March 26, 2012

Clemmons feeling fine

Future Hawkeye Anthony Clemmons was pretty happy on Sunday afternoon. The 6-foot-1 guard from Lansing, MI celebrated a second straight Class B State title on Saturday and he also dodged a major injury scare in the first half of the game.

After a tough semifinal win over Detroit Country Day, 75-59, in which Clemmons led Lansing Sexton in scoring with 21 points, he was looking forward to the state title game on Saturday.

Prior to the game he spent some time with Iowa assistant coach Sherman Dillard, who was in town and then headed to the title tilt against Stevensville Lakeshore.

In the second quarter, after scoring three points in the contest, Clemmons went up for a rebound and fell to the floor. His teammate, Jalen Hayes, fell on top of him and that led to a few moments of concern for the senior point guard.

"When my teammate fell on me, I felt my neck snap and then I started to have a lot of pain in my back," Clemmons said. "It was a scary moment, but I really tried to put it in the back of my mind until after the game. We went to the hospital afterwards and they checked me out and said I was fine expect for a bruised back."

The back injury means Clemmons will have to get some rest for the next week, but he should be fine in a short period of time.

"I'm doing fine now. I just need to keep some ice on it and get some rest in the next week," he said.

With a clean bill of health, and a second straight state title after the 67-32 win over Stevensville Lakeshore, Clemmons will start to turn his attention to his next stop, the University of Iowa. Clemmons has been a regular watcher of Hawkeye Basketball this year and tuned in for Iowa's first round NIT win over Dayton.

"I got to watch their first game, the win over Dayton," he said. "They were really impressive and the fans support was great. I was really happy that they made the NIT and got into post season play."

Clemmons is used to winning at the high school level and once he gets to Iowa in the fall, he hopes to continue that string of success on the court and do whatever it takes to get the Hawkeyes back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

"The goal for everyone is to make the NCAA Tournament. That will be our goal next year. I just want to do whatever I can to help the team reach that goal next year."

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