Clemmons Back on Market

After verbally pledging to Eastern Michigan last week, Anthony Clemmons has re-opened his recruitment. The 2012 PG is looking at Iowa and Detroit and is hoping to create more interest.

Anthony Clemmons and his parents were elated when Eastern Michigan offered the point guard a scholarship. The excitement became so great, the Class of 2012 product verbally committed to the instate school.

"We were all just so happy," Clemmons said. "It's probably one of the best feelings ever to be offered a scholarship and be wanted."

As the days passed from that Aug. 14 announcement, Clemmons became unsure about his pledge. On Wednesday, he re-opened his recruiting process.

"I felt like I rushed into the situation," the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Lansing, MI said. "It was nothing against the coaches. I just wanted to enjoy the recruiting and seeing what else it out there."

Clemmons reports being offered by Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, IPFW and Detroit. He also is interested in Iowa, as he told me in a story published earlier this month.

"I plan on giving them a call," Clemmons said. "I know I was one of their top recruits. I want to reach out to them and let them know that I decommitted and hopefully get out there on a visit.

"I'm really looking forward to getting down to Iowa and checking out their campus and stuff. I know when I talked to them in the beginning of the month, I caught a good vibe from Coach (Fran) McCaffery and Coach (Sherman) Dillard."

Clemmons said that Iowa, Detroit and Eastern Michigan are his Top 3 schools even though the Hawkeyes have not offered a scholarship.

Clemmons' decommitment news surprised first-year Eastern Coach Rob Murphy.

"He was real relaxed about it," Clemmons said. "He was a little shocked and disappointed. I told him that I was still going to keep looking at them. He just told me not to forget about them."

Clemmons wants to see what other interest he can create when open gyms at his high school start next month. College coaches are permitted to view these workouts.

"I want to show them I've gotten better," he said.

Clemmons said this month has shown him he needs to be patient with his decision.

"I'm just going to wait and take my time," he said. "I really want to look into the schooling. I want to look into the education part instead of just the basketball part."


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