11 - Cliff Colimon
Cliff Colimon
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School: Elizabeth HS '07, N.J.
College: Eastern Utah JC
Position: G
Experience: 1L

Hayford on Colimon: “He’s will have some really big games for us as a senior. He can score off the dribble, he is a tremendous shooter and he knows how to use 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.”

2010-11: In Big Sky Conference statistics, Colimon was 21st in scoring (10.4), averaging 19.0 points in the last three games of the year. For the season, Colimon scored in double figures 13 times, including a career-high 21 points in the second game of his EWU career against Northwest University on Nov. 18. He averaged 10.4 points to rank second on the team, and also averaged 1.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. He led the team in scoring and assists four times each, steals on 11 occasions and blocked shots once. He closed the year with a career-high 27 points in Eastern’s 79-70 loss to Weber State (3/5/11) in the Big Sky Conference Tournament. He made 8-of-15 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 three-point attempts, and sank 6-of-9 free throws. He scored 22 in the first half alone when he bettered his previous high of 21 set earlier in the 2010-11 season against Northwest University. His previous high versus a NCAA Division I opponent was 18 against Seattle. In a 59-55 overtime win over Montana (2/26/11), Colimon had 13 points, a season-high seven rebounds and a pair of assists. In a 75-59 win over Weber State (3/2/11), Colimon had 17 points, including 13 in the second half when he made a trio of 3-pointers to help EWU turn a six-point lead into an 11-point advantage. “Little Cliff” was also impressive in an 83-70 Big Sky victory over Idaho State (1/29/11), finishing with 10 points and four assists. He made a pair of baskets early in the second half to help turn a three-point halftime deficit into a 13-point win, however, it was his defense on ISU guard Broderick Gilchrest that was the key to the game. Idaho State’s leading scorer entering the game with a 15.0 average per game, Gilchrest scored only six points on 2-of-9 shooting. Colimon missed EWU’s second exhibition game with a sprained ankle suffered on Nov. 7, 2010, and did not play in the season opener against San Jose (11/12/10). He hurt it again in a practice and missed three games from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4.

Junior College: Played two seasons at College of Eastern Utah, helping the Golden Eagles to a two-year record of 50-16 as he proved to be tough in the clutch by making 69-of-89 free throws (78 percent). He averaged 5.6 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as a sophomore while making 81 percent of his free throws and 35 percent of his shots from the field (26 percent from the three-point line). He scored in double figures three times, including a season-high of 13 points against College of Southern Idaho. He had seven assists, three steals and 11 points against Western Nebraska, and had six assists, four rebounds and nine points versus North Idaho as Eastern Utah finished 27-10. The Golden Eagles captured third place in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament with 65-61 overtime victory over Navarro College. That came on the heels of a 68-64 semifinal loss to Howard in which Eastern Utah squandered a 16-point lead in the closing minutes that cost them their chance at a national championship. Colimon scored nine points against Navarro, five versus Howard and 11 in a quarterfinal win over Wallace State. As a freshman, Eastern Utah finished 23-6 as Colimon averaged 3.5 points, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 rebounds per game. He made 72 percent of his free throws and 33 percent of his shots overall. He had 15 points, five assists and three steals in his first collegiate game against Central Wyoming on Oct. 31, 2008.

High School: Graduated from Elizabeth High School in New Jersey in 2007. He helped Elizabeth finish 18-10 in the 2006-07 season. In addition, he attended St. Patrick High School, also in New Jersey.

Personal: Born June 11, 1989 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Communications major. His mother is Marie Colimon. Last name is pronounced “call-ih-mun.”

 
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