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Campbell hoops star Chris Clemons to return for senior season

May 30, 2018 GMT

After previously declaring for the NBA Draft in April without hiring an agent, Campbell star and Raleigh native Chris Clemons will return to Buies Creek for his senior season.

The Millbrook High School alum averaged a gaudy 24.9 points per game as a junior while shooting 37.1 percent from three and 45.2 percent from the floor.

Clemons became the leading scorer in school history in tournament play this past postseason, and his return means that he’ll have the opportunity to extend his own record of 2,232.

That number also makes him second in Big South conference history for points scored. He will spend his senior season chasing the record VMI alum Reggie Williams, who put up 2,556 points from 2005 to 2008.

This is the second consecutive year that Clemons has declared for the draft before ultimately withdrawing his name and returning to school.

“We had another great year as a team at Campbell and I felt like I improved a lot individually,” Clemons said in a statement released by Campbell when he declared last month. “I learned a great deal last year going through the draft process and I was able to take the feedback I received from NBA teams and apply it on the court to advance my game and help our team improve. My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA and this is another step in the process of fulfilling that goal.”

Clemons was recognized as the Big South Player of the Week three times in 2017-2018. The 5′9″ guard got a taste of playing against top competition this past year, when he put up 39 points in a season-opening defeat at the hands of the Big Ten’s Penn State Nittany Lions.

While he missed three games due to injury in 2017-2018, Clemons put up double-figure points in every single game he suited up in.

The Camels went 18-16 overall with a 10-8 record in Big South play in the regular season. They went on to earn a bid to the CBI, where they advanced to the semifinals before falling to San Francisco.