Clemmons a Hawk

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Posted Sep 25, 2011


Anthony Clemmons re-opened his recruitment last month to see what else was available. When he received an Iowa offer and visited this weekend, he found a new home. Hawkeye Insider spoke with the point guard about his commitment.

Some people wondered if Iowa could secure another quality prep point guard in the 2012 Class after gaining a commitment from Mike Gesell. Anthony Clemmons answered that question on Sunday when he verballed to Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery.

"Not to be cocky or anything, but that's not something I'm really worried about," Clemmons said. "I know Coach McCaffery likes to have two ball handlers out there at the same time. I'm very competitive. I understand how I'm going to have to come in and compete for my minutes. I really don't have a problem with that at all."

Clemmons, who hails from Sexton High in Lansing, MI, received a scholarship offer from Iowa at an open gym on Sept. 14. He kept information to himself until officially visiting Iowa this weekend and committing to McCaffery Sunday morning before he left town.

"I wanted to make sure I did things right by the other coaches (that recruited him)," the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder said. "I got home Sunday and made all my calls and then I was ready to let it out."

Clemmons verbally committed to Eastern Michigan in August before opening things back up less than a week later. He wanted to look around and see what else was out there. Detroit, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan also offered him.

Senior Bryce Cartwright will be the only natural point guard on Iowa's roster this coming season. It's not surprising that McCaffery used two of his six available scholarships on the lead guard spot.

"He hit the breakfast table at his house (Sunday morning) and said welcome to the Hawkeyes," Clemmons said of McCaffery's reaction. "He was real excited. He said I fit in with the program right. He liked what I was going to bring to the table. He was real happy."

Clemmons said McCaffery told him that he liked the way the point guard can push it in transition. He liked how I can find open guys.

"He also likes how I can set it up in a half-court offense," Clemmons. "A lot of guys work in the half-court or in transition. He liked the way that I could do both. I can score whenever I need to and make other people better.

"He said I also play defense. He said that was probably the No. 1 thing he liked about me. I play defense and rebound as a guard."

Having grown up near Michigan State University, Clemmons realizes a dream of playing Big Ten basketball.

"That's real exciting," he said. "That's every kid's dream is to play at a high major. The Big Ten, that's a big step. I look at it as a challenge.

"Going to a mid-major could be a good thing because I might find it easier to get playing time. This makes me want to work more to get better. I hope to play at the next level after college."

Clemmons' classmate at Sexton, Denzel Valentine, has verbally committed to Michigan State.

"That's going to be interesting and fun," Clemmons said of returning to the Breslin Center at MSU. "My family will get to some see me there and a lot of fans from Lansing can watch me come in and play against my former teammate."

Clemmons will focus on improving all aspects of his game in the next year, but his main attention will be on academics for his senior year.

"I just want to keep my grades up and finish the year strong," he said. "A lot of people in their senior year don't really finish strong. They get that senioritis. They don't really want to take it serious."

Clemmons pushed Iowa's verbal commitments in '12 to five. In addition to he and Gesell, McCaffery has received pledges from Adam Woodbury, Kyle Meyer and Patrick Ingram.


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