Clemens headed to Kearney

The second member of Scottsbluff High Schools terrific trio that played at Western Nebraska Community College last basketball season has officially announced his plans to transfer.

Zach Clemens, who was the leading scorer on Scottsbluff's state championship team two years ago, is headed to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to play for the Lopers.

"Kearney was one of my top options last year," Clemens said at a press conference at Scottsbluff High School Wednesday afternoon. "I started talking to some schools at the end of the season and I just thought they were the right choice for me.

Co-head coach Kevin Lofton headed up the recruiting efforts on Clemens. Tom Kropp, one of Nebraska's all-time great athletes, is the other co-head coach. Kropp is the third all-time winningest active coach in NCAA Division II. However, the Lopers are coming off just a 7-19 season.

"They didn't have a great season," Clemens said. "But they have some good players coming back and some good recruits." Another Cougar player expected to join Clemens in Kearney is Trey Moore.

UNK is a traditional power with 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in the past 17 seasons.

Clemens said he was ready to give a four-year school a try after one year with WNCC. "It was a great learning experience," he said of his year with the Cougars. "Region IX was tough. I learned about the speed of the game. I enjoyed it."

Clemens joins Isaiah Castellaw from the Scottsbluff title team two years ago as players with a new home next season. Castellaw, a state champion track hurdler in high school, has inked to run track for Chadron State College.

Rich Williams is the third member of the Bearcat title team that inked with the Cougars. He says he is not returning to the team next season, but has not yet announced his plans.

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