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Caring Is Creepy 2012: Have a Seat, Anthony Clemmons


And just like that, Fran McCaffery has his Fab Five.  Iowa's fifth 2012 basketball commitment came this weekend from Lansing Sexton point guard Anthony Clemmons.  The 6'1", 185 lb. senior is largely unfollowed by the scouting services: Rivals has no ratingScout gave him two stars, and ESPN has him at 85/100 and completely weightless.  He held offers from Eastern Michigan (where he had initially committed to play), Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Detroit.  Clemmons, in fact, isn't the most highly-regarded player in his class at Sexton; his backcourt mate Denzel Valentine is a 3* Michigan State commit (another guard in his class, Bryn Forbes, is headed to Cleveland State, and forward Tyrin Wade is playing at DII Ferris State).  His high school team has won the last two Michigan Class B state championships.

Clemmons' ability to handle a team with so much talent is probably why we're talking about him now.  He knows how to organize an offense, he excels at getting to the basket and distributing in traffic, and he's a staunch defender.  He also reportedly wowed the crowd at the Las Vegas camp this summer by dunking on bigger players, so athleticism isn't likely to be an issue.  What Clemmons probably won't do is score in bunches; he hasn't been a key scorer for Sexton, and his outside shot might be a bit suspect.  Clemmons should be a good program guy, a potential lockdown defender at the top of the key, and another much-needed warm body who can handle the ball.  Anything beyond that is a bonus.