Barry Clemens

Induction Year: 2009 Sport: Basketball

Rarely does a Division III basketball player make it to the NBA. Barry Clemens not only made it, but carved out an 11-year career — including two seasons 1972-73 and 1973-74 — with the Cavaliers. Clemens, 66, was born in Dayton and grew up on a 200-acre farm in Xenia, Ohio. At Xenia High School, where he graduated as the Salutatorian in 1961, Clemens starred in basketball while also running track and cross country. Recruited by numerous Division I colleges — including Ohio State and Ohio University – he instead chose to attend Division III Ohio Wesleyan. In four seasons at OWU, Clemens finished as the school’s and Ohio Athletic Conference’s career leader in scoring. The Battling Bishops were 71-23 in Clemens four years. His career high at OWU — 41 points — came against Baldwin-Wallace in January 1965. The New York Knicks made Clemens, a 6-6 forward, the 19th pick of the 1965 NBA draft. It was a draft that also included Bill Bradley, Rick Barry, Walt Frazier and Billy Cunningham. In 11 seasons with five teams as primarily a reserve noted for his deadly perimeter shooting, Clemens averaged 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. Today, he is Managing Director for Wachovia Securities and lives in a Cleveland western suburb with his wife of 42 years, Vivian. They are the parents of three children — Justin (40), Jennifer (37) and Matthew (34).