Dec. 4, 2008
By Brittany Flowers, FSU Sports Information intern
Court is now in session. This is the case number 00 on the docket. Parties have been sworn in. You may be seated. The case: Chasity Clayton, Florida State’s 6’1 freshman guard/forward from Alexandria, Va., who had an outstanding high school career, is being sued by FSU’s opponents that say it is unfair that Clayton is bringing so much talent to the Seminole women’s basketball team. Clayton is fighting that it’s just simply her job to be the best Seminole she can be.
While this court case is just make believe, it wouldn’t be the first time Clayton has taken a stand on the court. The basketball court that is. Before Florida State kicked off its 2008-2009 season, Clayton had made a decision and then made a request of her head coach that was rare amongst many collegiate athletes. She asked Coach Sue if she could redshirt this season. A decision she felt would benefit her basketball career and benefit the program that she was now a part of.
According to Coach Sue, Chasity walked into her office and said, “Coach Sue, I am basketball illiterate right now. I have never had to run a play in my life and what you guys are talking (about) to me is Greek right now. Is there a chance that I could redshirt?”
Clayton is already a dynamic player and many felt she could and would contribute immediately but she felt differently about the situation.
“I want to be the best I can be,” Clayton said. “Taking a year off and understanding the game better and basically perfecting it … that’s what I want to do.”
Some of Clayton’s accomplishments before becoming a Seminole include lettering for four seasons at Thomas Edison High School and being named a four-time Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith. A four-start recruit, Hoopgurlz.com was listed Clayton as the eighth-best player at her position.
While Clayton can play both guard and forward, she prefers to play outside.
“I just love to be at the three position,” she said. “I like to be lady-like; I don’t like to push around or be pushed around in the post.”
And why is it that chose double zero as the number on her jersey? We have all heard about the story of how NBA player Gilbert Arenas chose the number 00 in college because his coach always told him that he would be nothing. Similar to Arenas’ story, Clayton chose the number because she wanted to be “something.”
“Chasity is one of the most amazing athletes that I have ever been around, much less coached,” Semrau said. “Being able to redshirt her, that’s a luxury for us this year.”
Although Seminole fans will have to wait another year before having the opportunity to see Clayton on the court for Florida State, it will be “something” to watch.