Central’s Clay Kame signs to play basketball at Mesa State College

Clay Kame has the physical and mental attributes to play college basketball.

Tuesday, Kame decided where to put those tools to work, signing a national letter of intent to play at Mesa State College.

“Mesa’s a good fit,” Kame said. “It’s somewhere that I can go compete and get better.”

The 6-foot-1 point guard was nominated as a McDonald’s All-American in addition to his selection to the All-Southwestern League first team this season.

Kame averaged 13 points per game for the Warriors his senior year and helped lead Central to the playoffs for the first time in his high school career.

Kame’s coach at Central, Phil Cain, said the senior was a leader for the Warriors since he took on a starting role midway through his freshman season.

“It’s always been about team for Clay,” Cain said. “I’m excited for him going to the next level. It’s going to be a faster game and he’ll be successful.”

Kame said he originally looked to attend a school on the West Coast but didn’t think it would be sound financially. His older sister, Lindsey, played for the women’s basketball team at Mesa, and Clay said he looked to her for advice.

“I talked to Lindsey about it, and she said she liked the program and what she accomplished,” Kame said. “I am happy to play in the RMAC, and continuing to compete
in front of my family and friends.”

Kame will stay at point guard, and isn’t sure if he’ll redshirt next season. The Mavericks return two senior point guards for the 2009-10 season.

“It depends on what I do from now until they make that decision,” Kame said. “I am looking forward to taking the time to improve, and be in the position I can be to help the
team.”

Kame is the first basketball player from the Grand Valley to sign with the Mesa State men since Grand Junction’s Crosby Rock in the 2006-2007 season.

Kame said he developed a good relationship with Mavericks coach Jim Heaps, and he’s excited to join the Maverick basketball program.

“They don’t really recruit in the valley,” Kame said, “so they were excited about it, and I am, too. I think it’s a good fit for the coaches and me.”

Kame also played football and ran track for the Warriors. Cain said Kame’s all-around ability attracted the Mesa coaches.

“Clay’s overall athleticism was a plus,” Cain said. “He is athletic and can do a lot of things.”


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