Lansing’s Anthony Clemmons moves into starting lineup for Iowa, alongside Southfield’s Roy Devyn Marble

December 3, 2012 in Division I

By Patrick Hayes

Lansing Sexton grad and Iowa freshman Anthony Clemmons made his first start of the season over the weekend, a move that was likely spurred by Clemmons’ strong defense this season. Clemmons’ insertion also moves another Michigan native, Roy Devyn Marble of Southfield Lathrup, over from shooting guard to small forward. Marble talked about what Clemmons brings to the lineup to Scott Dochterman of the Iowa City Gazette:

Marble liked bringing Clemmons into the lineup early. Clemmons is a stout defender and that move helped set the tone.  The Islanders didn’t score until their seventh possession and Iowa was up 9-0.

“The defensive intensity starts with (Clemmons),” Marble said. “He’s at the point, and he’s one of our better defenders. When you’ve got a defensive-minded point guard, he’s at the top developing the pressure and the energy feeds off on the guys behind him. It will lead to better defensive possessions throughout the game.”

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery didn’t say how long he’d stay with Clemmons as a starter.

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