A couple weeks ago, PonyStampede.com was the first to report the news that Dodge City Community College's (KS) Rodney Clinkscales received an offer from Matt Doherty and SMU. We have since learned that that the 6'0 combo guard has decided to become a Mustang, choosing SMU over Illinois State.
"I'm really excited. I wanted to find a school that I could do well at basketball wise and academically. I feel like SMU is the best fit for me. My parents are excited! We are all excited about next season," stated Clinkscales to PonyStampede.com.
Clinkscales averaged over 19 points a game his 1st season at Dodge City. He also led in steals and was second in assists. In 30 starts, he shot over 41% from the field and 39% from three-point land.
"I went down for the visit and the thing that caught my eye was the love from the players. They accepted me with open arms. They seemed like they were more excited for me to come to SMU compared to elsewhere," said Clinkscales. "There were no promises of me starting or anything, but they know that I'm going to come ready and that I'm a hard worker. There is a good possibility of me playing a lot of minutes."
After being led by Paul McCoy and Derek Williams last year, could it be possible that we see both guards plus Clinkscales on the floor at the same time?
"When I was down there, I was playing around with them, and we were on the same team then. I can definitely see us playing at the same time together on the floor. It would be fun. A lot of run and gun," 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 and 145th 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."
So as a combo guard, what does Clinkscales prefer more? Being a playmaker with the ball in his hands or moving without the ball?
"It doesn't matter to me. What ever it takes to win the game. If I feel like I'm not making as many shots as someone on my team, I want to play the point guard. If I am hitting shots, than I'm not afraid to shoot. Just whatever it takes to win."
Clinkscales will have three years of eligibility at SMU after only playing one season at the junior college ranks. This Wednesday, will start the regular signing period for college basketball.