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Sam Clancy, Jr. (born May 4, 1980 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player. He was signed with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers; however he has never played a game for either team. He was injured as a member of the 76ers, and was waived by the Blazers. He is 6 ft 7 in[1] tall and he weighs 118 kg (260 pounds) and he plays at the position of forward-center.[2]


Amateur career

His father, Sam Clancy Sr., played football and basketball at University of Pittsburgh, and went on to play defensive end in the NFL for Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Sam Jr. was born while Sam Sr. was still at Pitt. During his stint with the Browns, Sam Sr. would keep a home in the western Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, OH.

Accordingly, the young Clancy attended St. Edward High School, located in nearby Lakewood, Ohio. He starred alongside Steve Logan, leading St. Edward to the 1998 Ohio High School Athletic Association State "big school" basketball championship during their senior year. He graduated in 1998. In 2009, St. Edward would name Clancy to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.[3]

Clancy attended University of Southern California, majoring in sociology, and played basketball for the Trojans. After the 2001 season, he would declare for the 2001 NBA Draft. However, he never signed with an agent and would withdraw his name from consideration prior to the draft.[4] In 2002, which was his senior year, he was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Associated Press second team All-American.[5] He would finished his USC career as the all-time leader in blocked shots (195), third all-time in points (1,657), second in rebounds (839), and fifth in steals (134).[4]

Pro career

Clancy was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th pick (in the 2nd round) of the 2002 NBA Draft; however he missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury, and was waived by the team the following preseason. He has since played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) with the Idaho Stampede and in Europe. Clancy was named the CBA's 2004-05 season's MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.

In July 2005, Clancy was drafted with the first pick by the Mankato Mallards of the All-American Professional Basketball League, but he never played a game with the team because the league folded later that year. In October 2005, Clancy was signed to a one-year contract by the Portland Trail Blazers, but he was waived before ever playing a game for them. He also played with the Fayetteville Patriots in the NBA D-League and the Yakima Sun Kings in the CBA.

Clancy has also played overseas for Iraklis Thessaloniki, Cocodrilos de Caracas of the Venezuelan LBP, Incheon ET Land Black Slamer of the Korean Basketball League, the Russian Super League teams UNICS Kazan, Ural Great Perm and CSK VVS Samara, the Spanish ACB League team Grupo Capitol Valladolid, and the French League team Le Mans Sarthe Basket. in november 2009, Clancy signed at Bnei HaSharon from the Israeli League.


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