EMU men’s basketball commitment: Anthony Clemmons
Rob Murphy has landed his first 2012 recruit for EMU.
According to a report in the Lansing State Journal today, Anthony Clemmons, of Sexton High School, has given a verbal commitment to Murphy and the Eagles. The 6-1 185 pound point guard is not rated by Rivals and is rated two stars by Scout. More telling than the ratings, he chose EMU over offers from MAC schools Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, plus Detroit, Indiana University-Purdue-Fort Wayne, Arkansas-Little Rock, Oakland, and Iowa.
Last season, Clemmons averaged 12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game for Sexton, though he’s been generally overshadowed by his teammate, Denzel Valentine, a 4-star shooting guard ranked as the 96th-best player nationally in the class of 2010. Valentine and Clemmons also play on the same AAU team, the Michigan Mustangs, and it’s been Clemmons’ play this summer that got the attention of college coaches.
They told me I could come in and play, and that there probably won’t be a better situation. Coach Murphy, I know he’s a winner, and I’d like to be a winner with him. [EMU’s losing record] was another part. I wanted to be part of the reason why they turned their program around.
Clemmons’ comments were very similar to what we heard from several of Murphy’s transfer recruits to EMU. It seems like athletes want to play for him, want to be part of a turnaround, and believe Murphy can do it.