Prep Girls Basketball

Following Dad's footsteps: Clampitt playing in Classic just like father

Baylee Clampitt works a basketball camp at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., on Monday, Jun. 11, 2018. Clampitt will be participating in the Herald-Whig classic. Her dad, Randy, was in the first boys game. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 12, 2018 10:10 am Updated: Jun. 12, 2018 10:16 am

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Baylee Clampitt had her own little cheering section at every Illini West girls basketball game.

It usually was led by her father, Randy Clampitt.

"He was always at my games," Baylee Clampitt said. "It was usually him, my aunts and uncles. They always came to support me, no matter where the game was.

"It was really big for me because some kids don't even have their family watching."

More times than not in her three-year career with the Chargers, she put on a show for her family.

After transferring from Keokuk (Iowa) following her freshman season, Clampitt played three years of varsity basketball for Chargers coach Grant Surprenant. She averaged 20 points per game this past winter, adding 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists, and earned Associated Press and IBCA first-team all-state honors.

She also became the Chargers' all-time leading scorer with 1,459 points.

She also gets to play one final game before moving onto play basketball and softball at Culver-Stockton College when she suits up for Illinois in Saturday's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena.

It's probably a good guess her father will be there, and he has his own history with the game.

Randy Clampitt, a Southeastern High School graduate, played in the first boys version of the Classic in 1984, and he won Most Outstanding Player honors. There's a chance Baylee could do the same.

"It's pretty cool he played in this game, and now I'm preparing to play in this game," Baylee said. "I guess it's kind of a tradition."

Baylee said her father didn't really coach her much in her youth. He mostly was just one of her biggest fans.

That didn't stop her from showing off her own basketball savvy.

"She knows how to play the game of basketball," Surprenant said. "She knows where to pass it in transition. She just had a knack for the ball defensively.

"As she got older, she got more consistent with her shots, especially beyond the 3-point line. She put a lot of time into being a knockdown 3-point shooter."

While her scoring was impressive, Surprenant said there were times her passing even left him in awe.

"She made some passes in her career that were normally other players do not make," he said. "As a coach and seeing things, as I'd watch a play and think it, she'd pass it without anyone saying anything. There were some passes in her career that came out of nowhere, but they were the right pass at the right time."

Baylee also had a solid softball career. She initially signed with C-SC to play basketball, but she said Wildcats coach Janette Burgin approached softball coach Jordan Bastian and got her a spot on the team.

"It's special to play both sports. I just didn't want to give it up," Clampitt said. "I didn't know if I could play both in college. I thought I'd be good enough, but I didn't know if I'd get the chance."

Her high school accolades gave her that chance.