Clemson commit will forgo his senior season


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Clemson commit will forgo his senior season

Clemson basketball commit A.J. Oliver announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season at Daniel High School and enroll at Clemson in January.

The Clemson basketball staff discussed the option earlier this year with Oliver, who will now be considered a member of the 2016 recruiting class and will redshirt this season.

"We talked about it earlier in the summer, and they thought it would be a pretty good idea," Oliver said. "My father and I also agreed. They are pretty much on board with it, and I know they will be ecstatic for me."

Oliver, the son of Clemson women's basketball coach Audra Smith, said he was ready for his next challenge.

"My dad and my mom and I, we weren't tired of playing high school basketball, but we wanted something more," said Oliver. "I feel like this will be the best opportunity for me to kind of get ready for the ACC and see what it is like to be on the road with the guys and to be in college and to actually work with better players. The prep school scene wasn't really for me, so I decided to enroll early."

Oliver said he hopes the extra time in school and learning the system will pay off in the long run.

"That's the main focus behind the decision," Oliver said. "Just getting in and getting to know the system early so I would be prepared for when I come in for my actual freshman year in August."

Being the kind of practice player that makes his teammates better is what Oliver plans on doing in his redshirt year.

"Hopefully, I can come in and contribute as much as I can towards the end and middle of their season," Oliver said.

His junior season, Oliver averaged 21.3 points, four rebounds and 1.2 steals a game. He shot 85% from the free throw line and close to 50% from behind the arc.



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Cletiger10
spacer maybe Dabo is rubbing off on brownell***
lovingit®
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Surf Cat®
spacer Lol...really?*******
Carlsbad®
spacer Don't think his HS coach is lovin' it right now
coachmac
spacer Re: Don't think his HS coach is lovin' it right now
twentytwofifteen
spacer Nobody's taking his spot away
PenthouseTiger
spacer You don't see the benefit to it?
striperfan
spacer Nope---
coachmac
spacer Re: Nope---
Clemalum07®
spacer He will catch up faster in all of those areas at Clemson
TigersAndCubs
spacer You should consider reading the article before commenting.
Noodle
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CU_Kobe_24®
spacer He's not playing until next year, same as if he'd
striperfan
spacer Absolutely! I totally agree.
Judge Keller
spacer you must be his HS coach***
talltater
spacer Maybe HS Coach has taught all he can and kid ready to learn.***
JParris®
spacer Re: Don't think his HS coach is lovin' it right now
Clemalum07®
spacer Coming in early just to redshirt? Very committed man here***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
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ZeeGantt®
spacer So now we're not requiring high school diplomas?
espnfan8123®
spacer Come on ... are you serious?
apextiger®
spacer Re: So now we're not requiring high school diplomas?
Clemalum07®
spacer The "idiot chicken fan" is a Clemson student.***
espnfan8123®
spacer Re: The "idiot chicken fan" is a Clemson student.***
cutiger250
spacer Intersting that the mods zapped half of this thread but
Noodle
spacer True. Nothing wrong with being passionate.
espnfan8123®
spacer Re: True. Nothing wrong with being passionate.
CU_Kobe_24®
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