Biography: The speedy and aggressive point guard improved every season, capping his college career by averaging 16.6 points and 4.2 assists as a senior - his second season with Kansas State after transferring from Miami. He cut his turnovers from 2.6 per game during his junior season to 1.9 in 2009-10. An undersized player, he relies on the confidence, toughness and intensity that allowed him to develop into the floor leader for one of the nation's top teams last season. He's not a prototypical point guard - he played as a combo guard earlier in his career - but operates the pick and roll well in the half-court and is excellent at pushing the ball up court quickly. Clemente's decision-making can be suspect at times. He is not a great shooter and has an unorthodox stroke, and he doesn't get great elevation on his jumper - a potential problem for a shorter guard in the NBA. He is more comfortable shooting off the dribble. He needs work on his accuracy, having shot 39.9 percent from the field in college and 34.0 percent from 3-point range. Clemente shot 34.1 percent from beyond the arc as a senior after averaging 36.6 as a junior. He lacks the size and strength needed to be a great finisher, and sometimes shies away from contact around the basket. His tenaciousness and focus are a plus on defense, as he doesn't possess the physical tools of a dominant perimeter defender but competes hard at that end. He shot nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line in 2008-09, but dropped off to 74.4 percent last season. Clemente may require a great deal of development to become an effective NBA point guard, but his intensity and high-energy style of play could allow him to become a contributor at some point.
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