BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University guard Chris Clemons has filed paperwork with the NBA to enter the 2017 draft process. He has not hired professional representation which allows him the opportunity to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the draft or return for another season of college basketball.
Clemons completed his sophomore year as the country's second-leading scorer (25.1 points per game). A first-team All-Big South selection, Clemons set a school and Big South record with 51 points scored in Campbell's league quarterfinal win over defending champion UNC Asheville. He shattered the conference tournament record for total points (140) while leading the Camels (19-18) to their first Big South final since 1994 and the program's first post-season bid in 25 years.
"We had a great year as a team at Campbell and I was fortunate to have a lot of individual success," said Clemons. "The NCAA allows you to enter the NBA Draft early without putting your college eligibility in jeopardy to get feedback on where you stand. My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA and this is a step in the process of fulfilling that goal."
A native of Raleigh, N.C., and 2015 Millbrook High School graduate, Clemons set a host of school records, including points (904), field goals (301) and 3-pointers made (118) in a season for the Camels, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament.
"Chris is a phenomenal player and fortunately the NCAA allows players to see where the stand with the NBA as underclassman without representation," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan. "I believe this experience will be a good one for Chris and look forward to getting feedback for and on Chris from those experts at the next level."