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William Dalen Clyburn (born May 17, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. Clyburn attended three colleges, spanning from 2008 to 2013: Marshalltown Community College, University of Utah, and Iowa State University before playing professionally in Germany, Israel, Turkey and Russia. Clyburn was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP in 2019.

Will Clyburn
Will Clyburn 2018.jpg
Clyburn with CSKA in March 2018
No. 21 – CSKA Moscow
PositionSmall forward
LeagueVTB United League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1990-05-17) May 17, 1990 (age 29)
Detroit, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolRomulus (Romulus, Michigan)
College
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2015ratiopharm Ulm
2015–2016Hapoel Holon
2016–2017Darüşşafaka
2017–presentCSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards

Early life and college careerEdit

 
Clyburn with Iowa State in November 2011

Clyburn was born in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Romulus Senior High School in Romulus, Michigan, where he averaged 10.7 points as a senior, earning the "Best Shooter" award.[1]

Clyburn began his college career at Marshalltown Community College, where he averaged 19.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore. In one game, Clyburn had a 54-point outburst against Southeastern Community College.[2] Clyburn earned first-team All-ICCAC honors and first-team All-Region XI accolades in 2010.[1]

In 2010, he transferred to the University of Utah, where he earned Second-Team Mountain West Conference honors and First-Team NABC All-District 17 accolades after leading the team in scoring (17.1) and rebounding (7.8) per game. Clyburn was ranked third in the Mountain West in both scoring and rebounding and ranked 92nd nationally in scoring.[1]

On April 12, 2011, he transferred again to Iowa State University and was forced to sit out the 2011–12 season as a redshirt.[3] In his senior year at Iowa State, he was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors. Clyburn led the team and ranked seventh in the Big 12 in scoring with 14.9 points per game.[1]

Professional careerEdit

 
Clyburn with CSKA in October 2017

ratiopharm Ulm (2013–2015)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Clyburn joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2013 NBA Summer League,[4] where he averaged 7.4 points and 3 rebounds in five games played for the Kings.

On July 27, 2013, Clyburn signed with ratiopharm Ulm of the German BBL.[5] Clyburn helped Ulm reach the 2014 Eurocup Round of 16, as well as the 2014 German Cup Finals, where they eventually lost to Alba Berlin.

On July 8, 2014, Clyburn joined the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[6]

On October 18, 2014, Clyburn recorded a double-double and season-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds, shooting 9-of-18 from the field, in a 99–85 win over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.[7] In 41 games played during the 2014–15 season, he averaged 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. His solid play for the season got him an invite to play in the German League All-Star Game. Clyburn led the team to reach the 2014 BBL Playoffs as the fifth seed, but they eventually were eliminated by Brose Bamberg in the Semifinals.

Hapoel Holon (2015–2016)Edit

On September 8, 2015, Clyburn signed with Hapoel Holon in Israeli Premier League.[8] On April 25, 2016, Clyburn recorded 31 points, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, along with nine rebounds and three assists for 43 PIR in a 98–80 win over Maccabi Ashdod. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 30 MVP.[9] On May 1, 2016, Clyburn was named Israeli League Player of the Month after averaging 25.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4 assists in five games played in April.[10]

In 33 games played for Holon, Clyburn led the league in scoring with 20.9 points per game, to go with 8.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. On June 3, 2016, Clyburn earned a spot in the All-Israeli League Second Team.[11]

Darüşşafaka (2016–2017)Edit

On August 5, 2016, Clyburn signed with Darüşşafaka of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague.[12] On March 30, 2017, Clyburn recorded a season-high 26 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field, along with seven rebounds in a 99–97 win over Brose Bamberg.[13] Clyburn led Daçka to the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs as the eighth seed, but they eventually were eliminated by Real Madrid in the Quarterfinals.

CSKA Moscow (2017–present)Edit

On June 20, 2017, Clyburn signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague.[14] In 64 games played during the 2017–18 season, he averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Clyburn helped CSKA win the 2018 VTB United League Championship, winning his first career title.

On January 17, 2019, Clyburn recorded 20 points, shooting 6-of-13 from the field, along with eight rebounds and two steals, leading CSKA to a 77–70 comeback win over FC Bayern Munich. Two days later, Clyburn was named EuroLeague Round 19 MVP.[15] On May 9, 2019, Clyburn was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team.[16] On May 19, 2019, Clyburn led CSKA win the 2019 EuroLeague Championship after scoring 20 points in the championship game against Anadolu Efes. He was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.[17]

On June 14, 2019, Clyburn signed a three-year contract extension with CSKA.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Clyburn's younger brother, Kris (born April 20, 1996) is also a professional basketball player who currently plays in Poland for Astoria Bydgoszcz.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2016–17 Darüşşafaka 34 26 28.2 .429 .289 .685 5.1 1.3 .9 .3 13.0 12.3
2017–18 CSKA Moscow 36 13 26.6 .435 .386 .692 5.9 1.8 .9 .3 11.6 13.6
2018–19 CSKA Moscow 35 13 27.0 .474 .343 .745 6.8 1.5 1.0 .2 13.6 17.5
Career 105 52 27.4 .445 .340 .710 5.9 1.5 .9 .2 12.7 13.7

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Utah 30 28 34.7 .450 .403 .759 7.8 1.0 1.1 .2 17.1
2012–13 Iowa State 35 35 31.5 .443 .308 .768 6.8 2.1 .9 .4 14.9
Career 65 63 33.0 .446 .359 .764 7.3 1.6 1.0 .3 15.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Will Clyburn - Iowa State University Athletics". Cyclones.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Detroit native Will Clyburn not giving up on NBA dream, could be a second round option for the Detroit Pistons". MLive. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Will Clyburn headed to Iowa State". ESPN.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Will Clyburn, Chris Babb Sign with NBA Teams". ClonesConfidential.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ratiopharm Ulm sign Will Clyburn". Sportando.basketball. July 27, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "Who's who: Clippers 2014 NBA Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 8, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 85 at Ratiopharm Ulm 99". RealGM.com. October 18, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Will Clyburn now with Hapoel Holon". Court-Side.com. September 8, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "מצטיין המחזור ה-30 בליגת ווינר סל: וויל קלייברן". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "נבחרי חודש אפריל: קלייברן, לימונד ופרנקו". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). May 1, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "מקל, וויאט, סמית', אליהו ומונרו בחמישיית העונה". ONE.co.il (in Hebrew). June 3, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Darussafaka Dogus signs Will Clyburn". Sportando.basketball. August 5, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Brose Bamberg vs. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul - Game". EuroLeague.net. March 30, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "CSKA Moscow signs Will Clyburn to a two-year contract". Sportando.basketball. June 20, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Round 19 MVP: Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow". EuroLeague.net. January 19, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "2018-19 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS". EuroLeague.net. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "Final Four MVP: Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow". EuroLeague.net. May 19, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Forward Will Clyburn signed new 3-year contract with Cska". Sportando.basketball. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  19. ^ "Kris Clyburn signs with Enea Astoria Bydgoszcz". Sportando.basketball. September 16, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.

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