PORTLAND, Maine — Matt Clement, a former Lawrence High School of Fairfield and Maine Maritime Academy basketball star, has been waived by the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.
Tyrelle Blair, a 6-foof-11, 242-pound center out of Boston College, was also waived during the team’s final cut. He was a 2009 allocation selection of the Red Claws.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Clement, the team’s eighth-round draft pick, is the career record holder at MMA for blocked shots with 169. He was the 2004 North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year when he led the nation’s NCAA Division III rebounders with 15.8 per game to go with 22.3 points and 3.5 blocked shots.
Clement had also played pro basketball in Northern Ireland for the Belfast Star.
“Matt is a talented player and worked incredibly hard during training camp,” said Red Claws General Manager Jon Jennings in a press release. “Every step of the way, he gave everything that he had. We couldn’t have asked any more of Matt.”
Jennings added that they also appreciated Blair’s efforts during training camp.
“He’s a talented player and we wish him the best in his career,” said Jennings.
The Red Claws and the Springfield Armor squared off in an exhibition game at the Augusta Civic Center Monday night with the Armor posting an 86-78 triumph. Julian Allen and Perrin Johnson had 12 points each for the winners while Darnell Lazare’s 19 points, Tony Bobbitt’s 14 and Bill Walker’s 13 points paced the Red Claws.
The Red Claws open their inaugural season on the road against the Sioux Falls Skyforce in South Dakota on Friday.
The Red Claws roster and their respective colleges — guards: Abdulai Jalloh (James Madison), Will Blalock (Iowa State), Billy Thomas (Kansas), Gary Ervin (Arkansas), Tony Bobbitt (Cincinnati); forwards: Bill Walker (Kansas), Darnell Lazare (Louisiana State University), Anthony Terrell (UNC-Wilmington), Stanley Thomas (Robert Morris); forward-center: Noel Felix (Fresno State); center: Michael Williams (Bryant).