The Loyola men’s basketball team picked up another commitment for the 2019-20 season Sunday afternoon. This time, it came from the junior college ranks.
Keith Clemons, a 6-foot-1-inch guard from Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, announced via Twitter he would attend Loyola next year. Clemons can’t officially sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) until April 17, when the signing period begins.
“On my visit, I just had a really good time and connection with the players and Coach [Moser],” Clemons told The Phoenix in a phone interview. “I felt that the chemistry with the players was really good and I just felt a connection with the coaches. Plus, they’re a really good basketball team with a winning tradition.”
Clemons mentioned Loyola’s Final Four run and back-to-back regular season conference championships as part of that “winning tradition.” He also said the academics at Loyola, specifically the high graduation rate, were an off-the-court reason for committing.
Last season, Clemons was the second-leading scorer for Vincennes, averaging 15.1 points per game while also averaging 5.1 assists per contest as a sophomore. Clemons helped lead Vincennes to the National Junior College Association of America National Tournament and racked up 17 points and seven rebounds in the title game. He also won a West Virginia state title as a junior at St. Joe Central Catholic in Huntington, West Virginia.
Upon his signing, Clemons will bolster Loyola’s backcourt after the loss of redshirt seniors Clayton Custer and Marques Townes. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after playing two years at Vincennes, but will be able to play for the Ramblers immediately. Once he arrives at Loyola, Clemons said fans can expect to see a versatile and well-rounded guard.
“They can expect to see good playmaking … I can find other players and get other players open,” Clemons said. “I can knock down the three-[pointer]. And also I can play defense, too, they’ll see me getting after it on [defense].”
Per NCAA rules, Loyola head coach Porter Moser can’t comment on Clemons’ commitment until he signs his NLI.