Weems with the Toronto Raptors
|No. 13 – CSKA Moscow|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
VTB United League
July 8, 1986 |
West Memphis, Arkansas
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||West Memphis
(West Memphis, Arkansas)
|College||Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004–2006)
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|2008–2009||→Colorado 14ers (D-League)|
|2011–2012||Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)|
|2012–present||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Clarence "Sonny" Weems (born July 8, 1986) is an American basketball player who plays for CSKA Moscow of the Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL). Weems was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft and shortly thereafter traded to the Denver Nuggets. Weems played collegiate basketball at the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. At 6'6" (1.98 m), Weems is able to play both guard and small forward, although his skill set makes him more suited to play the former.
High school and college basketball
Weems played basketball at West Memphis High School where he was named first team all-state as a senior after leading his team to the 5A state championship, and was also a 6-10 high jumper in track and field. In Weems' high school career, West Memphis posted a record of 68-10. Weems averaged over 20 points per game as sophomore and junior, and 14.0 rebounds per game as a senior.
After high school, Weems attended junior college at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and was named 3rd team All-American, as well as all-conference and all-region as a freshman. Ranked as the number one junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com and Street & Smith's, Weems took UAFS to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in 2006. Weems was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected for the all-tournament team. In two seasons at UAFS, Weems led the team to a 62-7 record and back-to-back Bi-State Conference Eastern Division titles.
Weems signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks as a junior, which was also Stan Heath's final season as head coach. He averaged 11.8 points per game and was named to all-tournament teams at the Old Spice Classic and the SEC Tournament as he helped the Razorbacks to their third consecutive winning season and their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, losing to the USC Trojans in the first round.
Weems played his senior season with a new head coach, John Pelphrey, and earned first team All-SEC with per game averages of 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Weems led the Razorbacks to their first NCAA tournament win in nine years with an upset victory of Indiana University. He finished the game with 31 points, out-dueling the much heralded freshman Eric Gordon, who was held to only eight points. After his team lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Weems later won the College Slam Dunk Championship held at the Final Four.
Weems accepted an invitation to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, but later decided not to attend. Instead, Weems worked out for several teams: the Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Portland Trail Blazers, receiving increased interest because of his high scores in speed and agility drills. Weems was selected with the 39th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Bulls, but he was traded almost immediately to the Denver Nuggets for a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft in a three-team trade involving the Portland Trail Blazers.
NBA Development League
On December 10, 2008, the Nuggets, for whom he had yet to play because of a surgery for sports hernia and then a groin strain, assigned Weems to their Development League affiliate the Colorado 14ers.
Weems averaged 18.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 10 games for the 14ers. On December 14, Weems led the 14ers with 20 points, including 9-of-14 field goals, in a 129-108 home win over Reno Reno. Other notable Weems performances include a team-leading 24 points in a thrilling 99-98 loss to Sioux Falls on December 17, a 26-point effort in a 111-104 loss to the Tulsa 66ers on December 20, 25 points in a 99-95 victory over the 66ers on December 23, and 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 131-120 14ers win over Fort Wayne on December 30. On January 6, 2009, Weems was recalled from the 14ers back to the Denver Nuggets.
On April 7, 2010, Weems was placed in the starting lineup and scored a then career-high 21 points to lead the Raptors, but the Raptors lost the game to the Boston Celtics. His current career-high in points is 25 which he scored on November 17, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
BC Žalgiris Kaunas
On July 8, 2011, Weems signed with BC Žalgiris Kaunas on a one-year contract. His contract was terminated in March, 2012 after he suffered a season-ending injury. Over 15 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 15.5 points and 5 rebounds per game.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
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