"Right now the schools that are showing me the most interest are SMU, and Illinois State. I have it narrowed down between those two schools," said Clinkscales. "I went to SMU last weekend and I'm planning on going to Illinois State really soon. I still need to set up a visit because I would like to make my decision as soon as possible."
A 6-foot combo guard, Clinkscales averaged over 19 points a game and led Dodge City CC in steals and was second in assists. In 30 starts, he shot over 41% from the field and 39% from three-point land.
"They (SMU) said that I could come there immediately and help them right away. They think that I could come in and be pretty effective," stated the guard. "I did pretty good individually this year, but my team struggled a bit."
When asked about what he thought of SMU's state of the art practice facility, Clinkscales responded, "It's pretty nice. They took me on a tour of the whole place and I really liked it. It was a great gym. I really liked SMU. It was pretty nice."
So between SMU and Illinois State, does Clinkscales have a favorite?
"Right now it's about 50/50. I'm looking for a school with a family environment. I'm not asking for too much. I'm not picky. I just want somewhere I feel like I belong," said Clinkscales.
Playing his high school basketball at Zion Benton (North of Chicago), Clinkscales was crucial his senior year in leading his team to a 33-4 record. They ended the season as the MaxPreps 5th ranked team in the state 145h team in the nation.
"I had some Division I interest, but what happened was, I was a late qualifier. A lot of D-1 schools were interested, but they didn't have any scholarships left for me when I got everything in order. That is why I went the junior college route at first."
Who player does Clinkscales compare his game to?
"I really just try to play. I like to be compared to players, but I never compare myself to another player. I'm just really trying to make a name for myself out there."
PonyStampede.com will stay on the situation and let Pony fans know when Rodney Clinkscales makes a decision. Stay tuned!
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