Basketball: Puerto Rico Tournament Notes

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Probable Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Lineup for Thursday's 4 p.m. tipoff:

F       Diego Garcia            9.0 PPG 2.6 RPG
F        Ferdinand Santiago              5.0 PPG 3.1 RPG
C        Pedro Colon             11.7 PPG        4.4 RPG
G        Luis Ramierez           17.2 PPG        4.0 APG
G        Omar Velasquez          3.4 PPG 1.0 RPG

Off the bench Williset Del Valle averages team best 17.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG

Mayaguez is 0-7. Last game was 76-67 loss to Bloomfield College on December 13. Colon had 11 blocked shots in that game and Del Valle had 25 points in 27 minutes.

* The Tigers return to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico this week for the 2007
edition of the San Juan Shootout. Clemson won the eight-team
tournament in 2005. The Tigers defeated Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Holy
Cross, and Akron on their way to the school's first eight-team
tournament title in 25 years.

* Clemson has won 24 regular season tournaments in its history,
including the four-team Cox Communications Classic last season in
Norfolk, VA.

* This year's tournament includes just five teams, including host
Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Clemson will not play La Salle, but will face
DePaul and Ole Miss in the three-day event. It will mark the first
time Clemson and DePaul have faced off on the hardwood.

* Clemson played Ole Miss last season in the second round of the NIT.
The Tigers won 89-68 behind a career-high 21-point performance from
Trevor Booker.

* Clemson is ranked 15th in both national polls this week. Clemson
is one of six schools in the nation ranked in both the latest
football and men's basketball polls.

* The Tiger program is one of only two schools in the NCAA ranked in
the top 15 in both steals per game and blocked shots per game.
Kansas, ranked #3 in the country, is the other team.

* James Mays is listed as questionable for the San Juan Shootout. He
is recovering from a hip sprain, which he suffered on November 24 in
the Gardner-Webb win. Mays averaged 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and
3.4 steals per game in the first five contests this season.

* Sam Perry is probable for the San Juan Shootout. He had played in
all 102 games of his career prior to the November 18 game against Old
Dominion. Perry had arthroscopic surgery on a knee the Friday prior
to the win over the Monarchs and has missed the past six games.

* Trevor Booker leads the ACC in rebounds per game (10.5) and has
posted at least 11 in five of his last six games. He is coming off a
career-best 17 rebounds in the win at East Carolina on December 5.

* Terrence Oglesby set a Minges Coliseum record for three-point
accuracy (.857) after hitting six of seven attempts in the win at
East Carolina. Oglesby led all scorers with 22 points.

* K.C. Rivers has reached double figures in scoring in 13 straight
games, which includes all five NIT contests from last season. He
leads the Tigers with a 15.9 point per game average and ranks
seventh in the ACC in that category.

* Cliff Hammonds moved into third place in Clemson history in made
three-point goals after hitting 3-6 in the win over East Carolina.
Hammonds now has 205 for his career, just nine shy of Will Solomon's
second-place total of 214. Terrell McIntyre is the career
record-holder at Clemson with 259 three-point goals from 1995-99.

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