Tigers evaluating Georgia forward

CLEMSON - South Georgia's known as a richly stocked area for high school football prospects. The Clemson basketball staff has its eye on of the area's top basketball players.

PF Willie Clayton Profile

Thomasville High School rising senior Willie Clayton was recently in Clemson for the Big Shots Clemson AAU tournament.

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound power forward was one of a few Clemson targets who were in for the May tournament. It was Clayton's first visit to Tigertown.

"I like it," he told CUTigers.com, when asked about what he thought about the Clemson campus. "I haven't seen the students really, and how everyone interacts with each other.

"I like the gym. They've got a lot of seats in there. I know the games get packed. I like that."

Charlotte, Central Florida, Mercer and Georgia Southern have offered. Along with Clemson, Georgia and Memphis are also expressing interest.

Clemson associate head coach Rick Ray serves as Clayton's primary recruiter for the Tigers.

"He was talking to me about coming to Clemson. The school's population, the rituals of Clemson—things like that," Clayton said.

Clayton would like to visit Charlotte again, and hopes to return to Clemson for the elite camp.

What's he looking for in a school at the next level?

"Academics are number one. Then, I'm going to look at the coaching staff, and then the players," Clayton said.

As a junior, he averaged 28 points and 10 rebounds.

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