Clemson adds five signees to men's basketball program
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s basketball program announced the addition of five prospects to national letters-of-intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Head Coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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“Our coaching staff is very excited about the competitive attitude and history of success of the players in this recruiting class,” Brownell said. “These young men come from very successful high school programs and play for some of the best coaches in their respective states. Coupled with our first recruiting class, we believe we have laid a strong foundation for the continued success of Clemson basketball.”
Blossomgame is rated among the top prospects in the country by several recruiting services. He is the nation’s No. 74 prospect by PrepStars, No. 90 according to ESPNU, and No. 119 by Rivals.com. He is a four-star prospect according to ESPNU and Rivals.com. Blossomgame was a standout on the AAU circuit last summer, where he averaged a team-high 15.7 points per game for a talented Georgia Stars team at the Peach Jam. He was a second-team all-state selection at the AAAA level in 2010-11 after averaging 24.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for Chattahoochee High School.
“Jaron is an athletic wing with three-point range who should excel in our motion offense,” Brownell said. “He has the physical tools to compete right away on both ends of the floor, as well as rebound and make plays around the rim. Jaron has a true passion for the game, which was evident this summer when playing for a high-level AAU team. He was consistently the team’s most dependable performer.”
Filer is rated as high as No. 117 in the Rivals.com list of the nation’s top 150 prospects. He is the No. 24 point guard prospect by Rivals and No. 28 at his position, according to Scout.com. Last season, he led Bishop Noll Prep Academy (IN) to a 26-1 record and state runner-up finish after averaging 16 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Filer will spend a year at Notre Dame Prep School in Fitchburg, MA before enrolling at Clemson next summer.
“Adonis is a competitive young man who always wants to win,” Brownell said. “He is a physical guard who will be able to defend different positions and break down defenses and finish in the lane with his size and speed. He has an outgoing personality, and with that we think he will be a very good leader in our program for the future.”
Nnoko (pronounced NOH-koh) originally hails from Yaounde, Cameroon, but moved to the United States and played for Montverde Academy in Florida last season as a high school junior. He is a three-star prospect according to the national recruiting services and is rated as high as the nation’s No. 19 center by ESPNU. Nnoko played AAU basketball with the Florida Rams this summer.
“Landry is a big, strong post player who has made tremendous strides in his short time playing basketball,” Brownell said. “He possesses all the physical tools necessary to be a good post player in this league. He also has a nice jump hook around the basket, and can step out to 15 feet and make a jumpshot. He has the competitive nature to defend and rebound his position. Our staff truly appreciates the sacrifice he has made to make basketball a priority in his life. We believe he will have a very successful future at Clemson.”
Roper is regarded as one of the top players in the state of South Carolina, and the nation’s No. 84 prospect according to PrepStars. Last season, he led Irmo High School to a 27-3 overall record and AAAA state championship. He averaged 20.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a junior. He was the AAAA Player-of-the-Year at both the state and regional level. He was also named the AAAA Midlands Player-of-the-Year by The State and named All-Tournament at both the Chick-fil-A Classic and Upward Holiday Classic. Roper enters his senior season at Irmo with 1,219 career points.
“Jordan is clearly one of the best players in South Carolina after leading his team to a state championship last season,” Brownell said. “He is an explosive guard that can really score from different areas on the court. Our staff is excited about adding a great player from the state, and specifically from Coach Whipple’s program at Irmo High School.”
Smith will add size to the Tiger frontcourt with his 6-foot-8 frame. He averaged 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season and shot 58 percent from the field in leading Olympic High School to a 28-2 record and state sectional championship. Smith was a MEGA 7 all-conference selection and also earned MVP honors at the North Carolina/South Carolina Battle of the Classes (class of 2012).
“Josh is a strong, physical post player who will provide us with a good inside presence,” Brownell said. “Our staff loves the fact that he is the kind of guy who embraces contact. He is a very good passer with an excellent feel for the game, and can shoot the ball well out to 15 feet. He comes from a very successful program in Charlotte and his Olympic High School team should have a good chance to win the state championship this season.”
2011-12 Clemson Basketball Signee Bios
F • 6-7 • 200
Chattahoochee High School
Four-star prospect according to ESPNU and Rivals.com...rated the nation’s No.
