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Keith Clanton decides to stay at UCF despite sanctions

UCF senior Keith Clanton made the decision to stick it out with the Knights in his final year with the program, despite having the opportunity to leave and compete immediately due to NCAA sanctions.

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Central Florida senior Keith Clanton has decided to stay with the team, despite the sanctions handed down from the NCAA that bans the team from the postseason in 2012-13. Clanton, being a senior, was given the choice to leave the team for a championship contender, but he's staying at UCF.

The NCAA determined the Knights committed major recruiting violations, which resulted in a one-year postseason ban.

Clanton said he talked it over with people he trusted, and they told him to do what was best for him. That's why the former Orlando Christian Prep star decided to stay with the hometown team.

"I feel like we can still win a conference title," Clanton told the Orlando Sentinel. "We still play the likes of Miami [and] Florida to show our talent against the best of them. We just want to come out and win every game."

That's the attitude Knights can appreciate. Clanton took calls from other schools, including national champion Kentucky. But Central Florida appears to be the place he wants to be in.

Clanton was named the preseason Conference USA player of the year after averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game last season.

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