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Campbell’s Chris Clemons leaving NBA draft, returning to school

Chris Clemons said Wednesday that he’s leaving the NBA draft and returning to Campbell for his junior season.
Chris Clemons said Wednesday that he’s leaving the NBA draft and returning to Campbell for his junior season. Bennett Scarborough

Campbell star guard Chris Clemons, who helped lead his team to the championship game of the Big South tournament in March, has decided to return for his junior season, he said Wednesday.

“I felt like at Campbell we have some unfinished business we have to take care of,” Clemons said in a phone interview. “And I didn’t feel quite like it was my time yet.”

Clemons declared for the NBA draft last month without signing an agent. The NCAA’s deadline to return to school is Wednesday.

Clemons worked out with both the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets and said he learned some valuable information he could take back to his teammates.

He said he asked the Celtics and Nuggets staffs how he could make his team better. They told him to study the way his teammates play so he could put them in better positions to score.

Clemons, a 5-9, 185-pound guard from Raleigh, averaged 25.1 points per game during his sophomore season at Campbell, which was fourth best in the country.

During the Big South tournament in March, he averaged 37.6 points per game, including a 51-point performance in an upset win over UNC-Asheville that went viral online.

Clemons played high school basketball for Millbrook, where he was a standout player.

He said he’s looking forward to the upcoming season.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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