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Overview: Signed in the fall of 2011 with Brad Brownell’s program ... highest-rated signee of Clemson’s 2012 class, he sat out the season and redshirted due to a broken leg suffered in April as a senior in high school ... practiced in limited contact situations throughout most of the 2012-13 season, and was a valuable member of the scout team ... earned team’s Tiger Pride Award at season’s end in large part due to his work habits during the rehab process, and his team-first attitude ... underwent second surgery on his leg in June 2013, to accelerate the healing process ... returned to the court in September 2013 ... earned great experience as a freshman in 2013-14, playing as an undersized power forward ... valuable rebounder and athlete whose rookie season was cut short by three games after suffering an injury in the NIT opener ... earned the Determined Spirit Award at the CLEMMYs, the athletic department’s annual all-sports banquet ... had significant impact as a sophomore, leading the Tigers in scoring and rebounding ... named team’s Most Improved Player ... has 569 career points and 417 rebounds in 64 appearances (61 starts) ... made a name for himself on the AAU circuit prior to his senior year of high school ... played for Georgia Stars, the same AAU program that sent 2012 graduate Tanner Smith to Clemson ... brother, Ronald, played at Chattahoochee Technical College ... recruited by former Clemson assistant Earl Grant ... majoring in sociology ... attended Athletes in Action’s first Captains Camp over the summer with teammate Donte Grantham.

Appeared in 31 games, starting each contest at an average of 30.9 minutes played ... team’s leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, and leading rebounder at 8.2 per game ... first freshman or sophomore to lead the Tigers in both since Greg Buckner did it as the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1994-95 ... also led Tigers in field goals (144), free throws (102) ... increased scoring average from 4.9 points to 13.1 per game; his +8.2 improvement was the largest gain by a Tiger player since Will Solomon’s sophomore jump in 1999-2000 ... held ACC’s fifth-best scoring average improvement over 2013-14 ... posted eight of Clemson’s nine double-doubles, and 12 of the Tigers’ 14 double-figure rebound games ... led team with 77 offensive rebounds ... improved free throw accuracy to 70.8 percent as a sophomore ... a model of consistency, scored double figures in 25 of 31 games.

Best Games, 2014-15
Scored season-high 26 points in non-conference game against Oakland, missing just three shots total (8-10 FGs, 7-8 FTs) ... top ACC performance came in the regular season finale at top-10 Notre Dame, he posted 22 points and 10 rebounds ... made 9-12 shots against the Fighting Irish ... also played well in the home game against UND on Feb. 10; scored 17 points and grabbed season-high 14 rebounds ... tallied 19 points and nine rebounds on Feb. 28 against Georgia Tech ... made 6-9 field goals and 5-6 free throws and totaled 18 points in Jan. 10 road win over Pittsburgh ... scored 17 points in Clemson’s upset over a top-25 Arkansas team; added eight rebounds against the Razorbacks ... posted 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Robert Morris, who made the NCAA Tournament ... scored 16 points in Clemson’s win over Boston College ... tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds in win over Syracuse on Jan. 17 ... also had 15 points, nine rebounds at Louisville, an Elite Eight team ... posted 14 points and 13 rebounds against High Point ... scored 14 in Feb. 4 road win over Florida State, and 14 against the Seminoles in the ACC Tournament on March 11.

Appeared in 33 games, with 30 starts ... played 773 minutes as a redshirt freshman, 23.4 per game ... considered Clemson’s first freshman starter over the course of a season since Demontez Stitt in 2007-08 ... averaged 4.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game ... shot 39.5 percent from the field and 59.6 percent at the free throw line ... third on the team in total rebounds and offensive rebounds ... third on the team with 13 blocked shots and nine dunks ... had higher averages for points (5.3) and rebounds (5.2) during the ACC regular season ... reached double figures in the scoring column three times ... grabbed seven or more rebounds in 10 games.

Best Games, 2013-14
ACC Rookie of the Week following a 14-point, 14-rebound performance against No. 13 Duke ... fourth Tiger freshman on record to post at least 14 points and 14 rebounds in the same game, and first since Sharone Wright in 1991-92 ... made 2-5 from three-point range against the Blue Devils ... the 14 rebounds were third-most by an ACC freshman ... matched season-high with 14 against Pitt at home on 5-10 shooting ... added six rebounds in season-high tying 40 minutes of play ... posted 10 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes during crucial ACC road win over Florida State ... made pair of three-pointers in the second half to fuel Tiger comeback ... posted nine points and five rebounds at Wake Forest ... also scored nine in Charleston Classic final versus UMass on 4-6 field goals ... posted eight points in first two games, with eight rebounds in 27 minutes against Delaware State ... tallied seven points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes against Davidson ... posted seven points and four rebounds at No. 1 Syracuse ... notched seven points and six rebounds against NC State ... scored six with seven boards in 40 minutes against Maryland ... played well in the ACC Tournament, with seven points and nine rebounds in win over Georgia Tech, and six points in 30 minutes against Duke in the quarterfinals.

In 2012-13: Red-shirted due to injury.

In High School: Four-star prospect according to ESPNU...rated the nation's No. 74 senior prospect by PrepStars, No. 94 by ESPNU and No. 119 by Rivals.com...three-star prospect by Scout.com and 247sports.com...rated the ninth-best prospect in the state of Georgia by ESPNU...McDonald's All-America nominee...first-team all-state at the AAAA level as a senior when he averaged 25.8 points per game...first-team All-Metro selection according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he was also first-team all-region in 2011-12...played in the GACA All-Star Showcase as a senior, earning MVP honors for the North team...established Chattahoochee High School career records for points, rebounds and blocked shots...scored school single-game record with 42 points in season opener in 2011-12...had 33 points in Region 7-AAAA Championship game...posted 32 points and 10 rebounds in AAAA quarterfinal loss to Southwest DeKalb...second-team all-state selection as a junior when he averaged 24.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game...made a name for himself on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2011 for the loaded Georgia Stars organization...averaged team-high 15.7 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game at the prestigious Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC...MVP of the 2010 and 2011 Hooch Holiday Classic...MVP of the 2011 Turkey Shootout...first-team all-region as a junior...led Chattahoochee to a 25-5 record in 2010-11 and Sweet 16 appearance at the state tournament...played high school basketball for coach Kacey Martin...born Sept. 16, 1993.

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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