Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Why Keith Clanton Would Be a Perfect Addition

Matt OveringContributor IIIAugust 7, 2012

Mar 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Central Florida Knights forward Keith Clanton (33) is defended by Drexel Dragons forward Daryl McCoy (44) during the first half of the first round of the 2012 NIT at Daskalakis Athletic Center. Drexel defeated Central Florida 81-56. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Add another player to the list of potential Wildcats in 2012-13. Keith Clanton, a senior power forward for Central Florida, could be looking to transfer, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. He broke the news on Twitter earlier today:


Hearing that UCF forward Keith Clanton hasn't yet decided if he'll return to Knights, but if he doesn't, heard FSU and Kentucky are options.

— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 7, 2012


We also know that, because UCF is facing a postseason ban for next season, Clanton will be able to play immediately. If he decides to transfer, Kentucky should welcome his size and skill.

So who is this guy?

From his profile on, we can learn that he's a big fella. At 6'9", 245 pounds, Clanton would come to Lexington and be the heaviest player on the roster—a roster that could use another big man. He was a Conference USA All-American last year, averaging 14.5 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. He can't shoot free throws. 

The current frontcourt situation for the Wildcats is made up of three players: Willie Cauley-Stein, Nerlens Noel and Kyle Wiltjer. Coach John Calipari's indecisiveness has been noted, and another forward wouldn't hurt.

The Wildcats have already added a senior transfer in Julius Mays from Wright State. Both Clanton and Mays are perfect additions for the Wildcats because they are seniors, and their acquisition won't impact future recruiting classes.

Future recruiting classes are what may be holding Calipari back from offering 2012 guard Torian Graham. Graham, in almost all certainty, would be at least a two-year player. Compared to Clanton, a player with only one year of eligibility, Graham could impact the amount of scholarships for the 2013 class and beyond.

Clanton, like Mays, can bring experience to a very young roster. Their one year of eligibility would give a new definition of "one and done" for the 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats.