Now that the 2013-2014 men’s basketball season has concluded, Dear Old Gold will be running season reviews for each and every player that saw significant floor time this past season. This series of articles is going to start with sophomore point guard, Anthony Clemmons.
Clemmons didn’t see a lot of time of the floor, in fact, for a player that played a majority of the games, Clemmons saw just 363 minutes over the course of the season, which is the second lowest on the squad. It seemed like when Anthony would get in, he wouldn’t get a lot of time to get himself going. He’d make a mistake here or there and Fran would immediately pull the cord on him. It’s hard to get into the flow of the game if you aren’t in for very long. His averages for the year ended at; 2.4 points per game, 1.3 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game.
The Good: You can’t pick a lot of good from Clemmons’ game during the Big Ten Conference season because well, he didn’t really get to play enough to prove anything. With Roy Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell handling most of the point guard duties, Clemmons didn’t see the floor. Most of Clemmons’ minutes would come with Iowa up in the game and needing another ball handler to handle a press situation. That was something that was nice about having Clemmons on the bench. He could come in and help with bringing the ball up the court when necessary. He was fourth on the team in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.86 and he shot 51% from the field including 38% from behind the arc.
The Bad: It seemed like whenever he would get into the game he’d make a silly mistake and would then get pulled. I know I said it takes time to get adjusted to the game when you first get in, but being a Big Ten basketball player; that can’t happen. Ultimately, I think that hurt Clemmons when it came to future minutes. You could tell that Fran had just lost confidence in his sophomore point guard and that is something he’ll have to gain back and gain back quickly with JUCO point guard, Trey Dickerson, committing just a few short weeks ago.
Final Grade: C-
It’s hard to judge a kid on very little playing time, but I think the grade above is what Clemmons deserved and I think he might even say the same as he has acknowledged that he had a disappointing year; and he blames himself, but that’s why they give you four years of eligibility. With two more years left he has time to fine tune his game. There has been some clamoring and speculation as to if he’ll transfer, but right now Clemmons remains a Hawkeye. We’ll see if something transpires anytime soon.