Last year, as a senior at Augusta High School, Jonny Clausing stuck out at high school gyms across the state. At 6 feet, 8 inches Clausing dominated around the rim all year, earning all-state honors while averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds as a senior. Now as a freshman at Washburn University, Clausing is competing for playing time as a freshman.
On Thursday night, the Ichabods played in their first game of the 2018 season— an exhibition game at Allen Field House on the campus of the University of Kansas.
The Jayhawks entered the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, so the Ichabods knew they would be fighting an uphill battle.
Kansas cruised to a 79-52 win, but Clausing was a bright spot for the Ichabods, coming off the bench and recording eight points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes in his collegiate debut.
As a Kansas native and a Jayhawk fan, Clausing was floored by the opportunity to play at Allen Field House.
“Growing up in Kansas as a Kansas fan you watch KU on TV all the time, so actually getting to play on that court was a great experience for me,” explained Clausing.
After just one game, Clausing is unsure of what his role will be, but he hopes to be able to contribute as much as he can.
“We’ve got some pieces that are still moving around, but I’m trying to work as hard as I can to get as many minutes as I can. Personally, I want to do everything in my power to make the team better. As a team, we were pretty good last year and we think we should be one the best teams in D-II this year.”
The Ichabods were picked to finish third in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association by the media and coaches.
Clausing appreciates all the support shown to him by his family and friends that attended his first collegiate game and have encouraged him along the way.
“All the support that I have from that community is unlike anything else,” added Clausing.