Speaking of which, Clemson is picked to finish 5th in the ACC this season, with UNC, Duke, Wake, and Miami picked ahead of the Tigers.
The past two weeks have signaled a new era in Clemson sporting history. The abrupt changes in the football program have lead many to seek refuge in the basketball program. To those, I say welcome.
Just this past Thursday, the Tigers held an open scrimmage. The statistics are below:
Orange & Purple Scrimmage Statistics
The line that stands out the most to me is Jerai Grant's 7-9, 15 pt effort. This year's success, I think, hinges upon our ability to perform at the forward position: Potter, Grant, Sykes, Smith. We have the inside presence with Booker, who is listed as the #16 Big Man to watch this year according to Gary Parrish, and hopefully Baicu, and have strong guards: Stitt, Oglesby, and of course Mr KC Rivers, listed as the #22 wing player by Parrish, but we are not as experienced elsewhere- ie., we no longer have Mays.
Per this year's team, Espn Insider Blue Ribbon Analysis graded the Tigers
ACC Handbook essentially agrees, but adds Coach: A. This puts him in the same category as Roy Williams and Mike Kryzewski- at least in terms of the grade. Remember, the grade is a range, but its exciting nonetheless.
The season officially gets started 11/14 against Hofstra- are they still the flying dutch?- in the inaugural Charleston classic. Subscribe to The OP: Clemson Basketball Google Calendar to keep up to date.
Coach Purnell updated his blog
Former Tigers in the NBA
Milton Jennings Article- a little old-
Catalin 'Bobo' Baciu has been suspended five games