Player Profiles: Keon Clergeot

Auburndale, FL (Auburndale High School)
170 lbs
Former Team: Memphis Tigers

2016-2017 Overview:

Key Stats:
9.9 MPG     3.8 PPG     1.2 RPG     .4 APG     .2 SPG     36.5 % FG     31.8 % 3FG     77.5 %FT

Yet another exciting prospect for the future is Clergeot. Originally, Keon was a 3 star commit out of Florida and was selected to the Class 6A all State first team after he led Polk county in scoring at a rate of 26.5 points per game while distributing 6 assists and contributing 8 boards on the glass. He originally signed with Texas Tech and Tubby Smith over A-10 offers of Towson, VCU, and Duquesne along with some southern Mid -major schools. Yet, after being named the 2015 Big 12 coach of the year and leading the Red Raiders to the NCAA tournament, Smith left for Memphis and Clergeot followed, switching his commitment to the Tigers. This past offseason was a hectic one for Memphis who also lost their two best players, Dedrick and K.J Lawson and most of their offensive production. In his freshman season, Clergeot saw inconsistent minutes off the bench but had a promising performance against Incarnate word when he scored a season high 23 points on 6-7 from the field and 4-4 from three-point land. Other than that game, he only eclipsed double-digit scoring two more times notably pouring in 14 points in 19 minutes against the #14 ranked SMU Mustangs near the end of the season.

High School Highlights:

2017-2018 Outlook:

Clergeot will sit out this season and be eligible for his remaining three years for the Minutemen. He is an extremely athletic and energetic guard who should eventually be an impact player and will definitely contend for a starting spot in his Sophomore season. Right now, outside of staple guard Luwane Pipkins, the backcourt is inexperienced and it’s unclear the impact that they are capable of having this year. After this season, coach McCall will have a better sense of where the guards stands and where Clergeot fits in that mix. At 6’1, he is a bit undersized for the two spot which will force UMass into some small lineups, but his activity and intensity allow him to play larger and he will be able to contribute immediately at both ends of the floor. He is physically built and strong for his size and should have no issues with the physicality of the conference.

Attributes: Strong attacker, Confident shooter, Athleticism, Intensity

Quote: Clergeot on his fit with UMass and Head Coach Matt McCall

“The relationship I have with coach McCall and the coaching staff is unbelievable. Coach McCall has been recruiting me since I was in ninth grade. I was the first guy he offered within and hour of getting the job at Chattanooga,”…“I didn’t go and I kind of regretted it. Now I’m transferring and he’s there. UMass is the right fit. I have a great relationship with Matt McCall.”

Quote From Daily Hampshire Gazette article by Matt Vantour

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