Derrick Clayton already has covered a lot of territory in his hoops career. The 6-5 SG is a Bay area native who previously competed for the Oakland Rebels. Now, the slender senior wing has relocated to Florida's Elev8te (not a typo) Academy to undertake his senior campaign.
Clayton was arguably the best shooter at this past weekend's Workout. He boasts a quick release in addition to his impressive accuracy, and he's also a reasonably quick athlete.
That said, a player of his talent typically would have drawn more college attention than he presently holds. Clearly, late high school changes can tear academics asunder as well as create out-of-sight, out-of-mind issues, but Clayton is working to solidify his presence on the regional and even national stage.
And while on the one hand acknowledging the importance of basketball, he insists that academics will play a role in his decision.
"My plan is to go to college all four years and get a degree," he said. "So graduation rate will be very important."
Clayton added that he doesn't have a timetable for the process or his ultimate decision.