Clanton Receives Special Honor from OCP

Feb. 8, 2013

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - One of the most successful high school players in central Florida history, Keith Clanton received a special honor Friday as his Orlando Christian Prep jersey was retired in a ceremony at the school. The forward led the Warriors to state titles as a junior and senior.

Head coach Donnie Jones and teammates Bobby Horodyski and Isaiah Sykes joined Clanton and his family as his No. 33 was unveiled behind one of the baskets inside OCP's cozy gym.

"This is such a great honor and it means so much to me to be recognized like this," Clanton said. "It is humbling and it is still crazy to me that my jersey will always be here."

A two-time Florida Class 1A Player of the Year selection, Clanton starred at OCP from 2005-09 and concluded his career with 1,824 points, 1,291 rebounds, 392 blocks and 274 assists. His teams went a combined 102-22.

"This recognition from OCP is wonderful," Jones said. "Keith accomplished so much here, not only as a basketball player, but as a student and a young man. He is truly part of the community and I am happy for Keith and his family that OCP has chosen to honor him."

Clanton should become UCF's lone all-time leader in rebounds when the Knights host East Carolina Saturday at 4 p.m. The senior, who was named the Preseason Conference USA Player of the Year in the fall, has 942 boards and is tied with Ken Leeks for the top spot.