AS Monaco strengthened its backcourt by signing point guard Anthony Clemmons for the coming season, the club announced Wednesday. Clemmons (1.86 meters, 24 years old) arrives from Astana, for which he played the past two seasons. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 28 VTB United League games last season. Clemmons was the VTB player of the month for December; he had a 30-point, 10-rebound game against 7DAYS EuroCup side Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in that month. He began his professional career in Austria with Zepter Vienna in 2016. A native of the United States, Clemmons received Kazakhstan citizenship and has represented that country's national team, too.
"I'm really happy to sign in Monaco," Clemmons said. "Five years ago, with my University of Iowa team, we had a trip to Europe. After a game in London, we took a flight to visit Monaco. I was barely 19. I was dazzled by the place and I never dared to think back years later I would play for AS Monaco Basket! I will learn the French League. I think that the VTB was the right place to acclimatize and evolve in the context of the European game. I'm familiar with Dee Bost, whom I faced with Astana when he was in Khimki. He is a high-level player, we will do everything to form an effective pair. Monaco has strong ambitions, the challenge is exciting. In Russia, Coach Obradovic achieved great things with Kuban, he was a finalist in the EuroCup. It will be an honor to work under him."