Winger Brian Asbury and forward Adrian Thomas were the two initial commitments for head coach Frank Haith. Clemente, the Miami Tropics standout was also looking at Ohio State, Arkansas and Cincinnati. He is ranked the No. 90 player in America by TheInsiders.com.
Clemente was a first team all-american on the Christian School level last year as a junior at Miami (Fla.) Calusa Prep. "The other guys that made it were seniors from the Christian schools (Dwight Howard, etc.)," Tropics coach Art Alvarez said. "He led the entire state of Florida in scoring last year with 33 a game."
Clemente had a big finish to his month of July and that vaulted him into the Top 100. With big time scoring performances at the Peach Jam and later in Orlando, Clemente proved his worth as a fast, scoring point man.
"He was so solid with us in the spring and did well at Nike Camp," Alvarez said. "But he was so solid at the Peach Jam. He led the tournament in scoring and shot 60% from the floor. He had 40 points in one game against the D.C. Blue Devils. We played in a real tough bracket and I feel that he was able to prove that he could take anybody off the dribble that he was a point guard scorer and you can't press him."