Purnell to Have High School Jersey Number Retired

by -

Clemson men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell will have his jersey number 22 retired this Friday in a ceremony held at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, MD. Purnell, a 1971 graduate, will be presented a framed number 22 jersey during halftime of the school's football game at Seahawk Stadium.

Purnell led Decatur's 1970 team to a state championship in boys' basketball and went on to an outstanding collegiate career with the Old Dominion Monarchs in Norfolk, VA. Purnell totaled 1,090 points and 476 assists while leading the Monarchs to a Division II national championship in 1975.
He has been a Division I head coach for 20 seasons, including the last five at Clemson. During his time with the Tiger program, he has accumulated an overall record of 94-68. Clemson has posted a school-record 49 wins over the past two seasons under Purnell's watch. Last season, Purnell's team went 24-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years. He also coached the Tigers to the championship game of the ACC Tournament, a feat previously accomplished only once by Clemson in the 55-year history of the conference.

Rate this Story:
11 votes


Vic Beasley receives big-time endorsement deal

Marvel releases comic book cover featuring Clemson

Former All-Pro WR on Watson: "He has a great work ethic"

All In Cookout: Tigers host top prospects in signature summer recruiting event

ACC announces conference matchups for 2017-2018 basketball season

Photo Gallery II: Tigers visit White House as national champions

Streeter breaks down QB battle, says Johnson is as athletic as Watson

Clemson in Top 10 of Lindy's Preseason CFB rankings

Clemson fundraising tops record $150 million
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Daily Digest