NCB On The Trail: Clemson Tigers

Mack’s stock on the rise 

December, 22, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The 12th annual Chick-fil-A Classic holiday basketball tournament features some of the nation’s top prospects. One prospect who came into the weekend without national fanfare but is seeing his stock rise is junior shooting guard Tevin Mack (Columbia, S.C./Dreher High). The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Mack has three high-major offers with more expected.

“It’s Georgia, Clemson, VCU, Mississippi State, Florida State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech recruiting me the hardest,” Mack said on Friday. “My biggest offers are Georgia, Virginia Tech and Houston, but Clemson and VCU are recruiting me very hard. Clemson, VCU and also Wake Forest want me to come see them. Wake Forest said they will offer if I come up there for a game.”

Prep school stars shine at Showcase 

November, 25, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The National Prep Showcase has annually served as the unofficial start to the prep school basketball season, and the 2013 edition was no different, hosting 23 top teams over the course of three exciting days of action.

A variety of top prospects stood out over the course of the weekend. UNLV-bound ESPN 100 big man Goodluck Okonoboh (Boston/Wilbraham & Monson) put on his latest display of shot-blocking prowess, turning away eight attempts on Saturday night, while Colorado-bound big man Tory Miller (Lee’s Summit, Mo./New Hampton) emerged as perhaps the most impactful true post player in the field.

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#AskCoachB: Four on the rise

November, 21, 2013
Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation national recruiting director Paul Biancardi a question about basketball recruiting? Tweet it to @PaulBiancardi using the hashtag #AskCoachB.

From Twitter (@james_peden9): Who are some young teams that we should be keeping and eye on that you think are on the rise? #AskCoachB

Besides the Kentucky Wildcats, who have to be the youngest team in the NCAA this season, there are a few teams to keep your eye on.

Take a look at the Clemson Tigers, who have no seniors and will be led by junior K.J. McDaniels, who is one of the best athletes in the ACC. They are picked near the bottom of their league, but after watching them practice and calling their game against South Carolina, I believe they could be much higher in the standings.

The Boston College Eagles have a very promising and young team returning, led by junior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Olivier Hanlan, who was the ACC freshman of the year.

Out west, BYU has no seniors and is loaded with skill and the impactful guys are juniors Matt Carlino and junior Tyler Haws.

A program on the rise is SMU, as their top three scorers this season are all underclassmen: sophomore Nic Moore, freshman Ben Moore and freshman Keith Frazier. Looking ahead to next season, they add the No. 5 prospect in 2014, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

Watch for these four programs to make a move this year and be strong in the future.

SG Gabe DeVoe commits to Clemson 

August, 7, 2013
Clemson is on the board in the Class of 2014 with a commitment from combo guard Gabe DeVoe (Shelby, N.C./Shelby), who selected the Tigers over offers from Marshall, UNC-Wilmington, Richmond, Charlotte and Xavier on Tuesday.

What is the strength of DeVoe’s game and what will he bring to Clemson?

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Clemson lands first 2014 commitment

August, 6, 2013
Point guard Gabe DeVoe (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) became Clemson's first commitment from the 2014 class when the senior picked the Tigers on Tuesday, the Shelby Star reported.

DeVoe held offers from Marshall, UNC-Wilmington, Richmond, Charlotte and Xavier.

"The recruiting process gets a little aggravating," he told the paper. "So I decided I was going to get it out of the way. Now I won't have to worry about anything, you can just go enjoy your senior year.

DeVoe averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior last season.

Dawgs host No. 1 prospect in Florida 

May, 20, 2013
With basketball season over, the No. 1 prospect in Florida can finally hit the road to check out some college campuses. The No. 12 overall prospect in the ESPN 150 David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) has no shortage of options to choose from.

During spring break, Sharpe visited in-state Florida and Florida State. Over the weekend, he spent time at two out-of-state programs. Sharpe got to Clemson on Friday morning and stayed there until Saturday morning. He then spent the rest of the day in Athens, Ga., before visiting with some family in Georgia.

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Clemson inks C Sidy Djitte

May, 15, 2013
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell announced the signing of 6-foot-10 center Sidy Djitte (Senegal/Northwood Temple Academy) on Wednesday.

