Clemons earns second-straight Big South Player of the Week honor

Chris Clemons
(Zach Bland photo)
Chris Clemons (Zach Bland photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Chris Clemons of Campbell University has earned his second-straight Big South Conference player of the week honor after averaging 26 points over a four-game span.  The sophomore guard from Raleigh, N.C., also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the Camels went 3-1 in the Holy City Hoops Classic.

The 2015 graduate of Millbrook High School extended his 20-plus point scoring streak to eight games and moved up to fourth among the national scoring leaders in NCAA Division I at 24 points per game.   He stands third nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (3.78).

Clemons opened last week with a 27-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist performance in just 27 minutes of a 92-60 victory over NAIA member Allen.  He then scored 77 total points as the Camels played three games in three days over the weekend at Charleston, S.C.

On Friday, the 5-foot-9 Clemons contributed 26 points and six boards in an 80-73 overtime loss to USC Upstate.  He then scored 24 points, including 5-of-11 triples, in a 73-71 OT victory Saturday against Colgate.  In Sunday's 97-91 win over host Citadel, Clemons tallied 27 points on 9-of-16 from the floor, 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the line in addition to dealing four assists.

Through Sunday's games, Clemons leads the Big South in scoring and 3-point field goals made, stands fourth in free throw percentage (.864), 3-point accuracy (.405) and assists (3.22), while rating sixth in steals (2.0) and eighth in field goal percentage (.444).

He has topped the 20-point barrier 19 times in 39 career contests.  Clemons has led the Camels to four victories in their last five contests and a 5-4 record overall.  In addition, he leads the team with eight dunks through nine games.

Campbell Notes:

  • Red-shirt junior forward Shane Whitfield (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) hit career highs for points (29), rebounds (10), field goals (9) and free throws (11) in Sunday's win at The Citadel. He scored 23 points in the second half when CU rallied from an 8-point deficit at the break by shooting 67 percent and scoring 61 points in the final period.
  • Freshman guard Cory Gensler (Cary, N.C./Cary) turned in a season-best 12 points plus 5 assists in the win at Citadel.  He has started eight-straight games and is one of two Camels to average more than 30 minutes played per game (30.1).
  • Senior guard Kyre' Hamer (Stone Mountain, Ga./Miller Grove) returned to action Friday after missing five games due to injury and contributed 9.3 points and 4 rebounds as CU went 2-1 in 3 games over the weekend. He shot 60 percent from the field.
  • Junior center Mogga Lado (Nampa, Idaho/Big Bend CC) had a season-best 13 points and blocked the potential game winning shot with 5 seconds left in a 73-71 OT win Saturday over Colgate.
  • As a team, Campbell leads the Big South Conference in defensive field goal percentage (.392), 3-point field goal defense (.271), blocked shots (4.78) and defensive rebounds (29.0).
  • The Camels have registered the two best shooting performances of any Big South Conference team year – 61.7 percent (37-60) vs. Bridgewater (Nov. 15) and 60 percent (33-55) Sunday at The Citadel.
  • On Friday and Saturday, Campbell played back-to-back OT games for the first time since Jan. 2-5, 2013.
  • In 4 seasons under Coach Kevin McGeehan, CU is now 7-2 vs Southern Conference foes, 2-1 this year.
  • Campbell (5-4) takes a 9-day break for final exams before returning to action Dec. 14 vs defending CAA champ UNCW in the first of three-straight home games.
  • Monday's award marked the eighth weekly honor Clemons has received in two seasons at Campbell.  He was named the Big South freshman of the week on six occasions in 2015-16, when he took home Big South freshman of the year recognition.