Posted: 12:44 pm Monday, January 25th, 2010

Clive Walford’s legs are in basketball shape, but shoulder isn’t 

By Jason Lieser

Glades Central senior Clive Walford is one of Palm Beach County’s top basketball stars, but his future is in football.

Walford is off to a strong start on the basketball court after his first varsity football season, though the fact that he is playing through a strained acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder might be concerning to the University of Miami.

Walford (6-5, 225, No. 30 on The Big Board) committed to Miami as a tight end last summer and reaffirmed that pledge this week. The timeline for when he’ll be able to practice for the Hurricanes, though, is in question.

Walford celebrating at the D-Hop tournament. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Walford celebrating at the D-Hop tournament. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

He expects to undergo shoulder surgery at the end of the basketball season and has been told he will need at least two months to recover. If he delays the surgery too long, the injury could keep him out of summer workouts at Miami.

“I’ll make up the work,” Walford said. “I’m not looking to red-shirt. I don’t plan on being hurt for the fall.”

Walford had considered taking an official visit to South Carolina this weekend, but said he will not make the trip.

All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day seniors can sign is Feb. 3, national signing day.

Walford also said he still has occasional soreness in his left knee. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in July and missed practices at times during the football season.

As for the hardwood, Walford is averaging 11.6 points and 14.6 rebounds per game. In Saturday’s win over Atlantic, he scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked seven shots.

The physical toll of the football season did not affect him much and he appears to be in even better shape than he was a year ago.

“I’m a lot more physical and stronger,” he said. “Last year when I posted up big guys I had to fight and struggle. Now, I don’t have to struggle. They’re struggling to guard me.

“It took two weeks of conditioning to get back in basketball shape. I think I’m there now.”

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