He has played in 11 MAC Tournament games as part of two tournament championship squads. McClanahan has 140 career 3-pointers, starting 44 of the 97 games in which he has played.
Four years into his college career, McClanahan's responsibilities have changed somewhat, whereas he serves more of a leadership role to accompany his requirements as a shooter.
"At this point, I have to keep everybody relatively composed," said McClanahan, whose team had losses to Valparaiso and Duquesne after opening the season with two victories - including a defeat of host Mississippi State in the 2K Sports Classic. "Every year I've been here we've hit some sort of bump in the road. I just have to reinforce the fact that adversity comes regardless."
McClanahan admits to being stubborn, and wasn't sure what to expect after a long and arduous freshman year.
"It's been an adjustment," Akron Coach Keith Dambrot said. "It's been hard for him. Before, it's just been getting ready to play. He's made some sacrifices.
"He has a chance to play in more tournaments than anybody who has played (at Akron)."
Through three years, McClanahan's only MAC Tournament defeat came his sophomore year in overtime to Ohio in the semifinals.
His defense - a weak spot during his high school years - has improved immensely and he admits to enjoying the defensive end more.
"Coach D has made me a defender first," McClanahan said.
He'll graduate in the spring with a degree in business management, hoping to pursue a career in basketball, whether playing or coaching.
As for a southern West Virginia high school player looking to play in his third NCAA Tournament?
"I want to win a game in the tournament before I talk too much about it," he said. "We've been there twice and now it's time to advance a little further.
"It's easy to say you want more and more, but I'm thankful for what I've gotten. You don't expect to go to the tournament, you don't expect to win the MAC ... it's a grind day in and day out. It's nothing you can bank on."
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