The first session of games on Sunday at the North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp got things off to an incredible start. And one of the players that set the tone early was class of 2014 guard Carlee Clemons.
The 6-1 Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook product opened the event like a player on a mission. He was in attack mode from the very start, proving that he would be a force to be reckoned with for the entire day.
He, of course, lived up to the expectations he developed early in the day and a primary reason for it was to put his name on the map and improve as a player.
“I am here to just try to work on my weaknesses and get better,” Clemons said. “I want to work on my midrange and dribbling – trying to become more versatile as a guard. This is a great opportunity to show what you can do and get better.”
Clemons is currently flying under the radar as a college recruit, earning interest from just one school – UNC Greensboro – at the moment. After a strong performance at the Phenom 150, that will likely change.
Strong, aggressive guards are coveted in the college ranks and Clemons proved to be exactly that, and much more.
Clemons notched three power dunks in transition during the first session of games, highlighted by a tomahawk right in the face of a defender. The dunk brought parents, fans, scouts and analysts alike out of their seats in a roar.
Simply put, he’s electrifying and everyone noticed.
“I like playing in transition,” he said with a smile. “My power game is dunking and I like to get to the hole and get fouls – get big men in foul trouble.
“I’ve got a pretty good mid-range, too, but I’m trying to work on it and give myself a more all-around game. I’m just trying to develop my game.”
All in all, Clemons has a great understanding of seizing his opportunity and Sunday’s event was not only a chance to improve but to show what he is capable of doing on the hardwood.
“It’s a great camp,” he noted. “It makes you better for sure.”