November 30, 2012 in Division I
Lansing Sexton graduate Anthony Clemmons was expected to be a reserve, spot-player as a freshman on the Iowa basketball team. His play early this season, however, is earning him much more responsibility. As Scott Dochterman of the Iowa City Gazette reports, Clemmons’ efforts, particularly at the defensive end, have been a pleasant surprise this season:
“He really fought defensively,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said after the game. “He played intelligent offense. He attacked the basket, he took what was there; he didn’t force anything. He did not play like a freshman.”
Clemmons also provided a spark offensively. He drilled a 3-pointer to keep Iowa within one point four minutes before halftime. He helped whittle Iowa’s deficit during the 16-2 run with a drive to the basket. He later hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to keep the Hawkeyes close before the defense collapsed in the defeat.
“That’s part of my game, being a slasher,” Clemmons said. “I try not to settle for my jumper, that’s one thing I brought into my game coming into college.”