Peninsula Alum Corey Clement Earns NAIA DII Men's Basketball All-American Honors
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. –The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013-14 Division II Men's Basketball All-America teams. William Jessup University junior forward Corey Clement earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors.
After transferring from Peninsula College, Clement made an immediate impact for the Warriors. The Las Vegas native averaged 18.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. He recorded 12 double-doubles this season. His season high came against California State-East Bay as he logged 30 points and 19 rebounds.
Clement, the California Pacific Conference Newcomer of the Year, set or tied seven school records. With a field goal percentage of 60.3%, Clement passed Cole Orick's record setting season of shooting 60.2% in 2003-04 season. His 18.3 points a game were second only to Ben Selvage who averaged 22 points a game in 2002-03.
While teams tried to do everything possible to stop Clement, he made a living at the free throw line where he set three school records. With 171 free throws made, Clement replaced Marqus Crawford who held the previous record of 154 from the 2011-12 season. Clement twice (OIT, Menlo) hit 14 free throws in a game to tie the school record with Damal Neil from 2009-10. Against Menlo, he went 14 for 14 from the charity strip which sets him on top of the record books for free throw percentage in a single game.
On the defensive end, Clement dominated the boards. In the Cal Pac Semifinals, he set a new school record with 15 defensive rebounds and tied the school record with 20 rebounds in a single game. Clement also had a 19 rebound game against NCAA DII Cal State East Bay.
Clement is the second player in the William Jessup era to earn NAIA All-American Honors. Zach Sowers received NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2008-09.
Coach Von Vogt stated: "Corey is great example of how patience, persistence, hard work and a great attitude pays off in the end. The honor of All-American is not earned during the season in which the honor is bestowed, but rather in the preparation for that season. All the time that Corey spent honing his skills placed him in a unique position to play at the special level he achieved. I couldn't be prouder of an individual to earn such a significant honor than Corey. He has been a model student-athlete for us on and off the court and is a joy to coach."
The Warriors completed their final season in the California Pacific Conference. Clement will be a center piece as the Warriors transition to the Golden State Athletic Conference next year.