BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Brooks Cluxton of Oviedo, Fla., has signed a national letter of intent with Campbell University, head men's basketball coach Kevin McGeehan announced Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 forward will join the Fighting Camel program in the fall of 2017 along with Ja'Cor Nelson of Hopkins, S.C., and Jordan Whitfield of Raleigh, N.C., both of who signed during the early recruitment period.
As a senior at The Master's Academy, Cluxton was named to the All-Central Florida third team, as well as the FACA all-district unit. He averaged 16.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and five blocks per outing, while leading his squad to the Rock Holiday Classic championship.
During his freshman year, Cluxton was a 5-foot-8 guard, but grew a foot during high school while playing for head coach Reggie Kohn. He helped The Master's win a class 3-A district title in 2015, the program's first in 29 years, and to a 63-18 won-lost record in three varsity seasons.
"Brooks is going to be a great addition to our basketball program," said McGeehan. "He possesses excellent dribbling and passing skills for a player his size and has a very good sense for the game. He has good touch around the basket and also has an understanding – positionally and with regard to timing on the defensive end and on the glass. We are excited about what the future holds for him as a Fighting Camel."
Over his three-year varsity career, Cluxton averaged 10.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks, while shooting 64 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point distance.
Cluxton joins a Fighting Camel program that advanced to the quarterfinal round of the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament and finished 19-18 overall. The Camels reached the Big South Conference championship game for the first time since 1994. Record-breaking sophomore guard Chris Clemons finished second in the nation in scoring (25.1).
2017 Campbell Men's Basketball Recruits
Brooks Cluxton | 6-8, 190 | Forward | Oviedo, Fla. | The Master's Academy
Named to the All-Central Florida third team, as well as the FACA all-district unit as a senior when he averaged 16.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and five blocks… Led his squad to the Rock Holiday Classic championship… Grew a foot during high school while playing for head coach Reggie Kohn… Helped The Master's win a class 3-A district title in 2015, the program's first in 29 years, and to a 63-18 won-lost record in three varsity seasons… Averaged 10.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks, while shooting 64 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point distance during his career… Chose Campbell after considering USC Upstate, Colgate and Tennessee Tech…
Ja'Cor Nelson | 6-3, 185 | Guard | Hopkins, S.C. | Lower Richland
Led Lower Richland High School to 4-A state championship… Averaged 15 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals and shot 62 percent from the floor as a senior… Named to South Carolina Basketball Coaches 4-A All-State team…Named 4-A state player of the year… North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game participant… Finished career with 1,124 points… Tabbed one of top 25 players in South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer… Named a top-10 Midlands player to watch by The State as a junior, when he averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.1 assists… 2016 South Carolina AAA all-state and all-region selection and was runner-up as the region 5-AAA player of the year.
Jordan Whitfield | 6-1, 175 | Guard | Raleigh, N.C. | Millbrook
Two-year Cap-8 All-Conference member, averaging 15.5 points as a senior… Scored 760 career points in two years at Millbrook, 15th all-time on the school's scoring list… Tallied career-high 39 points (second-most in a game in school history behind Chris Clemons' 41) vs. Wakefield… Scored in double figures in 39 of 52 career games, shooting 37 percent beyond the arc, dishing 202 assists… Named to the 2016 HighSchoolOT.com Triangle Tip-Off All-Tournament team… Guided Millbrook to Cap-8 Conference Tournament Championship… As a junior, averaged a team-high 13.9 points… Younger brother of Campbell red-shirt senior, Shane Whitfield… Dealt a school-record 13 assists vs. Harrells Christian Academy... Played three seasons at Word of God Christian Academy, where he teamed with his older brother to lead the Holy Rams to win the prestigious 2012 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational…