Keith Clanton set to return for senior year
Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012 06:08
Senior forward Keith Clanton announced that he will be coming back to play his senior season for the Knights.
Clanton, the team’s leading scorer, was considering leaving UCF after the announcement of the program’s one-year postseason ban.
The NCAA ruled that seniors with one year of eligibility remaining would be able to transfer from the school without penalty.
Clanton had reportedly received interest from schools such as FSU and Kentucky.
The Orlando native announced via his personal Twitter account that he would be coming back to finish his career as a Knight.
“I think to people’s surprise I will be returning to UCF for my Sr. season I love this team and my dreams and goals can be fulfilled here,” Clanton said via Twitter.
Seniors C.J. Reed, Josh Crittle and Marcus Jordan also have the opportunity to leave.
Reed has transferred to Georgia Southern University where his father serves on the coaching staff.
It is unclear whether Crittle and Jordan will return to the team at this time.
Following the announcement of the sanctions, head coach Donnie Jones was optimistic his seniors would return.
“I think they want to come here and get a degree and they’re on track to graduate, that’s the first thing,” Jones said. “Second of all, those guys all want to have an opportunity to play after [college] basketball’s over. Whether that be NBA or whatever level that may be, they still have that opportunity to be in a program where they play for a coach, and who knows them better than me?”