Iowa Eying Clemmons

It took a while for Iowa to find 2012 point guard Anthony Clemmons. Now that the Hawkeyes have scouted him, the Michigan native said they're interested. Get to know Clemmons, Iowa's interest and where he is in the recruiting process right here.

Anthony Clemmons feels that he has a clear picture on where he stands with Iowa. The Class of 2012 point guard now hopes to raise his stock with the Hawkeyes.

"I've talked to the head coach (Fran McCaffery) twice recently," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lansing, MI product said. "Honestly, I think I'm their second option just because they didn't start recruiting me until (an AAU tournament in) Indianapolis (in early July). I showcased my talent there and they started to get interested.

"They followed me throughout July and through Vegas. They've really shown a lot of interest in me. They want to get me on campus (for a visit). Nobody wants to be a second option, but, hey, it is what it is."

Clemmons reports being offered by Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, IPFW and Detroit. He's visited the two directional Michigan schools and expected to see Northern Illinois the week of Aug. 15.

"I'm pretty much a guy that keeps my teammates involved," Clemmons said of his game. "I score when I have to. A lot of people call me a lock-down defender. I play defense really tough. I can shoot it pretty well. I've worked on my jumper a lot. You have to respect the jumper because I attack the rack pretty good."

Clemmons didn't lead his team in any major statistical category last year, but he averaged 4.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He played in the same backcourt as Denzel Valentine, who already has verbally committed to Michigan State.

Lansing State Journal Prep Reporter Geoff Kimmerly wrote in an April blog of Clemmons: He might be the best rebounding and defending guard in the area, and is one of the best floor leaders too.

Clemmons said he had two long conversations with McCaffery. The point guard felt a bond with the coach, he said.

"He told me he liked my game and that I was very consistent throughout the July period," said Clemmons, who ran with the Michigan Mustangs. "He said they wished they'd known about me a lot sooner because they would have been able to see me a lot more. That's why I think I don't have the offer on the table yet. I'm just not well known to them yet."

Clemmons said he's going to hold off on planning an Iowa trip for the time being.

"I'm just going to wait a little bit more just to see how much they like me and how close I am to getting an offer from them before I go on a visit," he said. "They were saying that they wanted to get me down during a football game to see what it's like. I hope to get there."

Clemmons would prefer to choose his college by early September, but it's not a hard time line.

"I don't really want to wait that long but I also want to take my time and make sure I'm making the best decision," he said. "I don't want to rush it and commit to somebody. I might not like it when I get there."

It could be interesting to see how long Clemmons waits for Iowa or the Hawkeyes wait on Ray Lee, their No. 1 backcourt choice still on the board. Trey Dickerson from NYC is another 2012 PG whom McCaffery likes a lot.

Lee was offered a scholarship by Iowa earlier in this summer. He has since picked up an offer from Texas to go with opportunities from Xavier, Central Florida, Iowa State, Baylor, Dayton and Virginia.

"His game is pretty smooth," said Clemmons of Lee, whom he's played against twice. "I'd say he's more of a combo guard, though, more than a true point. He's really good, don't get me wrong. He probably can run the one. But if I was a college coach, I'd say he's a combo guard. He's really good off of the ball and he can score."

Clemmons said he could play the two, but is a pure one.

"I recommend the ball be in my hands during the last three minutes so I can make a play," he said. "Either I can find a teammate in the right spot or I can score."


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