Coach Art Alvarez of the Miami Tropics feels that Denis Clemente, the No. 95 player in the Rivals100 for the class of 2005, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Well, one SEC school has discovered the 6-foot-1, 165-pound and has offered a scholarship to the lightening quick point guard from Calusas Prep School in Miami.
“Arkansas offered him the other day after [Assistant] Coach Oronde Taliaferro and [Head] Coach Stan Heath watched him play,” said Coach Alvarez. “He is still an unknown kid, and they are trying to get in early on him.... We certainly appreciate the offer, and he definitely wants to take a visit there.”
Clemente, who led the state of Florida in scoring with a 34 points per game average, will first play on the national scene with the Miami Tropics at the Boo William’s Invitational and the Kingwood Classic. Coach Alvarez sees his stock only going up.
“You will see what I am talking about when you see him,” said Coach Alvarez. “What he can do, and what Arkansas loved about him, is that he is so fast and quick from point A to point B with the ball.”
Clemente has only been in the United States for this season and is still getting a feel for the different colleges around the country. More than likely, he will wait until after the summer circuit before making any decisions.
As good as Clemente is, Coach Alvarez did point out one area where he needs further development.
“The one thing he does need to do is gain 20 or so pounds,” he said. “He already has the physical presence to play with anybody, but once he gains some weight, he will be unstoppable.”