74 senior prospect by PrepStars, No. 90 by ESPNU and No. 119 by Rivals.com...
three-star prospect by Scout.com and 247sports.com...rated the ninth-best
prospect in the state of Georgia by ESPNU...second-team all-state selection as a
junior when he averaged 24.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game...made a name
for himself on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2011 for the loaded Georgia Stars
organization...averaged team-high 15.7 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per
game at the prestigious Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC...MVP of the 2010 and
2011 Hooch Holiday Classic...MVP of the 2011 Turkey Shootout...first-team allregion as a junior...led Chattahoochee to a 25-5 record in 2010-11 and Sweet 16
appearance at the state tournament...brother, Ronald, is a sophomore forward
at Chattahoochee Technical College...recruited by Clemson assistant Earl Grant...
played high school basketball for coach Kacey Martin...born Sept. 16, 1993.
G • 6-2 • 175
Notre Dame Preparatory School (MA)
Three-star prospect according to most national recruiting services...rated as high
as the nation’s No. 117 prospect by Rivals.com...rated the No. 24 point guard in
the nation by Rivals.com and No. 28 at his position by Scout.com...played at two
different high schools in Indiana, prior to enrolling at Notre Dame Prep for 2011-
12...averaged 14.2 points and 4.5 assists per game as a junior for Mount Carmel
High School in Illinois...was a Chicago Catholic League first-team selection...
averaged 16 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Bishop Noll Academy
in Hammond, IN...led Bishop Noll to 26-1 overall record, with only loss coming in
the state championship game...enrolled at Notre Dame Prep this fall, the same
school that has produced multiple NBA players, including former college Playerof-the-Year Michael Beasley...brother, Steve, is a senior reserve linebacker at
the University of Notre Dame...plays for coach Ryan Hurd at Notre Dame Prep...
recruited by Clemson Associate Head Coach Rick Ray...also considered Oregon,
Purdue, Tennessee and Utah...born July 11, 1993.
C • 6-11 • 220
Montverde Academy (FL)
Three-star prospect according to most national recruiting services...rated as high
as the nation’s No. 19 prospect at the center position by ESPNU...No. 24 at his
position according to Scout.com...has played organized basketball for just over two
years, he was a soccer player in his home country...cousin of current Milwaukee
Bucks player and former UCLA standout Luc Richard Mbah a Moute...coached by
Kevin Boyle at Montverde...recruited by Clemson Associate Head Coach Rick Ray...
also considered Florida State, George Washington and South Florida...born Apr.
G • 6-0 • 165
Irmo High School
Rated the nation’s No. 84 senior prospect by PrepStars...three-star prospect
according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com...led Irmo to a 27-3 overall record and
AAAA state championship as a junior in 2010-11...AAAA Player-of-the-Year at the
state and regional level...averaged 20.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3
steals per game as a junior...hit 77 percent of his free throw attempts...Midlands
AAAA Player-of-the-Year according to The State...all-region selection...named to
All-Tournament Team at both the Chick-fil-A Classic and Upward Holiday Classic...
MVP of the Highlander Holiday Classic as a sophomore in 2009-10...Midlands
AAAA All-Area as a sophomore according to The State...two-time recipient of
team’s Academic Excellence Award...heads into senior season with career totals
of 1,219 points, 266 rebounds, 258 assists and 178 steals...plays high school
basketball for coach Tim Whipple...recruited by Clemson assistant Earl Grant...also
considered VCU...born Nov. 2, 1993.
F • 6-8 • 250
Olympic High School
One of two post players to sign with the Tiger in the early period...MEGA 7 allconference selection in 2010-11 after averaging 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds
per game...shot 58 percent from the field...second-team all-district as a junior...
invited to the Reebok Breakout Underclass Camp in July of 2010...MVP for the
class of 2012 in the North Carolina vs. South Carolina Battle of the Classes...led
Olympic High School to 28-2 overall record, a conference crown, and a state
sectional championship as a junior...led school to a 19-8 record and conference
championship as a sophomore...comes from an athletic family, his parents both
played basketball for Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC...sister, Shameka,
played basketball at Gardner-Webb and scored over 1,000 points in her career
from 2002-07 with the Bulldogs...plays high school basketball for coach Ty
Baumgardner...recruited by Clemson assistant Earl Grant...also considered East
Carolina and Appalachian State...born Jan. 6, 1994.