The University of Central Florida men's basketball program earned a reprieve of sorts Saturday, this as senior forward Keith Clanton, projected to be named the preseason Conference USA player of the year, announced he will remain with the Knights in 2012-13 despite NCAA sanctions preventing which will UCF from playing for a conference or national championship this upcoming season.
Clanton, according to the Orlando Sentinel, tweeted Saturday while celebrating his birthday, "I think to people's surprise I will be returning to UCF for my [senior] season. I love this team and my dreams and goals can be fulfilled here."
The senior is said to have received dozens of offers to play for other Division I programs (the NCAA sanctions handed down at the end of July allowed for senior players on the men's football and basketball team to transfer elsewhere without penalty), and was reported to be strongly considering transferring to the University of Kentucky and Florida State University before electing to stay close to home and his mother.
Clanton becomes the first of the Knights' four men's basketball seniors to come out in favor of playing out his final year with the Knights, with point guard C.J. Reed choosing to make a move to Georgia Southern, where his father became an assistant coach earlier in the month, and forward Josh Crittle and shooting guard Marcus Jordan still undecided with fall classes beginning Monday.
The Sentinel notes that Crittle recently made a trip to his hometown of Chicago to visit DePaul University, but may end up staying in Orlando when all is said and done.
Jordan, meanwhile, has not spent time with the team this summer and is apparently debating whether or not he'll play collegiate basketball at all in his final year of eligibility.
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