Considered a late bloomer, Claxton's marriage with Penn State came after he entertained thoughts of heading to prep school for a year. He managed to fly under the radar because he was injured last summer when he was with Wayne Simone's Connecticut Select team.
Simone's team has somewhat of recent history with late bloomers. Providence all-star forward Ryan Gomes flew under the radar and then exploded for the Friars. Fordham, Quinnipiac and Providence were courting Claxton.
For Claxton, Penn State took the lead a few weeks ago. "It started really when I took my unofficial visit there last month," Claxton said. "I liked the environment and educational wise it fits me; I'm going into business. It's a team that can improve and I think that as long as I work hard I can get a lot of playing time."
For a senior, Claxton sounds wise beyond his years when talking about some of the strengths in his game. "I think on the defensive end or rebounding. It's just basic fundamentals. Defense wins championships. Defense is the key."
The small forward is averaging 27 points a game. He'll make his official visit to Penn State next month.