Clamage nabs NABC honor

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University of Rochester junior forward Ryan Clamage (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest Academy) has been named First Team All-East after voting conducted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

This is the second post-season honor for Clamage since the end of the 2017-18 basketball season. He was named First Team All-University Athletic Association during the first week of March.

Clamage had a breakout season on the court in his first year as a starter. He started all 25 games (28.6 mpg.). He led Rochester in scoring, getting 16.2 ppg. He shot .451 from the floor (138-306), .357 outside the arc (50-140), and .804 from the foul line (78-97).

He grabbed a team-best 142 rebounds (5.7 rpg.), registered 75 assists (second to point guard Jacob Wittig), had 13 blocked shots, and 32 steals. He led the Yellowjackets in scoring and rebounding averages. He was also tops in all three scoring categories: field goals made (138), free throws made (78), and three-point field goals made (50).

Rochester played in three tournaments during the year, going 2-0 in each event. Clamage was the MVP in all three tournaments. In the season-opening Chuck Resler Invitational (played a week before Thanksgiving vs. Bard College and Utica College), Clamage totaled 39 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. He had a career-high 29 points in the championship game vs. Utica.

A week later, Rochester defeated SUNY Canton and Stockton University to win its Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown Tournament over Thanksgiving Saturday and Sunday. Clamage had 15 points and five boards vs. SUNY Canton, then scored 20 points with five rebounds vs. Stockton.

In early December, Rochester finished 2-0 in the Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout, beating St. John Fisher and Nazareth. Clamage had 16 points and five rebounds vs. Fisher, then scored 19 points with eight rebounds vs. Nazareth. He sank 10-10 at the foul line to seal the Nazareth victory.

Rochester was 16-9 in 2017-18. UR won nine of its 11 non-conference games. The Yellowjackets were 7-7 in the UAA and finished fourth of eight teams in the standings.

Clamage is one of five Illinois athletes on the men’s team at Rochester. The other four are junior Michael Mangan (Winnteka, IL/Loyola Academy), senior Tucker Knox (Aurora, IL/Batavia), sophomore Patrick Benka (Palatine, IL/Fremd), and first-year Kailan Lee (River Forest, IL/St. Ignatius/Phillips Academy, Andover, MA).

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