Clanton Surfaces

After putting together a big performance at a pre-Christmas tournament, Keith Clanton is getting more college interest. The big man updated on his play and recruitment.

The Amare Stoudemire Invitational Classic certainly was loaded with talent as guys like Renardo Sidney, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jordan Hamilton highlighted the event. While those guys were expected to play great, it was Keith Clanton that stepped up and surprised us.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward led Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep to a handful of wins in the losers bracket and faced off against some talented prospects. Throughout the event, Clanton showed an ability to play on the block, but also face up defenders.

"I think I'm a player that can play the three or four and make big shots," Clanton said. "With a big man on me I can go off the dribble, but when a smaller guard guards I usually go and post up. I have a good mid-range game too I think."

"I feel more comfortable on the wing, but when I have a smaller defender on me I usually go inside and post up," the talented forward added.

Despite playing for a well-recognized AAU program this past summer (Team Breakdown), Clanton, a 2009 prospect, hadn't developed a big name. Now college coaches across the country are after him.

"Recruiting is going good right now," Clanton said. "I'm not really focused on it all that much, I'm just trying to get better."

Clanton has received interest from Florida, Miami, Florida State, Texas, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh and Indiana. At this stage in the game none of the schools have offered scholarships.

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