Clanton Hoping to Make Improvements After Freshman Campaign

June 8, 2010

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Keith Clanton is candid when talking about his freshman season. The forward earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2009-10, but sees bigger and better things in his future.

Clanton arrived at UCF as one of the most heralded recruits in program history. He showed flashes of his great potential this past year as he averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. The former Orlando Christian Prep star also blocked a team-high 45 shots.

During his rookie campaign, Clanton was plagued by consistency issues. He had back-to-back double-figure scoring performances on only eight occasions, and also turned the ball over too many times.

"I think I played like a C average," Clanton said. "I feel like I can do a lot better."

His quest to get better has already started. Clanton wants to improve on his shooting during the offseason, making his jumper more consistent. He will also be working hard in the weight room. This summer, he hopes to add 10 pounds to his 230-pound frame. Clanton thinks that he could have used some extra muscle as a freshman.

"I think I could have used it in the paint. I think people were very physical with me," he said. "I could have used it and people wouldn't have pushed me around as much."

Clanton and the rest of his teammates will be on campus all summer. New head coach Donnie Jones has asked the Knights to remain at UCF and workout individually and as a team. Already looking to improve his own game, Clanton is excited about the squad's summer plans.

"I think that is a real good thing. We will have an advantage over most teams, who are all getting a six-week break."

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