BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After going through the NBA evaluation process, Chris Clemons will return for his junior season at Campbell University. Clemons had filed paperwork with the NBA last month to enter the 2017 draft process. He did not hire professional representation which allowed him the opportunity to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the draft or return for another season of college basketball.
A five-foot-nine guard from Raleigh, 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.
During the evaluation process, Clemons traveled to workouts with the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets.
"I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates, supporters and the Campbell University staff for the support and love that they have shown me during my NBA draft experience," said Clemons. "After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided to return to Campbell University to continue my collegiate career and the pursuit of my college degree. This experience has taught me so much and I am excited to use my knowledge to grow as a player and teammate to help the Campbell Men's Basketball program achieve great things."
A 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.
"The last month has been an incredible experience for Chris," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan, who is entering his fifth season in charge of the program. "We have learned so much through this process and are excited to be able to apply all that we have learned to our individual and team growth and improvement. The opportunity to communicate with both the Celtics and Nuggets with regard to Chris' ability and strengths and areas for development will be invaluable moving forward. I view this experience as a step in the process for both Chris and Campbell Basketball. He has handled everything with great maturity and is eager to take Campbell Basketball to new heights. I believe these experiences will help drive Chris and help foster his leadership skills as well. We all look forward to what's next."
Clemons heads a group of seven players who played double figure minutes while leading the Camels to a 5-2 record while reaching the Big South Championship game and CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament quarterfinal round. Also returning from the 2016-17 rotation are rising seniors Shane Whitfield and Mogga Lado, along with junior Andrew Eudy and sophomores Marcus Burk, Cory Gensler, Damontez Oliver and Austin Burnette.