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Men's Basketball Team Signs Three Top-100 Players


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CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson men's basketball team has added three
top-100 signees to its 2004-05 roster. James Mays, Cheyenne Moore
and Sam Perry, all top-100 ranked forwards, comprise Oliver Purnell's
first recruiting class. Purnell announced the three newcomers on
Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period.


Mays, a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Garner, NC, enters his final high
school season as the #85 player by Insidershoops.com, the #95 player
by PrepStars and #94 by Rivalshoops.com. He is also listed as the
#27 power forward in the Rivals150. Mays averaged just under 20
points per game, 12 rebounds, three blocks and 3.5 assists per game
for Garner High School in 2002-03.


Moore enters his senior season as the #87 player as rated by
Insidershoops.com, and is listed at #99 by PrepStars. He also ranks
as the #12 prep (fifth-year) player by HoopScoop, and is the #13
small forward by Insidershoops.com. The 6-6, 190-pound small forward
has also played point guard during his high school career. In
2002-03, Moore averaged 14.5 points per game, playing both the point
and the wing positions at West Nottingham High School (Colora, MD).
He will play his senior season at South Kent Prep in South Kent, CT.


A forward from Piedmont, SC, Perry is ranked #68 by PrepStars, and is
regarded as the second-most highly ranked recruit in South Carolina.
Perry caught the eye of basketball analysts in July, after an
impressive AAU National Tournament in which he faced some of the top
forwards in the nation. The 6-5, 190-pound Perry plays high school
basketball at Woodmont High School, and helped the Wildcats to a 24-3
record and the semifinals of the South Carolina Class 2A state
tournament a year ago. He averaged 17.2 points, 12 rebounds and two
blocks per game during the 2002-03 season.


The Tigers' 2004-05 class is ranked among the top 40 by three
services, including 25th by Insidershoops.com.


4/11/2004 - Men's Basketball Signs Two More Student-Athletes For 2004-05


CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell announced the addition of two more student-athletes to the 2004-05 Tiger team. Cliff Hammonds and Troy Mathis signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to continue their academic and athletic careers at Clemson. Hammonds and Mathis will join James Mays, Cheyenne Moore and Sam Perry in Purnell's first signing class.
Mathis, a 6-foot, 200-pound point guard from Raleigh, NC, is rated as the #24 point guard in the nation by TheInsiders.com. As a senior, Mathis averaged 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game. In 2003, Mathis set a state record by officially scoring 73 points with nine assists and 11 steals for Laurinburg Charter Prep against Crossnore Academy. Mathis also played for Raleigh's Finest, an AAU team that has featured players such as Florida State's Anthony Richardson and Louisiana State's Regis Koundjia.


"Troy is a natural point guard that has been called upon to score in the last couple of years and he has proven he can do that," said Purnell. "He has shown a penchant for playing defense and that is a trait that will be important and enable him to contribute to our program in the near future. I believe that he will be a fine ACC player."


Hammonds, the #21 point guard in the nation by TheInsiders.com, averaged 22 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4.5 steals per game during his senior season. The 6-foot-three, 175-pound point guard from Cairo, GA, helped lead the Cairo High School team to the final four of the state championships. Hammonds was named the 4A state Player of the Year and was first-team all-state. He was also named to the 1-AAAA GHSA Region team and played on the Atlanta Prep Stars AAU team.


"Cliff brings the total package to college basketball," said Purnell. "He is a tremendous all-around athlete, having competed in football, basketball and track in high school. He is also a tremendous student. Now that he will be concentrating on basketball, he has the potential to be an outstanding guard at both positions. Cliff will also bring a mental toughness to the program."

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