I recently had the pleasure and opportunity to have an interview with the one and only Ramon Clemente. The energetic, show stopping Power Forward that transferred from Paris JUCO, hailing from Queens, New York, is personified to me by the picture above. Extremely emotional on the court, and always smiling. He is a strong user of social media, and has a Facebook page dedicated to his basketball endeavors, a thriving YouTube channel, and an ever updated Twitter account. Show him some love from the Shocker family and like, subscribe, and follow his accounts. He’s truly a great Shocker, and represents his Alma Mater with pride. Without further adieu, the interview.
- Shocker Hoops: What’s your most memorable moment as a Shocker?
- Ramon Clemente: Most memorable moment as a shocker, would have to be beating CU in the Black Out Game. That place was rocking.
- SH: What was a bigger transition in your life, Queens to Paris TX, Paris TX to Wichita, Wichita to Puerto Rico, or PR to Israel?
- RC: Queens to Paris Texas was controlling my ego and being use to organized basketball. Paris Texas to Wichita State was adjusting to understanding the game of basketball more on a mental side more of a thinking game. From WSU to Puerto Rico, realizing that a Jump Shot is something I must put in my game, in order to be a more effective player. Puerto Rico to Israel was putting everything together that I learned in the past, and showing everyone my maturity over the years in my game.
- SH: You talk about the fans being pretty crazy over in Israel. Could you elaborate a bit on that? Anything like over in the states?
- RC: Fans in the States are wild as far as noise, but overseas you have drums, flags, torn newspapers thrown on the court at the beginning of every game, and much more. Totally different overseas.
- SH: Any plans or ideas on where you will be next year?
- RC: No Idea yet. I had the best season of my career last season, so I should have some really good offers coming my way. Just taking my time with the process.
- SH: There are quite a few former Shockers who play professionally overseas. Do you talk to, or meet up with any of them?
- RC: Gal Mekel I hang out with in Israel, PJ (Couisnard) I keep in contact with, Paul Miller and Clevin Hannah.
- SH: How connected do you stay with the current team and staff back at WSU?
- RC: As far as players, I keep in contact with JT (Durley) alot, and Gabe Blair. That’s my boys and most of the players from my time. As far as the staff, Coach Jans I keep alot of contact with. He always checks up on me. Coach Marshall I talked to after the NIT championship. I’m really proud of him. I remember my Junior year, losing alot of games, and I saw how much Coach wanted to win, so I’m really happy for him.
- SH: Have you given any thought on what you’re going to do after you get done playing professionally?
- RC: After basketball? Hmmmm, well right now I’m working on my film company Clemente Films. I want to be somewhere in that field. I’m pretty good at it, so I figured I should take it a little seriously.
- SH: What are your plans in the off season?
- RC: Off season plans… relax. Back to back seasons in Israel to Puerto Rico non stop, can take a toll on your body. So just going to relax, visit Wichita, Kansas and work on films at home in New York City.
I’d just like to say thank you to Ramon for taking time out from his busy schedule to actually sit down and answer these questions. He just wrapped up his season in Israel where his team made the post season play offs, and is now in Puerto Rico playing with Indios de Mayaguez. Its always great seeing an alumnus of the university doing well, and always great to see them continuing their career in basketball after college. Good luck in the future Ramon, and you’ll always be loved by the fans at Wichita State.