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UCI nets 7-footer

Clifford, out of Ocean View, commits to Anteaters.

April 19, 2012

Conor Clifford, a 7-foot center who averaged 15 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and shot 67% from the field for Ocean View High, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play men's basketball for UC Irvine, Anteaters Coach Russell Turner announced on Tuesday.

"I'm really excited to add a true big man to our roster with the signing of Conor," Turner said of Clifford, who was named second-team All-CIF Southern Section Division 2AA after helping the Seahawks finish 24-4. "Conor is a tremendous player, student and person of incredible character. In the past two years, his improvement has been remarkable and I am excited about his future as an Anteater.

"Conor comes from one of the most highly-regarded high school programs in the area," Turner said. "He has benefited from great coaching along the way, including the legendary Jim Harris."

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Clifford had 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 92-80 win over Mission Viejo at the Nike Extravaganza in February, and recorded 19 points and eight boards in a 69-51 playoff victory over Redondo Union.

He joins guard Alex Young of Phoenix, Ore., in the incoming freshman class for UCI. Young, the 2011 Oregon 4A Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection the last two seasons, signed with the 'Eaters in November.

— From staff reports

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