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Michael Claxton
Michael  Claxton


Hemstead, N.Y.

High School:
Christ the King

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 186




VILLANOVA: A tenacious defender ... Understands the game ... Plays hard and knows his role.

2003-04: Played 70 minutes on the year, primarily as a backcourt reserve ... His biggest contribution came at the University of Redlands on Nov. 22 when the Wildcats played with only four scholarship players as a result of suspensions related to the telephone access code incident ... Claxton made his first career start and played 18 minutes, scoring a career high four points ... He played in each of Villanova's first eight games as the Wildcats grappled with a roster depleted by injury and suspension ... His minutes dipped when the active roster expanded, seeing only two minutes of activity in Big East Conference regular season games. 2002-03: Recorded his first career points late in the first half in a 46-41 loss to Georgetown when he banked home a free throw ... Saw his first career action in crunch time during Villanova's 56-54 loss to Pittsburgh at the First Union Center ... Did not attempt a field goal in one minute ... Missed his only field goal attempt in a 75-56 win over Miami on Feb. 25 ... Was unavailable from Jan. 20-26 due to a sprained right shoulder ... Made his college debut with one minute of action against Marquette on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden...Changed jersey number from 25 to 35 prior to Dec. 27 meeting with Binghamton.

CHRIST THE KING H. S. Named team's outstanding player as a senior ... Averaged 6 ppg as a senior ... Scored 17 points vs. Holy Cross in quarterfinals of CHSAA championships for coach Bob Oliva ... Contributed four steals in a game vs. Bishop Loughlin H.S.

PERSONAL The sixth of seven children of Steven and Yvette Claxton ... Siblings are Cheryl (30), Cherise (28), Craig (26), Jacinta (24), Stacey-Ann (22) and Lisa-Ann (17) ... Craig played for Jay Wright at Hofstra and is now a starting guard with the NBA's Golden State Warriors ... Enrolled in pre-law courses at Villanova and has designs on a career as an attorney ... Born 2/4/84 in Corona, N.Y.