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Chris Clemons puts NBA hopes on hold, returns to Campbell

The dynamic 5-foot-9 guard finished top four in the nation in scoring last season with 24.9 points per-game.

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One of the best scorers and most fun players in all of college basketball is coming back for his senior season.

His name is Chris Clemons and he plays for the Campbell Camels.

Clemons is 5-foot-9 and did things like this last season:

College basketball fans are going to get to enjoy Clemons for one more year. After working out with NBA teams and spending about two months in NBA Draft limbo without an agent, Clemons is returning to the Camels for his senior season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Clemons has finished in the top four in the nation in scoring in the past two seasons. In 2017-18, he averaged 24.9 points, 3.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 37 percent from three-point range. He is already Campbell’s all-time leading scorer with more than 2,300 career points.

He had several impressive performances as a junior, including a 39-point outing against Penn State, and a Jan. 23 win over Liberty where he dropped 42 points while shooting 10-14 from deep. In the CBI quarterfinals, Clemons tallied 35 points, four rebounds and five assists against New Orleans.

As a sophomore, he dragged the Camels to a 81-79 win over UNC-Asheville by scoring 51 points.

What Clemons hasn’t done yet is lead the Camels to an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Camels’ lone appearance came in 1992, when they won the Atlantic Sun bid. They lost to Duke that year, 82-56.

With Clemons, Campbell has won 37 games over the past two seasons, which is the most for the school in back-to-back seasons since it made the jump to Division I in 1977.

Maybe the next step is a conference title and a dance in March. Or maybe the Camels miss the tournament again, but Clemons still puts up 25 points per-game and also dunks on Patrick Ewing in Jamaica.

Whatever the future holds for Clemons, we’ll get to watch him do stuff like this for another year in Buies Creek, North Carolina: