Dream Come True For Clanton

The ink is dry and the letter sent. Javonte Clanton is on board as a member of the 2008 Colorado men's basketball class. Playing for a BCS school is a dream come true for the guard.

"Playing in a BCS conference has been a dream my whole life," Javonte Clanton said Wednesday. "Seeing that dream come true is kind of crazy."

Clanton is one of five players expected to sign letters of intent to play at Colorado today, the first day of the early basketball signing period.

Clanton prepped at Reynoldsburg High in Columbus, Ohio, and played part of one season at Niagra. He transferred to Blinn Junior College in Texas prior to this school, and is a starting guard for the Buccaneers.

Blinn assistant coach Tra Arnold describes Clanton as a hard-nosed player. Clanton took a humble approach when asked to describe his own game.

"I'm nothing special," Clanton said. "But I think I'm pretty solid in all areas of the game. I try and knock down open shots, and play as hard as I can on defense."

Consistent effort on defense, and an ability to hit open 3-pointers is something CU coach Jeff Bzdelik wants from his players. And Clanton got that message loud and clear during the recruiting process.

"Knocking down open shots was a big thing with him because the offense consists of a lot of (3 point opportunities)," Clanton said of what Bzdelik told him. "He's a perfectionist, I think. That's the kind of vibe I get from him.

"Sometimes the shots aren't going to be falling, but defense, you can bring that every night."

Clanton was familiar with Bzdelik after Air Force recruited he and high school teammate Evan Washington at Reynoldsburg High. Washington is a freshman on the Air Force team this season.

Clanton visited CU during the weekend Colorado beat Oklahoma in football. He said the opportunity to play for a coach with Bzdelik's experience was the main factor in choosing the Buffs.

"I just like the way he demands a lot out of his players. He gets the most out of his teams," Clanton said. "I'd like to learn a lot about the game, and he's done been everywhere and coached at every level. He's the reason I wanted to go there."

Incidentally, one of Clanton's teammates at Blinn this season is Dale Vanwright, the former Ricardo Patton recruit (2006) who wasn't admitted into CU. Blinn is 4-1 going into Wednesday night's game with Coastal Blend College.

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