Clemson, S.C. - Clemson head men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced on Wednesday that four players, including three from the state of North Carolina, signed with the Tiger program on the first day of the NCAA's early signing period.
Dwon Clifton, De'on Dixon, Chris Hobbs, and Tony Stockman all made their commitments to the Clemson program official on Wednesday.
"These players come from four wonderful families," stated Shyatt. "These are four young men who are very focused about working towards gaining degrees, as well as improving their basketball skills during their four years here at Clemson.
"I thought we really needed to get some experience and talent in the backcourt in particular where we had some key openings due to both graduation and losses of late," added Shyatt.
"Tony Stockman could well be one of the most creative and exciting point guards in the country and Dwon Clifton gives us size in the backcourt which we haven't had in years. What's also exciting is the fact that De'on Dixon could someday make the switch from a 6-8 athletic wing to a backcourt player. Chris Hobbs gives us an impressive strength presence inside and he comes in as probably the strongest high school prospect to ever sign at Clemson at 6-7, 250 pounds."
"Stockman is capable of playing both guard spots, but is a tremendous lead guard candidate," Shyatt said. "Clifton has tremendous athleticism and scoring guard skills, but could also someday be a lead guard. So that potential is out there for both Stockman and Clifton."
Clifton is a 6-4, 195 pound guard from High Point, NC. He has the ability to play both guard positions and is described as an excellent shooter. Clifton averaged 24 points per game as a junior at Westchester Academy and also pulled down 8.5 rebounds per game and dished out 5.0 assists per game for coach Pat Kahny. He is listed among the nation's top-100 in several publications, including PrepStars Magazine which has him 40th and Bob Gibbons who tabbed him 52nd.
Dixon is a senior at 71st High School in Fayetteville, NC, the same high school that current Tiger forward Chucky Gilmore attended. Dixon is coached by Bernie Poole and averaged 12 points per game and seven rebounds per game as a junior. The 6-8, 185-pound forward also had 3.5 assists per game and 3.5 blocks per game last season. Dixon is described as the type of player who can play four different positions on the floor.
Hobbs is a 6-7, 250-pound senior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC. As a junior, the power forward averaged 19.4 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game for coach Ray Hartsfield's club. Those numbers helped Hobbs earn the Triad 3-A Player of the Year award. He was also a first-team all-state pick by the Associated Press. Bob Gibbons rated Hobbs as the number-eight junior in the country and he has been tabbed among the top-40 in several different recruiting publications.
Stockman plays at Medina High School in Medina, OH for coach Jody Peters. Stockman is a 6-1, 165 pound guard who is described as a good shooter and ball handler. As a junior at Medina, he averaged 19 points, four assists, and two steals per game. This past summer, Stockman played at the Five Star Camp in Pittsburgh, PA.
"I am proud of our coaching staff, Scott Duncan, Darren Tillis, Matt Driscoll and Anthony Solomon. They worked hard on this class and recruited these young men with class and dignity," said Shyatt.
Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Ppg Rpg. Hometown/High School
Dwon Clifton G 6-4 195 24.0 8.5 High Point, NC/Westchester Academy
De'on Dixon F 6-8 185 12.0 7.0 Fayetteville, NC/71st High School
Chris Hobbs F 6-7 250 19.4 10.9 Chapel Hill, NC/East Chapel Hill
Tony Stockman G 6-1 165 19.0 4.0@ Medina, OH/Medina High School
Note - Stats are from junior seasons
@ - Denotes assists per game