BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After leading the Big South Conference and ranking third in the nation in scoring, Chris Clemons of Campbell University has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 3 second team.
A first-team All-Big South Conference, All-Big South Tournament and Big South All-Academic selection, Clemons has led the Camels to the quarterfinal round of the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament. Entering Saturday's game vs. Furman, Clemons is averaging 25.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Only Marcus Keene of Central Michigan (30.0) and Mike Daum of South Dakota State (25.1) own higher scoring averages among the 351 NCAA Division I teams than the sophomore guard from Raleigh.
"This is another in a long line of great honors for Chris," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan. "I'm very happy for his success and that the NABC has recognized the season he has had. Chris' growth and development throughout the year have been impressive and fun to be a part of. I'm looking forward to his continued success and the success of the Campbell basketball program."
Clemons has scored at least 20 points 27 times in 35 games this year with six outings of 30-plus points. He has scored in double figures in 50-consecutive games, the longest active streak among Big South Conference players, and has re-written the Campbell record book.
His 1431 points in 65 career games are the most scored by a Big South player in his first two years in the league. Clemons has shattered the school single-season scoring record (875) and has set CU marks for most field goals (290) and 3-pointers (114) in a year.
Clemons' 51-point outburst in the Big South quarterfinal round win over UNC Asheville broke the previous conference mark by five points and surpassed a school record that had stood for 50 years. Clemons tallied a Big South Championship record 140 points in four games while leading the Camels to their first league final since 1994.
In the opening round of the CIT post-season tournament, Clemons broke his own Gore Arena scoring record with 39 points in a 98-79 win over Houston Baptist. He tallied 26 points (on just 17 shots) in Monday's CIT second round 73-56 win over UT Martin.
Campbell (19-17) hosts Southern Conference regular season co-champion Furman (22-11) Saturday at 2 p.m. in the CIT quarterfinals.
Keon Johnson of Winthrop and UNC Asheville's Ahmad Thomas were named to the NABC All-District first team along with Garrison Mathews of Lipscomb, North Florida's Dallas Moore and Brandon Goodwin of Florida Gulf Coast.
Clemons is joined on the all-district second team by Xavier Cook of Winthrop, UNC Asheville's MaCio Teague, Kendrick Ray of Kennesaw State and Michael Buchanan of USC Upstate. Nick McDevitt of UNC Asheville and FGCU's Joe Dooley shared District 3 coach of the year honors.
The NABC District 3 is comprised of Atlantic Sun and Big South Conference schools.
NABC All-District 3
Keon Johnson, Winthrop
Ahmad Thomas, UNC Asheville
Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
Dallas Moore, North Florida
Brandon Goodwin, FGCU
Xavier Cook, Winthrop
Kendrick Ray, Kennesaw State
MaCio Teague, UNC Asheville
Chris Clemons, Campbell
Michael Buchanan, USC Upstate
District 3 Coaches of the Year: Nick McDevitt, UNC Asheville and Joe Dooley, Florida Gulf Coast
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.