The buzz is in the air, and the excitement is palpable in Clemson as the Tigers' men's basketball team showcased their immense promise during the exhibition game on November 1st against Division II powerhouse Newberry College. Fans and analysts are eagerly looking forward to what this season holds for this talented squad.
PJ Hall, Clemson's standout forward, shone brightly during the exhibition match, emphasizing the significance of his role on the team. His return to the court, healthy and robust, bodes well for the Tigers, provided he can remain injury-free. Hall's athleticism and skills make him a true asset for the squad and a force to be reckoned with in the ACC competition.
One aspect of the Tigers' game that stands out is their robust forward core. This talented group brings versatility and promise that could leave opponents struggling to match up. Although there is room for improvement in the defensive department, it's not a cause for concern at this early stage in the season.
Head Coach Brad Brownell expressed his contentment with the team's performance after the exhibition game, considering the challenging circumstances due to critical injuries and limited time to assemble an entire squad. He was "at ease" after witnessing the grit, togetherness, sportsmanship, and competitive spirit displayed by his players on the court, all of which are traits that will be crucial in the coming weeks as the season heats up.
Two players, Ian Schieffelin and RJ Godfrey, highlighted the growth of the sophomore class during the post-game conference, which they attributed to gaining experience and putting in the extra work during the offseason. This development equips the Tigers with the ability to implement various schemes, adding depth to their game.
Off the court, team-building activities have contributed to a strong sense of camaraderie among the players, translating into solid teamwork on the court. This cohesion is evident in their performance and will be vital as the season progresses.
The Tigers' belief in their offensive capabilities is a crucial takeaway from the exhibition game. They consider themselves a potent offensive team, and their performance against Newberry College exemplified this. Teammates also admired PJ Hall's remarkable athleticism, making his every move an electric moment for the bench and the fans in the stands.
Eyes are also on Latiff, the hometown hero, whose incredible growth and hard work have not gone unnoticed by his teammates. His journey (#13) is a testament to the dedication and effort that every player on the team brings to the table.
Coach Brownell was particularly pleased with the team's defensive efforts, considering they had only had an entire team together for a day or two. The Tigers' more mature lineup may experience some nerves, but they have the experience and determination to excel this season.
As the Tigers prepare for their home season opener in just a few days, there are high expectations for what this season will bring. The team has more depth and various options, making them competitive.
PJ Hall, in particular, has undergone a significant transformation, both physically and in terms of skills. For the first time in Clemson's career, he is fully healthy and ready to impact the court. Coach Brownell wants to refine his defensive abilities and minimize fouls, which should further elevate his game.
The Clemson Tigers displayed remarkable promise and potential during the exhibition game. With a healthy PJ Hall, a talented forward core, and an ever-evolving sense of teamwork, this season looks filled with excitement, competitive basketball, and high expectations. Clemson fans, get ready to cheer on your team as they aim for greatness in the ACC competition.
Scoring By Shot Type (% of team pts)
Three Pointers: 9 (23%)
Two Pointers: 20 (51%)
Free Throws: 10 (26%)
Dunks: 2 (2%)
Layups: 14 (36%)
Scoring By Stat (% of team pts)
In the Paint: 16 (41%)
Off the Bench: 13 (33%)
Off of Forced Turnovers: 4 (10%)
2nd Chance: 5 (13%)
On Fast Break: 11 (12%)
Clemson University Specialty Stats
Bench Points: 42
Points In Paint: 50
Points off Turns: 12
Opp Turnovers: 10
2nd Chance Points: 30
Off Rebounds: 17
Fastbreak Points: 11
Times Tied: 0
Times Taken Lead: 0
Pts Per Possession: 1.429
Scoring %: 63.5
Turnover %: 14.3
Time Leading: 39:32
Time Trailing: 0:00
Coach Brownell expressed contentment with the game's defensive side and the mature team's performance. The coaching staff sees potential in players like Latiff, who received the opportunity to shine during the game. As the season progresses, the team will work on integrating J.C. Clark into the system.
The ultimate goal is to make the team as competitive as possible, with the season promising greater versatility than previous years. PJ Hall's physical transformation and enhanced skills mark a significant turning point in his Clemson career, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead.