September 25, 2011

Clemmons picks Iowa

After spending the weekend in Iowa City on his official visit, Anthony Clemmons knew that the University of Iowa and playing for Coach Fran McCaffery was the perfect fit for him. After picking up an offer from the Hawkeyes, the 6-foot-1 point guard made his verbal commitment this morning to Coach McCaffery before returning home to Lansing, Michigan.

"I sat down with Coach McCaffery this morning and we had a great conversation. We talked about my senior year and how important it is to finish out strong. Then I told him I was going to be a Hawkeye. He was really happy and said, 'Welcome to being a part of the Hawkeye family'," Clemmons said Sunday evening.

Clemmons waited until this evening to let the news go public so he could call coaches from the other schools that were recruiting him. He chose Iowa over scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, and Detroit.

Earlier in the summer, Clemmons made a verbal commitment to Eastern Michigan, but backed out of that verbal pledge fairly quickly. This time around, he is completely comfortable with his decision.

"I felt like I didn't rush it this time. I really compared Iowa to the other schools and made visits to other schools. I'm really happy that I took my time this time around and now it takes a lot of stress off me so I can focus on the season."

Clemmons arrived in Iowa City on Thursday evening with his parents and his official visit got underway on Friday morning with a meeting with the Iowa coaches. From there, he spent some time with the Hawkeyes players, including his host this weekend, fellow Michigan native Devyn Marble.

"Devyn and I got to know each other a little bit this summer when he was back in Michigan. He came up to Lansing a few times and we worked out and played some pickup together. He's a really good guy and made me feel very comfortable on my visit."

The official visit also included attending the Iowa Football game on Saturday and he came away with glowing praise for the Hawkeye fans he met all weekend long.

"The football game wasn't really very close, but the Iowa fans were great. The Hawkeye fans were really friendly and supportive all weekend long and they made me and my family feel right at home," Clemmons said.

Coach McCaffery wasn't specific about the role he sees Clemmons playing next year. The main message was that if he comes in and works hard and plays hard that he will not have any trouble finding playing time right away.

Clemmons is already anxious to make a return trip to Iowa City and that could come in a few weeks when the Hawkeye Basketball team opens practice on October 15th.

"I am planning to come back again, hopefully on October 15th when Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury are there. I really want to meet both of them and get to know them," Clemmons said. "I will definitely be back for some basketball games if I can and I will be at the game when they play up here against Michigan State."

Clemmons is Iowa's fifth verbal commitment in the Class of 2012. The Hawkeyes have one scholarship that remains open in this class.


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