Campbell travels to D.C. from N.C. and features 5’9” NCAA scoring leader Chris Clemons coming off winning some hardware at the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic. Hoyas’ guards James Akinjo, Mac McClung, and Jagan Mosely will have their hands full. What could go wrong?
The Fighting Camels have a smaller lineup with a 6’7” starting center in Andrew Eudy expected to matchup with Jessie Govan, and 6’6” freshman forward Isaac Chatman to face Trey Mourning and Josh LeBlanc.
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The Camels (3-2) defeated Florida A&M (66-59) and Austin Peay (78-72) at Montego Bay to claim their first in-season tournament trophy since the 2016 Holy City Hoops Classic.
The nation’s leading scorer, Chris Clemons (31.6) scored 34 points, while Cory Gensler added a career-high 25 and the Camels shot 61 percent in the second half Sunday against Austin Peay. Clemons posted his 18th career 30-plus point outing and extended his double-figure scoring streak to 87 games, the longest among all active players and sixth-best in NCAA Division I history. Gensler canned 10-of-13 shots (5-7 threes) and joined Rose Hall Division MVP Clemons on the all-tournament team.
Oh how we missed you, signature backdoor cut. ✂️ pic.twitter.com/I4L7gdTPuD— Campbell Basketball (@GoCamelsMBB) November 9, 2018
Clemons gave college basketball fans a memorable performance on Tuesday, and a preview as to what could come from him and the Camels for the rest of the season. He poured in 44 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the floor. In overtime, he scored all 15 of the Camels points. The Raleigh native also added eight rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Oh, and he played 41 minutes, the majority of which he was as his team’s primary ball-handler, and he didn’t tally one turnover.
“As I look at the stat sheet, sometimes I can’t even believe my eyes,” McGeehan said. “That couldn’t have happened as a younger player for (Clemons) and that shows a lot of maturity. He made a ton of shots, a ton of plays, he made free throws when they mattered.”
Yeah, Chris Clemons is only 5-9. But he’s the tallest man in town if he stands on his box scores. From there 85 games in a row he’s scored in double figures, to the 65 times he has broken 20 points, to the 24.9 average he had as a junior, which made him the top scorer in the nation returning this season.
And, yeah, it is a little different, how he sets up for his free throws off-center, not far from where the circle meets the stripe, like a kicker lining up for a field goal attempt on the right hash mark. But he’s a career 84-percent shooter from the line, so you want to be the one to tell him to change?
Earlier this month, Clemons scored 51 points to help the Camels beat UNC-Asheville, 81-79, in a Big South tournament game. The next night he scored 33 in a 66-50 win over Radford. Give him too much space, and he’ll drain a 3-pointer on you. Play him too close, and he’ll dribble right by you. There isn’t much Clemons’ opponents can do – except hope he has a bad game.
Chris Clemons, the nation’s second-leading scorer, had 27 points and Campbell rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat Florida A&M 66-59 on Friday to start the Jamaica Classic. Clemons, who came in averaging 32.3 points, started a 19-0 second-half run with a 3-pointer, Trey Spencer capped it with a 3 for a 48-46 lead and Campbell didn’t trail the rest of the way.
...Campbell shot 43.6 percent (.24-55) overall made 10-of-29 from 3-point distance (.345) and 15-of-23 (.652) from the line, but was hampered by a season-high 19 turnovers. Campbell led by as many as 12 in the first half when Andrew Eudy finished a transition layup for a 23-11 edge that prompted Ohio head coach Saul Phillips to call timeout with 10:08 left in the half...
Campbell shot 60.9 percent (14-23) in the first half, hit 7-of-13 threes (.583), matched the taller Bobcats on the glass (17-17) and outscored the hosts 16-0 in transition. Ohio made 14-of-34 first-half shots, including 6-of-14 beyond the arc, and 1-of-2 from the stripe.
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Campbell (18-16, 10-8 Big South) Chris Clemons. When hearing his name, there are two reactions. For Campbell fans, there’s joy and excitement; for everyone else its fear and anxiety. Why? This man averaged 24.9 points per game, and that’s fourth in the nation. He started last season by dropping 39 points on Penn State. He dropped 42 points on Liberty in late January and went on to score at least 20 points in the final eight regular season games.
But basketball is a team sport and the Camels will need a better team effort this season, especially when having four players transfer out the program. But hey, Clemons is still dangerous.
...Georgetown’s current roster features only one player over 6-foot-8, junior Omer Yurtseven, likely to receive significant minutes next season...
Wilson is a three-star recruit from Columbia, South Carolina ranked as the 42nd best center in his class by 247sports. At Ridge View High School last year, Wilson averaged 9.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 6.4 blocks per game and led the Blazers to their first ever state championship.
Ighoefe, a member of the NBA Academy Africa, has had less exposure to top level talent his age, but is known for his remarkable measurables. The Nigerian has a 7-foot-7.5 wingspan, an 8-foot-11 standing reach, and a 10-foot-11 one-step vertical. In August, Ighoefe participated in the 2018 NBA G-League Player Invitational, notching six points and eight rebounds in two scrimmages.
Both players stand out for their shot blocking ability, but they are underdeveloped, especially offensively. A similarly underdeveloped center when he arrived at Georgetown in 1981, Ewing is taking a chance on two players he hopes can dominate in the paint for the Hoyas over the four years.
NB: Patrick Ewing was the best prospect of his class and thought to be a generation-leading big man. To call him “similarly undeveloped” is not correct.
Also, the pronunciation appears to be “Egoh-wef-ay” according to his video below—linguists feel free to help hone this...
Learn more about Timothy Ighoefe, who has signed his letter of intent to attend Georgetown University! The Nigerian is a product of the #NBAAcademy Africa. Congratulations, Timothy https://t.co/bkhvliemcD pic.twitter.com/jqk4XflZQ6— NBA Africa (@NBA_Africa) November 22, 2018
I had someone try to tell me that even if Illinois had Trent Frazier in the Georgetown game, there was no guarantee they would have won. Well, I am here to say that I would guarantee that the Illini would have taken down the Hoyas if they had Frazier.
Frazier is one of the best players I have seen come through the Illinois basketball program in my lifetime. This kid has everything you want in a player. He is the most competitive athlete I have seen in the Orange and Blue in a long time. He has a shot that makes NBA players jealous. This kid also has handles that are solid enough to run circles around defenders.
I love, mostly, everything about Frazier’s game. He showed why he is the leader on this Illini team on Monday night against No. 3 Gonzaga.