June 21, 2006
Pelham -- Former Pelham hoops star Dominique Clements today signing on to play basketball at ABAC next year, and Clements says the Stallions are a great fit.
"I like the coaching staff and the players," says Clements. "I just felt comfortable going there, and they make me feel at home."
ABAC head coach Todd Sheppard says. "He's a very good student, a Hope scholar, and a young man that fits our vision academically, and his character is very good."
Clements averaging about 23 points a game from the point guard position this past season.
Pelham high school coach Laron Smith says, "Out of 28 regular season games, he had 20 points or more in 22 of them. He had 30 or more six times this year, so he's a scorer. He's a prolific scorer. The great thing about Dominique is he still has a lot to learn about the game. There's no telling how good he can be."
Coach Shepard adds, "Dominique has a lot of room to continue to develop as a basketball player, even though right now he's very good."
But Clements won't have to carry the load as the lead guard next year, with former Westover standout Brandon Shingles returning for ABAC.
"The great thing is he has to go up against Brandon Shingles every day," says Sheppard. "Brandon is a guy that can really think through the game. He's a very strategic player, as most of the Albany guys are. Their basketball IQ is very high."
Clements says, "I want to go in, try to do my best and help the team out anyway I can."