Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cleveland State signs Clayborne, Lucien

By Tom Mieskoski

Cleveland State coach Gary Waters officially announced the signings of Evan Clayborne and Andy Lucien on Thursday afternoon at his media gathering.

"Clayborne is a shot blocker and Lucien is a shooter," said Waters.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Dayton, Clayborne is projected to play the four or five in college. He originally committed to Buffalo, but reopened his recruitment after a strong AAU showing this summer with the Ohio Basketball Club.

Clayborne, who plays center in high school, averaged 6.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.9 blocked shots for Dayton Dunbar High School last year as a junior.

He transferred to Dayton Thurgood Marshall High School for his senior year and must sit-out the first 11 games due to transfer rules.

"Clayborne is an inside guy. He's athletic and will bring that athleticism and size inside for us," Waters said. "He fits our style [of play], that's what I like about him."

Clayborne should fit in well next year with CSU's press as both Dunbar and Marshall play a similar style.

"He played mostly at the back of the press because he can alter shots," said Waters.

A 6-foot-7 athletic wing from North Olmsted, Lucien will likely play the stretch four in college and will also play the three.

Lucien, who plays center in high school, averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds last year as a junior for North Olmsted High School.

"Lucien is a really good shooter," Waters said. "He has perimeter skills at 6-7. He is a ferocious dunker and can play above the rim. We got to continue to work on his quickness and athleticism, and get him physically stronger. I think eventually, he will be able to help us."

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