Is it Going to Be USF or UCF For Clanton?

Keith Clanton, the highly coveted 6'8 power forward from Orlando Christian Prep has narrowed his choices down to two schools, USF & UCF. Read on and find out the latest on one of Florida's elite big men that will sign in the early period.

With the start of the early signing period beginning on Wednesday, Bulls Head Coach Stan Heath is expecting several early signings, and also hoping that 6'8 forward Keith Clanton of Orlando Christian Prep is among them. Clanton was one of the USF staffs top Priorities for '09, but when will the coveted big man announce his decision?


"Soon," said Clanton. "I'm going to announce my choice before the signing period is over, but I haven't set a date yet. My mom and I are just looking at whatever is best for me and where I'm the most comfortable at."


It was once a three-horse race between South Florida, Central Florida, and South Carolina, but now it's down to two finalists that are still in the competition for Clanton.


 "I'm down to my last two schools, South Florida and UCF."


Clanton who was born in Hackensack N.J. but raised in Florida since he was young, decided that he wanted to stay in state and his family also really wanted him to stay close to home.


"I just like the Florida atmosphere and think that South Florida and UCF are a better situation for me then South Carolina."


The 6-8 versatile forward has been working on his final decision with his family and hopes to have a decision soon, but said it hasn't been easy.


 "It's been difficult," said Clanton. "Both are similar and I guess that's why I like these two the most."


Clanton said that things he was looking for are education, a good coaching staff, playing time, and if he bonded with the players, and added "Both of the schools have great qualities, good academics and I like the players and the coaches"


The 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward also said that both have disciplined coaches, similar depth charts and similar style of play and earlier had something to say about each of his finalists.


"With South Florida, I like that they play in the Big East which is one of biggest and best conferences and they were the first one to offer me"


"What I like about Central Florida is that they're right around the corner and real close to home and they've been recruiting me for awhile." 


Clanton has already visited both schools and with a decision coming by next Wednesday said that he may visit both again.


"I'm going to the UCF game tonight in about an hour," said Clanton. "And I'm probably going to try and see a USF game before next week too."


Last season, Clanton averaged 21 points, 64.9-percent from the floor, 13.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks leading Orlando Christian to a 27-2 record and its first state championship last season. During the playoff run, Clanton had 12 blocks and a triple-double in the semi-final, and was the championship game MVP after scoring 23 points with14 rebounds, and was the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Player of the Year.  

Clanton still has a choice to make but in the meantime has just began practicing with his team and said, "We look real good, and I think we have a great shot of winning the whole thing again."



Stay tuned with, as we keep you updated on which schools get the services of the athletic big man.

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