KU commitment Zach Clemence cracks Top 30 in latest Rivals.com rankings

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Sunrise Academy forward Zach Clemence celebrates a 3-pointer during his junior season. Clemence, a 6-foot-10, 4-star forward from Pleasanton, Texas, orally committed to Kansas on May 11, 2020.

It wasn’t exactly the kind of bump that KU junior Ochai Agbaji saw during his recruitment — from unranked into the Top 150 — but Class of 2021 Kansas commitment Zach Clemence did jump a couple of spots in the updated Rivals.com rankings.

Projected as a 4-star prospect ranked No. 31 overall in the 2021 class when he committed to Kansas last month, Clemence is now officially a Top 30 player.

Rivals ranks the 6-foot-10 forward from Pleasanton, Texas, as the No. 29 player in his class and the No. 8 overall power forward in the 2021 class.

Known as much for his guard skills and outside shot as his ability to play close to the rim and get on the class, the 6-10, 210-pound senior-to-be will play the 2020-21 season at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire.

He’s one of a handful of players on the Sunrise roster that KU is recruiting and considers himself a “Stretch 4” with the ability to play multiple spots on both ends of the floor.

“Where the game is going, Zach’s value is high,” Sunrise coach Luke Barnwell told the Journal-World shortly after Clemence committed to KU. “He’s a really skilled 4 that can play around the basket and can really shoot it. … You look at him and he kind of looks a little goofy, but he’s just really good at a lot of things.”

According to JayhawkSlant.com’s Shay Wildeboor, a few of the other top KU targets to keep an eye on in the 2021 Rivals 150 rankings include: Hunter Sallis, a 5-star point guard from Omaha, Neb., ranked No. 11; Kendall Brown, a 5-star small forward from Sunrise Christian ranked No. 12; JD Davison, a 5-star point guard from Alabama ranked No. 15; Daimion Collins, a 4-star power forward from Atlanta, Texas, ranked No. 20; Efton Reid, a 4-star center from Richmond, Va., ranked No. 24; and Franck Kepnang, a 4-star center from Westtown, Pa., ranked No. 26.


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