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Forward Keith Clanton to return to UCF while guard C.J. Reed will not

Keith Clanton, Cameron Moore

Central Florida’s Keith Clanton, right, shoots in front of UAB’s Cameron Moore during the second half of a NCAA college basketball game in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/ The Birmingham News, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT


With the start of the fall semester approaching some decisions needed to be made by players in the UCF basketball program.

Thanks to NCAA sanctions the school isn’t eligible for postseason play in its final Conference USA season, opening the door for players to transfer without penalty.

The most sought-after player of that bunch, senior power forward Keith Clanton, has decided to remain in Orlando for his final campaign in what is good news for Donnie Jones’ program.

The 6-8 Clanton was a first team All-Conference USA selection last year, averaging 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 33 contests for the 22-11 Knights (10-6 C-USA).

Clanton’s size and talent resulted in Florida State and Kentucky showing interest, but in the end he decided that finishing his career at UCF was best for him.

“I think to people’s surprise I will be returning to UCF for my Sr. season,” Clanton posted on his Twitter account Saturday night while celebrating his birthday. “I love this team and my dreams and goals can be fulfilled here.”

While Clanton picked his special day to give UCF fans a welcome present, Bethune-Cookman transfer C.J. Reed will leave without playing a game for UCF.

He’s headed to Georgia Southern, where his father was hired as an assistant coach earlier this month.

Curtis Reed was relieved of his duties as head coach at Bethune-Cookman in June 2011, leading to C.J. deciding to transfer to UCF.

The roster news didn’t stop there either, as Jeff Goodman of reported that senior guard Marcus Jordan isn’t expected to play basketball this season.

Marcus averaged 13.7 points and 2.4 assists per game last season, but the chances of him playing this season were seen by many to be 50/50 at best earlier this summer.

With Jordan not playing, Reed transferring and A.J. Rompza out of eligibility, the status of power forward Josh Crittle becomes even more important with classes due to begin on Monday.

According to Iliana Limon of the Orlando Sentinel, Crittle has visited DePaul but the Chicago native has yet to make a final decision as to whether or not he’ll return to UCF.

UCF is down to two freshman point guards in Tyler Coons (who isn’t expected to play much) and Daiquan Walker, with Oklahoma transfer Calvin Newell eligible at the end of the fall semester.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.