Tigers Open Men's Basketball Practice Sunday


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CLEMSON, S.C. – Men’s basketball officially gets underway Sunday with a two-hour practice, Clemson’s first in preparation for the 2014-15 season. The Tigers have been preparing for practice with individual and team workouts over the last month. The team’s annual preseason tipoff event, Rock the ‘John, is set for Friday, Oct. 10. The Tigers hold their only public exhibition against Anderson on Saturday, Nov. 8 before opening the regular season against Florida A&M on Friday, Nov. 14.

“To get everyone together at the beginning of the season brings a new level of excitement and enthusiasm,” said head coach Brad Brownell. “We’ll be detailed with how we teach and break down our offense and defense. We’ll work to develop leaders in our program and set up our competitive spirit. You learn a lot about your team in the first month leading up to the season.”

The Tigers return four starters and eight lettermen from last season’s 23-win team. Clemson advanced to postseason play for the first time since 2011 and made it to New York City for the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers jumped 122 spots in the RPI from the previous season and finished with a 10-8 record in conference play.

Rod HallRod Hall
Jr. Guard
#4 6-1, 210
Augusta, GA

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returns to anchor the Tiger team, who must replace leading scorer and rebounder K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Guard
# 6-6, 200
Birmingham, AL

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K.J. McDaniels
Jr. Forward
#32 6-6, 200
Birmingham, AL

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who declared early for the NBA. Hall averaged a career-high 9.7 points per game last season and was in the top 10 of the ACC in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. He is joined in the starting backcourt by Damarcus HarrisonDamarcus Harrison
Jr. Guard
#21 6-4, 200
Greenwood, SC

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, who averaged 7.8 points per game.

The returning starter at power forward is Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
RS Fr. Forward
#5 6-7, 215
Alpharetta, GA

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, who averaged 4.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a redshirt freshman. Manning the middle again will be Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
So. Center
#35 6-10, 245
Montverde, FL

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, the ACC’s leading returning shot-blocker.

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