Vanderbilt transfer Eric McClellan was all set to help out Gonzaga in the backcourt with his debut on Thursday against the San Francisco Dons, but a minor injury to his foot now equals a set back of two weeks.
Per Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review, coach Mark Few said that McClellan will sit the next two weeks after he injured his foot in practice. Darnay Tripp with KREM tweeted McClellan has a slight break in his foot.
Eric McClellan will have to wait to make his debut. Slight bone break in foot, will be reevaluated in two weeks. pic.twitter.com/yFE4zJfZmx— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) January 7, 2015
McClellan led Vanderbilt in scoring through 12 games last season, averaging 14.4 points, and his arrival was supposed to help spell some time of relief for Kevin Pangos at point guard. Since Josh Perkins went down with a broken jaw on Nov. 26, Pangos has averaged 35 minutes per game, including playing the full 40 against St. John's.
Few told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that McClellan would also provide high-energy defense while Gary Bell takes a breather on the bench.
Assuming all goes well for McClellan, he will be ready to return in time for the Saint Mary's Gaels trip to Spokane on Jan. 22.
Jim Meehan has a word from McClellan on the matter.
McClellan: "I’m good, my spirits are high. It's an unfortunate event but what you going to do? I'll continue to smile through it all.":— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) January 7, 2015