Available Senior PG: Cliff Clinkscales

Cliff Clinkscales made the move from Queens, N.Y., to Ocala, Fla., three years ago and the move appears to finally be starting to pay off. The 6-foot pass-first point guard is starting to get some ACC looks of late.

The Atlanta Celtics struggled through last summer despite boasting arguably the most talented frontline in the history of AAU hoops. The reason was the lack of a floor leader.

All that changed when Cliff Clinkscales joined the squad.

The 6-foot, 165-pound Clinkscales, who decided to leave Queens, N.Y., three years ago for sunny Ocala, Fla., and a chance to play at Shores Christian (Fla.), is one of the top unsigned players around. He's a pass-first point guard who gets his teammates involved, but can also put up his fair share of points.

Clinkscales is averaging 18.7 points and 10.3 assists per game this season and his play has attracted the interest of the likes of Florida State, Clemson, St. Bonaventure, Georgia, South Florida and Rhode Island. There is no leader at this time, according to Clinkscales.

The Bonnies and FSU both came to watch him last week.

``He's heady and is an unbelievable passer," Shores Christian coach Danny Smith said. "It's amazing the way he sees the floor and gets his teammates involved. His shot has really improved this season."

``I make people better," added Clinkscales. "I set people up for their own shots and get everyone involved. Some people say I pass too much."

That's been the knock on Clinkscales in the past: Whether he can keep defenses honest and knock down the outside shot with consistency.

But this year he's shooting 40 percent from long distance and is also knocking down 75 percent of his free throws.

Clinkscales, 18, never really played summer basketball until this past summer, when he started the year backing up his friend, Josh Wright, with the Long Island Panthers before making the switch to the Atlanta Celtics.

``That made my job pretty easy playing with guys like Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Randolph Morris," Clinkscales said. "Every coach watched us play and they made me look good and I helped make them look good, also."


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