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Saying it’s his dream to play in the NCAA tournament and eying a chance to play in the tradition-rich Atlantic Coast Conference, Lorain High grad Naz Bohannon announced he will play his fifth year of college basketball at Clemson.
Bohannon made his announcement on Facebook and Instagram.
Bohannon entered the NCAA transfer portal recently after completing his senior year at Youngstown State, where he earned second-team All-Horizon League selection while averaging 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and shooting 51.9 percent from the field.
He was a four-year starter for the Penguins and finished with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career. Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA granted college seniors an extra year of eligibility and that is how Bohannon ended up in the transfer portal.
Known as a high-motor player, the 6-foot-6 Bohannon was contacted by approximately 30 Division I schools who were interested in having them join their programs, but quickly bonded with Clemson assistant coach Antonio Reynold Dean and head coach Brad Brownell.
“They’ve been to the tournament and I have a have dream of going to the tournament and it just seemed like the perfect fit,” said Bohannon. “It’s a great school to get a master’s from, too.”
Bohannon said he most likely will pursue either an MBA or a master’s in youth development or leadership.
What did the Clemson staff like about Bohannon?
“They liked my versatility and that I’m an older guy who has been around the block a few times,” Bohannon said.
Clemson appeared in the NCAA tournament this March after going 16-8 overall and 10-6 and a fifth-place finish in the ACC, but the Tigers lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Rutgers.
Getting to play in venues such as Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium and North Carolina’s Dean Dome will undoubtedly be a thrill for Bohannon.
‘It’s definitely exciting. When you grow up as a kid, you always see those places on TV or in movies and to get to be a part of it, at least for a year, and seize the opportunity to make something happen is a win in itself for a kid from Lorain,” Bohannon said.
Bohannon has been working out and will head to South Carolina at the beginning of June. He will come back to Lorain in late July for a few weeks before heading to Clemson for the start of the academic year.
Bohannon was a first-team Division I All-Ohio pick during his senior year at Lorain High in 2015-2016. He was a three-year starter and finished his career as a Titan having scored 1,385 points to go with 892 rebounds.