John Lavery’s summer recruitment campaign continues apace after he confirmed the signing of 6ft 8ins power forward/centre Calvin Clemmons.
The 30-year-old hard rebounding court general from Charlotte, North Carolina graduated from the University of North Carolina after a college career with the Charlotte 49ers that was briefly interrupted by a posterior cruciate ligament tear.
He began his professional career at Club Deportivo Osorno Basquetbol in Chile before heading to Luxembourg, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and France.
Clemmons, who holds joint US/Portuguese citizenship thanks to his mother’s Portuguese roots, puts his success down to hard graft.
In an interview with Eurobasket he once stated that:
“A lot of players have the talent and the skills that coaches love to see, but very very few players have the work ethic needed to perfect their talents.
I take what I do very seriously. I am a fighter and am very determined to be successful. I have had a few injuries but I have always worked so hard to get back to the physical form that I was in before the injury.
I could have easily given up and not pursued my dream but in my mind if you are willing to put in the work then there is a way to be successful. My professionalism is another thing about me that all of my coaches have been happy with. I do what I’m asked to do and stay away from the things that I must not be a part of.”