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Chris Clemons makes NBA debut for Houston Rockets

Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

For the first time in the history of Millbrook's Men's Basketball program, a former Wildcat has appeared in an NBA regular season game.

Chris Clemons, Class of 2015, entered off of the bench and played 21 minutes in the Houston Rockets' 129-100 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday evening. Clemons shot 50% from the field and finished second on the team in scoring, just behind James Harden, with 16 points.

Clemons checked in with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After pulling down two rebounds, and recording a blocked shot on Tyler Herro, Russell Westbrook found the 5-foot-9 rookie in transition for a three-point make on his third attempt from downtown.

90 seconds later, Thabo Sefolosha handed off a pass to Clemons who stepped back and downed his second three of the half. All three of Clemons' rebounds came in the first half of play.

A drive to the basket for two, and two made free throws pushed Clemons into double figures with five minutes left in the fourth. Two more three's in the final three minutes inflated his total to 16 points on a 4-for-9 effort behind the arc.

Clemons scored 1,230 career points in three varsity seasons at Millbrook, he holds the school record for career three-point baskets, points in a season, and points in a game. He was a two-time Cap-8 Conference Player of the Year and scored 10 points or more in each of his final 36 high school games. The Wildcats advanced to the NCHSAA Final Four during Chris' junior and senior seasons.

A graduate of Campbell University, Clemons cemented himself in the record books as the school's all-time leading scorer which is only one of 49 records that he holds at the school. His 3,225 career points scored are the third most in NCAA history, and his 115 game streak of double-digit points are tied for the most in college basketball history.

Six other former Wildcats have moved on to play some form of professional basketball in their careers, Clemons and Tyrrel Tate ('10) are the only two active alumni to play professionally. Tate is currently in the midst of training camp with the NBA G-League's Capital City Go-Go.

Donzell Hill ('10) appeared in one season in Macedonia, Cameron Stanley ('04) had a one year stint for two teams in the Premiere Basketball League, Simon Harris ('04) suited up in Ireland for one year, Jonathan Moore ('00) played a ten-year professional career in four different countries, and Anton Gill ('90) starred in France, Finland, Austria and most notably Argentina during his five year pro career.

More information about Millbrook High School's professional and collegiate alumni can be found by clicking HERE.

Millbrook High School opened its doors in 1923, the Men's Basketball program has brought home 16 conference championships and has qualified for the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs in every season since 1996-97. Lead by head coach Christopher Davis, the Wildcats embark on their 2019-20 season on November 19th when they travel to take on Heritage.

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