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Layshia Clarendon

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Indiana’s top draft pick in 2013 is a slashing perimeter scorer and lock-down defender who exhibited leadership skills in limited play as a rookie.

2013: Clarendon played in 30 games, starting in four as a rookie…she was one of five double-figure scorers at Connecticut, 9/15, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists to close the regular season…she recorded career highs of six assists and five rebounds to go along with two points, in a playoff-clinching win against Connecticut, 9/7…she played one of her best games at Minnesota, 8/24, where she posted a career-high 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and tallied four assists…Clarendon missed the Fever opener due to college graduation and four games due to injury…she recorded her first start and points at New York, 6/5, tallying six points, two rebounds and a steal in over 37 minutes of play.

2013: Clarendon came off the bench to average six points and two assists per game…she finished with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in a win against Chicago, 9/22.

2013-14: Clarendon played 12 games with USK Praha in Czech Republic…she averaged 7.2 points and 2.3 assists during 18.4 minutes of play per game.

2009: Clarendon was a reserve on the USA U19 FIBA World Championships team in Bangkok, Thailand, behind notable guards Skylar Diggins and Samantha Prahalis…she played in 8 of 9 games while the USA finished 8-1 with a gold medal win over Spain…Clarendon shot 16-of-30 from the floor while finishing with averages of 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Clarendon finished as the fourth-leading scorer in school history, boasting 1,820 points through four seasons.
2012-13: Leading Cal to its first Final Four in school history, Clarendon’s golden Mohawk shone brightly on and off the court as a senior...a starter in all 36 games, she led the Golden Bears with 16.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game…she averaged 17.6 points in conference play…she was second on the club in 3-pointers (41), assists (101) and steals (62)…she was an honorable mention All-America selection by the AP and WBCA, and a candidate for the Naismith Award, Wade Trophy and the State Farm Senior CLASS Award…Clarendon was an All-Pac-12 first team selection and the Pac-12 women’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year, boasting a 3.47 cumulative GPA…her stellar NCAA Tourney run included 27 points vs. South Florida and 25 vs. Georgia to seal a Final Four berth…she was the Spokane Region Most Outstanding Player…she was Cal’s leading scorer in 4 of 5 NCAA Tournament games, including 17 points in a national semifinal loss to Louisville…she helped the Bears to their first 30-win season and snapped Stanford’s 81-game conf. streak.
2011-12: Clarendon was a WBCA All-Region honoree, a WBCA honorable mention All-American and an All-Pac-12 selection…she was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team and earned second team Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors...she led the team in scoring with a 12.8 scoring average...she became a member of Cal's 1,000 point club when she hit a jumper twenty seconds into the Stanford game...she scored 27 points, hitting five three-pointers at Oregon...she scored 20 points with three steals in the Pac-12 tournament championship game against Stanford.
2010-11: Clarendon was All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention…she led the team in assists (119) and averaged 13.2 points per game....she began the season scoring in double-digits in nine of the first ten games...she was named the MVP of the Colliers International Classic.
2009-10: Clarendon earned honorable mention for the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team while starting 28 games...she averaged 8.9 points per game, and led the team in free throw percentage (78.7)...she was second on the team in assists (84)...she hit a game-winning shot against Saint Mary's in the first double-digit scoring effort of her career…her first career start came against Boston College, posting her first double-double with 20 points and 11 boards…she scored 29 points in the WNIT opener against UC Davis, also dishing six assists in the game.


Layshia Renee Clarendon was born May 2, 1991 in San Bernardino, Calif....she is the daughter of Sharon and Curtis Clarendon, with a sister, Jasmine, who graduated from Pepperdine University...has a Jack Russell Terrier named Bruschi and enjoys reading, drawing and arts & crafts...she was an American Studies major at Cal…Clarendon prepped at Cajon High School where she was a 2009 WBCA All-American and fourth-team Parade Magazine All-American…she was the 2009 California Ms. Basketball Girls State Player of the Year and the CIF Division I Player of the Year...she was the 2008 State Junior of the Year and Division 2A co-player of the year...her Cajon High team won the CIF title in 2009...she finished her career at Cajon High as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,875) and assists (944), ending her prep career as the 15th-leading girl’s scorer in state history…she scored a school-record 51 points in a game...she also played volleyball and ran track for three years.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the Indiana Fever with the 9th overall pick, first round, in the 2013 WNBA Draft, 4/15/13.