After spending last season at Wesley Christian (KY), a prep school on the east side of Kentucky, Keith Clemons Jr. has looked to up his stock playing for Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana. Playing at a relatively new school that is also small in size, Clemons flew under the radar of division 1 schools last year and is looking to put those schools on notice as he and Vincennes look to make a national title run.
Coming off the bench in his freshman season, Clemons has helped lead Vincennes to a 28-1 record, while recording 11 points and 2 assists per game. He’s also proved to be a consistent knock-down shooter from behind the arc, as he’s shooting over fifty percent from three-point range this season. With such a successful season, Clemons and Vincennes are primed for a run in post-season play.
“Right now we’re the number one team in our district,” said Clemons on his expectations for the post-season, “So we’re hoping to just win the district. We’re still ranked number three nationally, so we hope we can get a high side for the national tournament.”
If Vincennes can have a successful post-season run to the national championship, Clemons will be provided the opportunity to showcase his skills on the biggest stage in junior college basketball. After nearly one full season is in the books, he feels much improved on his game from over a year ago, and credits the junior college competition for that success.
“At the junior college or any college level compared to high school, the biggest difference is the defensive end,” said Clemons when asked about how he’s developed over the season, “In high school you only have to worry about one or maybe two players that will be dominate on the court, but at the college level everybody is a threat, so your defense has to approve.”
With another season left to play, Clemons will look to build on his early success and step into a lead role on the floor. Already proving the ability to score big points off the bench, he could open the eyes of colleges from all over the country once getting comfortable in that role, but for now Clemons has his eye on one thing. A national championship.