Friday, January 20, 2012

Player Profile: Cliff Colimon (#11)

Cliff Colimon (#11) Senior Guard, 6’0” 170 lbs
Brooklyn, NY - Elizabeth High School (NJ) class of 2007

Colimon has continued his great play down the stretch and has taken over as the teams leading scorer (15.5 ppg). Cliff also leads the team in assists (147), steals (49), minutes (34.9) and free throws made (95).  More than that though, Cliff is the teams leader.  His presence lifts the play of his teammates and the offense appears more efficient and consistent with him on the floor.  Cliff was selected as the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the week for his excellent play during the week of February 14th to 20th.

This season he notched a double-double against Linfield (11 assists, 23 points), but perhaps his best game came against Sacramento State in which his free throws (8 of 9) kept the team in the game and his consistent hustle (7 rebounds) and selfless effort (5 assists) helped the Eagles pull out a 65 - 60 victory.

Cliff has scored more than ten points 23 times in 29 games so far this season and more than 20 points 10 times.  He has also had at least 5 assists in 16 games including his season high 11 against Linfield.
Cliff Colimon, photo from

Category Value
Games 29
MIN 34.9
PPG 15.5
FG% 38.5%
3PTPG 2.1
3PT% 37.0%
TOPG 3.3
PFPG 2.9

From, Coach Hayford on Colimon, “He will have some really big games for us as a senior.  He can score of the dribble, he is tremendous shooter and he knows how to us the pick and roll.  Cliff is really strong for his size so he is a very good on-the-ball defender.  He’s a little prone to foul trouble, so he needs more smarts to go with the tenacity.  But if I’m on the opposing team, I don;t want him guarding me - that can make for a long night.  How much he is able to lead our team and play that kind of defense is going to come down to how much mental toughness Cliff has inside.  But my bets are on Cliff.”

So far I think Cliff is truly living up to Coach Hayford’s expectations.