Djitte averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks last season at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C.

"Sidy is a big, strong post player who will certainly add a great deal of athleticism to our frontcourt," Brownell said. "He's only played the game about three years, but we believe he has the potential to be a very good player at Clemson. His high school coaches have done a good job helping him acclimate to school and basketball in the United States."

Djitte joins SG Austin Ajukwa (Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newma), SG Patrick Rooks (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and C Ibrahim Djambo (Poplar Bluffs, Mo./Three Rivers C.C.) in the Tigers' incoming class.

Clemson announces two signees 

November, 14, 2012
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell announced the signing of two student-athletes on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

Inking letters of intent with the Tigers were three-star shooting guard's Austin Ajukwa (Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newman) and Patrick Rooks (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian).

"We feel really good about the signing of Austin and Patrick," Brownell said on the school's website. "We've tracked them the last couple of years, and both players can really score the basketball. Both are good students and come from great families, and we're excited to have them at Clemson."

Rooks and Austin are the lone commitments for Clemson so far in 2013.

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Cougars get commitment from Tanner Lancona 

October, 30, 2012
Washington State landed a verbal commitment from California power forward Tanner Lancona (Las Flores, Calif./Tesoro) on Monday.

Lancona announced the decision via his Twitter account, writing: "JUST COMMITTED TO #wazzu go Cougs. Thanks to all involved". The news has been confirmed by multiple sources.

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South Carolina adds 2013 SG Justin McKie 

October, 8, 2012
South Carolina head coach Frank Martin added to his 2013 class on Monday with a verbal commitment from in-state shooting guard Justin McKie (Columbia, S.C./Irmo), according to multiple sources.

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Iowa gets first 2013 commitment in SF Jok 

September, 23, 2012
Small forward Peter Jok (Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) verbally committed to Iowa on Sunday, giving the Hawkeyes their first commitment from the class of 2013, mulitple sources are reporting.

"[Coach] Fran McCaffery continues to build his Iowa program," said's Paul Biancardi. "Jok is a big guard who at 6-5 can make 3s well beyond the arc. With [current freshmen] Adam Woodbury inside and Mike Gesell outside at the point, Jok is someone who will create space for other teammates with his sharpshooting."

"The big picure here is that since McCaffery took over at Iowa, he and his staff have dug their heels into protecting the state of Iowa and surrounding areas to secure talent."

Jok, a native of the Sudan, held offers from Creighton, Clemson, Illinois and Iowa State.

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Cardinals add ESPN 100 PF Akoy Agau 

September, 19, 2012
Louisville landed a verbal commitment from ESPN 100 power forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central) on Wednesday night, has confirmed.

The 6-foot-9 Agau held mulitple offers including Clemson, Connecticut, Creighton, Iowa State and Nebraska. Head coach Rick Pitino has put together a Top 5 class that also features ESPN 100 guard Anton Gill (Raleigh, N.C./Hargrave Military), post-grad guard Terry Rozier (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Hargrave Military) and junior college point guard Chris Jones (Memphis, Tenn./NW Florida State College).

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Tennessee strikes again with SF A.J. Davis 

September, 17, 2012
Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin landed his second verbal commitment of the day on Monday night with a pledge from 2013 small forward A.J. Davis (Norcross, Ga./Buford). The news was announced by Davis via his Twitter account and was confirmed by sources.

Earlier in the day, ESPN 100 guard Robert Hubbs (Newbern, Tenn./Dyer County) chose the Vols.

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3-star SF Quinton Stephens picks Ga. Tech 

September, 16, 2012
Georgia Tech landed a verbal commitment from small forward Quinton Stephens (Atlanta/Marist School) on Sunday, according to multiple sources.

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Austin Ajukwa picks ACC school 

September, 13, 2012
Shooting guard Austin Ajukwa (Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newman) verbally committed to Clemson on Thursday, has confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Ajukwa chose the Tigers over South Carolina, East Carolina, Jacksonville and Georgia.

"This is a big one for Clemson," according to ESPN's Dave Telep. "He's a guy that flew below the radar but we evaluated to be a high major prospect this summer. There wound up being a little tussle between the Tigers and Gamecocks for his services.

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