Clemson turned heads and surprised in a big way when they put together a great 23-13 (10-8 ACC) season that came very unexpectedly. The Tigers beat Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament then came one point from beating Duke. Then they won three games in the NIT. The problem is that their leading scorer, leading rebounder, leading everything forward KJ McDaniels (17.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG) was drafted by the 76ers in the second round. Without McDaniels they’ll struggle to generate offense; this was the third lowest-scoring team in the ACC, with no other scorer averaging double digits. They don’t do much well on that side of the ball, whether it’s three-point shooting or racking up assists. Newly extended coach Brad Brownell has his work cut out for him.
The Clemson Tigers operate under Coach Brad Brownell at the Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 2011, beating Alabama-Birmingham before losing to West Virginia. That was the fourth of four straight Tournament appearance years although they did not win a game in any of the first three years. They endured a decade-long drought between Tournament appearances between 1998 and 2008 but could get back to the Big Dance soon. 15 Clemson players have gone on to the NBA including Tree Rollins, Horace Grant, Dale Davis, Elden Campbell, Larry Nance, and Trevor Booker. Get your Clemson basketball tickets today from Gold Coast Tickets!