ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - As one of the most recognizable individuals at UCF, Keith Clanton is greeted nearly everywhere he travels on campus. The forward enjoys the interaction with fellow students, faculty and staff members and says he has especially appreciated the love that he has received since the start of his senior year.
However, the always approachable Clanton is even grateful for the gratitude that has not come in person.
"So many times, I will get off an elevator and check my Twitter and see someone tweet, `I just rode on the elevator with Keith Clanton,' or something like that," he said. "That makes me laugh. I am happy to talk to everyone and I love all the love that I receive here at UCF."
Following a challenging summer, the Orlando native will play in his final home game Saturday when the Knights host No. 17 Memphis at 1 p.m. at the UCF Arena.
Clanton will conclude his collegiate career playing in his hometown in front of his family and for a university that appreciates his contributions to its program. He is certainly comfortable on the UCF campus. His love of UCF and Orlando played a large role in his return for his senior season.
"UCF is great place. A lot of people don't know how nice UCF is. I've been able to travel all around the country for road games and UCF is by far the best campus that I have ever seen," he said.
As his collegiate career nears its conclusion, Clanton still has plenty to accomplish. He is making his mark on the UCF record books and is already the program's career leader in rebounds, blocks and games played. As a student of the game, and a longtime follower of UCF basketball, Clanton recognizes the importance of having a stellar career in a place that he loves.
"I don't pay too much attention to the records now, but I think that when I get older, it will be great to know that I was one of the best players ever at UCF. I have had a great career and have been a part of some of the biggest wins that we have ever had. I've been able to play in Orlando in front of my family and friends. I love UCF and if I had to go back and do it all over again, I wouldn't go anywhere but here."
This story appears in the February issue of Knights Insider magazine. The publication, which is published six times per year, provides an inside look at UCF student-athletes, coaches and alums. To order the magazine, click here.