Clinkscales Signs LOI

PonyStampede.com was the first to report that Rodney Clinkscales had committed to SMU. We have since learned that the Illinois native has officially signed his letter of intent with the Mustangs.

PonyStampede.com was the first to report that Rodney Clinkscales had committed to SMU. We have since learned that the Illinois native has officially signed his letter of intent with the Mustangs.

"We are excited about the signing of Rodney," said SMU Coach Matt Doherty. "He is a gifted guard that can really shoot the ball. His toughness and leadership should benefit us a great deal next season."

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.

"Rodney is a high-character kid on and off the floor," says Dodge City Head Coach Brady Trenkle. "People will have a lot of fun watching him play, as he is capable of exploding on the offensive end at any time. He represented Dodge City in a first class manner from the day he stepped on campus and we will certainly miss him."

Clinkscales was selected All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference Second-Team as a freshman and will be a sophomore for the Mustangs in his first season on the Hilltop. In his lone season at Dodge City, he averaged 19.2 points while hitting 40.2 percent from three-point range and 78.5 percent at the free throw line. Clinkscales was fifth in the league with 2.62 three-point field goals per game. Clinkscales attended Dodge City after completing his prep career at Zion-Benton High School in Zion, Ill., which is just north of Chicago.

On Tuesday night, PonyStampede.com caught up with the combo guard to get his thoughts on why he chose SMU. "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. Welcome to the SMU Mustangs Rodney!

***Parts of this story are taken for the SMU SID's Office press release


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