USCA basketball player killed in car crash

By: STAFF Email
By: STAFF Email

March 18, 2009

AIKEN, S.C.---Hours after playing in one of our area's biggest basketball games in years, a USC Aiken basketball player was killed in a car crash.

20-year-old Javonte Clanton died this morning as he was driving from Aiken to suburban Columbus, Ohio, his hometown. He crashed near Fairplain, West Virginia at around 8:30.

Clanton left for his hometown just hours after USCA's first appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. School officials and West Virginia state police say it appears he fell asleep at the wheel.

A deputy there says Clanton's car flipped and he was thrown from the car.

Clanton transferred to USC Aiken from Blinn Junior College. He was a junior, majoring in communications. Clanton was a rising senior guard on the basketball team, wearing number 22. His bio on the school's website said his goal was to play pro basketball and take care of his mother and grandmother.

USC-A athletic director Randy Warrick says the death hits everyone hard.

"Our athletes, you feel like they are a part of your family, because you see them every day and you support them," Warrick said. "It is a tragedy to have something like this happen."

"Our students, faculty, and staff are in mourning," said Tom Hallman, chancellor. "It's a dark day on the USC Aiken campus, and our heartfelt thoughts are with Javonte's family, friends, and fellow teammates."

Head coach Vince Alexander and the players were not up to talking about the loss.

Funeral arrangements have not been set.

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  • by Marcel Location: Marion ohio on Mar 22, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    I played with Javonte n a few tourneys n leagues over the past few years, so i know he was hard worker great friend n loving grandson. He will be missed dearly. R I P Javonte Clanton
  • by sam Location: aiken on Mar 21, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    he was a good man player and student. im glad he was a friend of mine. i dont know how the games will be without him there.
  • by Nessa Location: Aiken,SC on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    It's going to be so hard not seeing him everyday. He will be missed here at USCA. R.i.p. Javonte #22
  • by Ryan Location: Hilliard, Oh on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    This is a shame. I played basketball with him for two years and he was a GREAT kid. He will be missed dearly. RIP Javonte
  • by Karen M. Pritchett Location: Augusta, GA on Mar 18, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    My heart goes out to family and friends at USCA. I am a graduate of USA-Aiken. This is shocking news. May God give you all his grace and mercy.Clanton will not be forgotten.
  • by Crystal Location: Hephzibah on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    This is very shocking. I am a huge ASU basketball fan and have attended all home and Aiken games. This is awful and I pray for Javonte's friends, family, and teammates. He had a great talent and will truly be missed. It is a shame that such a talented young person is gone.
  • by Tjennings Location: Augusta on Mar 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    I am in absolute shock at the news of his passing. I was one of many people present at the game on last night,and witnessed his unbelievable talent.He ws truly a talented young man, who had a gift that was going to take him places.My heart goes out to his mother and grandmother.
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