NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - Anthony Clemmons passed an early test. Iowa's junior point guard showed he's ready to lead.
Clemmons spoke out last week in regards to heralded recruit Trey Dickerson facing, what he felt, was too much pressure based on fan expectations. The junior from Michigan explained that no one should look to the JUCO transfer to replace departed star Roy Devyn Marble.
Clemmons realized that his comments might be misconstrued by Dickerson and others. He called his new teammate shortly after speaking with reporters a week ago.
"He said he was just trying to take pressure off me. There's a lot of expectations. He just wants me to be comfortable," Dickerson said.
"He didn't want me to take it the wrong way. He let me know where he was coming from and what he really meant and we just agreed on it. I understood what he meant."
Dickerson said he felt no animosity towards Clemmons. The newcomer said he's not concerned with outside pressure.
"There are a lot of high expectations but I'm always going to have high expectations for myself. I look at it and read it but I don't let it get to me. I just want to come out and find my role," he said.
Fans can watch Dickerson and Clemmons face off next week in the Prime Time League Final here at the Rec Center. They're pitted against each other after their teams advanced with victories in Thursday's semis.
"We both want to be in. We're competitive. The best player is going to play. The main thing is to find the right players to win the game. It's about winning games. It's bigger than me and Anthony," Dickerson said.
Dickerson scored 15 points and dished out eight assist in his team's blowout win on Thursday. Clemmons posted 24 points and eight assists.
"Every game motivates me. I don't care who I'm playing. I'm always going to play hard," Dickerson said.
Watch the complete interview with Dickerson from Thursday's PTL right here: