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Insider: Keith Clanton Staying at UCF

Saturday??was? Keith? Clanton's 22nd? birthday? and Clanton made one of his biggest decisions in his?basketball career. Clanton??announced on his birthday?? that he will? stay? at UCF? for his senior season instead of transferring? to Florida State.? The Knights are not eligible? for post season in 2013? and Clanton and other Knights Seniors? have the options of transferring without sitting out a year? because of the infractions.

" I think to people's? surprise I will be returning to UCF for my Sr. season." Clanton said via Twitter announcing his decision to stay. "?I love this team and my dreams and goals can be fulfilled here."

Clanton will be the leader and bring much needed experience to?? the Knights 2012-2013? roster??that will be very young. In the backcourt the Knights lost Starting?point guard AJ Rompza to graduation. Starting shooting guard ?Marcus Jordan will ?not be?returning for?his senior season?according to report from ESPN's Andy Katz. Sources?close to the program told?me that Jordan?not coming back has been known since?May when?Jordan met with UCF Basketball Head Coach Donnie Jones and talk about Jordan's future with the program. Jordan was arrested this summer in Omaha? which you can readthe details here?.? CJ Reed who?transferred from Bethune Cookman last season and sat out the year? to play Point Guard at UCF, decided to?transfer and? play for his father who is an asst coach?at Georgia Southern.

Guards?new to program to play PG and SG?- Matt Williams (Freshman), Daiquan Walker (Freshman), ? Calvin Newell (Transfer)

Players returning who can play? Guard and Small Forwards-? Isaiah Sykes,?? Tristan Spurlock

Forwards Returning -? Keith Clanton,?? Kasey Wilson?

New guys? to play Forward/Center-? Staphon Blair (Freshman),? Dylan? Karell (Freshman)

Josh Crittle? according sources? will leave? UCF to play his senior season close to his home in chicago area? transferring to DePaul.

Clanton was looking at Kentucky? and Florida State as options?? where he could? play for postseason? and improve his stock? in the NBA Draft.? At Kentucky? Clanton would not? have started while at FSU he would have started? but be part of a deep/ young front court.

Here a look at the Seminoles depth Chart heading into 2012-2013 season with? Clanton not going to FSU.

PG - Ian? Miller, Devon Bookert (Freshman)

SG/SF- Michael Snaer, Aaron Thomas (Freshman), Montay Brandon, Terry Whisnant

Forwards- Clanton, Okaro White, Terrance Shannon, ,Robert Gilchrist

Center- Kiel Turpin

In the end? Clanton felt? best? option was to stay? at UCF where??he will be the focal point of the team in his final season in the Black and Gold and be a strong candidate?for Conference USA player of Year.




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