Canterbury Rams guard Quinn Clinton nabs scholarship to University of New Mexico
Canterbury Rams guard Quinn Clinton has landed a scholarship with US college the University of New Mexico.
The 17-year-old point guard signed with the NCAA division one team during a recent visit to the US, where he visited numerous colleges interested in securing his services.
Clinton, who turns 18 this month and recently wrapped up secondary school at Christchurch Boys' High School, will play for the Rams in the NBL this season, before leaving for the US in August.
At 1.90m tall, Clinton captained the Junior Tall Blacks to the Oceania under-18 title last month, which secured a berth to this year's under-19 World Cup for just the second time.
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The classy point guard drained two three-pointers in the final 90 seconds to guide New Zealand to a 57-51 win against Australia in the final, scoring a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds to be named final MVP.
He was also named in the tournament all-star five, along with team-mate Sam Waardenburg, who last week signed a scholarship agreement with the Miami Hurricanes.
Clinton has been a member of the Mainland Eagles Academy the past two years, where he has worked tirelessly on his game with Rams coach Mark Dickel.
"Quinn deserves the opportunity to play big time basketball. I think New Mexico is a great fit for Quinn," Dickel said in a statement.
The University of Mexico Lobos are known for player development, having had eight players kick on to the NBA - most recently Australian Cameron Bairstow, who played for the Chicago Bulls.