Both Clinton and Hemmings have excelled on the pitch and in the classroom, as the two each own a 3.60 grade point average and played a pivotal role in leading the Panthers to their first Sun Belt Conference title in program history and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
Clinton, a junior defender from Havant, England, collected his second consecutive Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honor and his third straight All-Sun Belt First Team honor this season. He led a GSU back line that produced five shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average, the second-best mark in the league. Clinton, an exercise science major, picked up his second academic honor in 2018, as he also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in mid-November.
Hemmings, a senior midfielder from Wokingham, England, proved to be one of the premier midfielders in the conference, as he led a GSU attack that finished tied for first in the league with 30 goals. He ended the season with 13 total points, scoring four goals and adding five assists, ranking first on the team and fourth in the Sun Belt. Hemmings, majoring in managerial science, earned his first academic honor this year after being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team in 2017.
Georgia State concluded the year 11-6-3 following a loss to Charlotte in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2018 season was historic nonetheless, as the Panthers won the Sun Belt Conference double – their first Sun Belt title in program history – by knocking off rival Georgia Southern in the conference championship.
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