Player: Truman Claytor
School: Word of God
There is no doubt about it this year… Word of God is loaded with talent everywhere you look. College coaches will be flocking to check out the talent and this looks to be a team that could make a national push if everything starts clicking. But during our Phenom Open Gym Tour and at the HoopState League, one player looks to play a key part for this team but may get overlooked at times.
That player is 2023 6’4 Truman Claytor. When watching how Claytor operates on the floor, he can provide and impact the court in an array of ways and in several positions. He is a 6’4 sturdy prospect that has the body to embrace contact. Offensively, he is a confident shot-maker from multiple levels, being a big threat from three but also pulling up with his mid-range shot as well. Claytor also uses his body and athleticism to finish strong around and at the rim; he truly can make an impact at several positions and areas of the court.
He also impacts the floor well in helping on the boards, runs the floor and gets to his spots well, and showcases his handles as well. Claytor’s production is tough to match up with, which is why schools like FIU and Eastern Kentucky have already offered but I think his recruitment is just starting.
For a Word of God team that holds a bunch of big-time prospects, we can guarantee you that Claytor is going to play a huge part in the success for this team and be that x-factor that helps this team rack up the wins. Certainly one to watch in North Carolina for the class of 2023.
What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:
“It would be very difficult to overstate Claytor’s significance as an all-around leader for this Team Loaded group. Not only is he extremely versatile and adaptable to various different roles, but his ability to expand his production and seemingly produce against all types of opponents makes him a nightmare matchup. Claytor handles and passes the ball well while displaying an understanding of how to create for himself off the bounce. He scores regularly from all levels, and does a phenomenal job of utilizing his size to overwhelm his assignment as a penetrator. Claytor is also a useful defender and strong rebounder, especially for his position, and knows how to properly push the break in transition. He’s smart and makes quality decisions with the ball in his hands, but can also apply pressure as a cutter and off-ball threat.”
“Claytor is one that I’m going to be very intrigued watching this year because I think his recruitment could only continue to grow. With his blend of a strong frame, ability to create for himself, stretch the floor with his fluid jumper, and impact the floor on the boards, and his unselfish play, Claytor is one that college coaches will want on his team and should be an impact player for Word of God this upcoming season.”
“2023 Truman Claytor is a big-frame prospect that has such a tremendous blend of inside and outside capability. He hustles, he can play multiple positions and produce on both ends.”