Surrounded by friends, family, teachers and teammates, Spartanburg Day School senior Clay Killoren signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Haverford College on Friday.
Clay has played basketball for the Griffins for seven years, playing with the varsity team since the eighth grade, and was a member of three state championship teams. Over his varsity career, Clay has scored more than 400 points and grabbed over 500 rebounds. Twice he’s been selected to play on the All Region team. He’s also played on the SCISA All Star Team and been selected for the North SCISA All Star Team.
Off the basketball court, Clay was a member of the 2019 SCISA 2A Tennis State Championship Team. A Griffin since he was in 4K, Clay is a “lifer” at SDS. As an Upper School student, he joined the Student Government Association and currently serves as student body vice president and secretary of the Interact Club – the boys’ Upper School service organization. He is described as “genuine, trustworthy, kind and humble.”
Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Charles Blue commended Clay’s dedication, both on and off the court.
“Clay Killoren is a hardworking student-athlete,” Blue said. “His commitment and dedication in the classroom and basketball are second to none. As a player, Clay established his presence on the court this season as he dominated in multiple parts of the game. This season, Clay's hard work displayed as he was one of the top players in rebounding and blocks in the state. I'm honored to have coached him. I look forward to seeing his success at the collegiate level.”
Clay said he’s excited about playing at the collegiate level next year.
“It has been an honor to play for Spartanburg Day School,” he said. “I have had success on and off the court because of the opportunities the school has provided me. I want to thank my parents, my coaches and my teachers who helped me get to this point. I am excited to have the chance to play for Coach Doherty and, most importantly, to attend such a prestigious school as Haverford College.”