Clemson Basketball Teams on Display Saturday
Dwon Clifton started 17 games for Larry Shyatt's Clemson basketball team as a freshman.
Clemson, SC-The Clemson men's basketball team will hold a scrimmage
that will be open to the public Saturday morning, October 20 at
Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers will scrimmage from 10:30 AM until
11:15 AM on Saturday morning. Fans will be able to watch the
scrimmage then go across the street to Memorial Stadium to witness
the Clemson vs. North Carolina football game.
Following the football game, Jim Davis's women's basketball
team will hold an open practice. It is slated to begin at 4:00 PM.
The first exhibition game for Larry Shyatt's men's team is
slated for October 31 at 7:00 PM against Nike-Marathon Oil. The Lady
Tigers will hold their first exhibition game on November 8 against a
team from Russia.
Season tickets for both the Clemson men and Lady Tigers are
available by calling 1-800-CLEMSON.
Dan Scott: Clemson Basketball Capsule
Larry Shyatt (fifth year overall, fourth year at Clemson)
42-54 at Clemson
12-19 overall, 2-14 Atlantic Coast Conference
Five recruits comprising a class which college basketball experts around the country routinely ranked in Top 15-20: Center Steve Allen (6-foot-10, 235 pounds), forward Olu Babalola (6-6, 245), guard Chey Christie (6-4, 170), forward Sharrod Ford (6-9, 210) and forward Jemere Hendrix (6-8, 215).
Captain and point guard Ed Scott; All-ACC Rookies Tony Stockman (guard) and Chris Hobbs (forward); forwards Ray Henderson and Tomas Nagys, and guard/forward Jamar McKnight.
THEY'RE OUTTA HERE
Will Solomon, who took his 19 points per game to the NBA a year early; transfers Dustin Braddick, Pasha Bains and Chucky Gilmore; unfortunately, probably sophomore Dwon Clifton, who has been diagnosed with a heart abnormality.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Scott, to see how he handles the captain responsibilities; Stockman, to see if the youthful exuberance of a year ago has combined with good offseason work habits; Christie, to see if he can handle the sudden scoring load he'll be expected to carry; All of the interior players, but especially Henderson, the injury-prone forward who reports to practice 28 pounds lighter than a year ago.
Clifton's loss may hurt more than any of the others, even Solomon. But Clemson has a wealth of young, exciting talent the likes of which hasn't been seen on campus in several years. Growing pains will be many, but expect an exciting, up-tempo team which gets its scoring from several different spots on the floor, not just from the off guard. By the end of the season, could be a better team than either of the past two years. How that translates into wins and losses in the ACC remains to be seen.