Final 2009-10 Clemson Basketball Notes
2009-10 Men's Basketball
21-9, 9-7 ACC, 0-1 ACC T, 0-1 NCAA
11/06 Fri Francis Marion (Exh) 99-51 W 11/13 Fri Presbyterian 84-41 W 11/17 Tue @Liberty 79-39 W 11/20 Fri @UNC G. 89-67 W 11/23 Mon Winthrop 102-66W 11/26 Thu Texas A&M# 79-70 L 11/27 Fri Long Beach St. 87-79 W 11/29 Sun Butler 70-69 W 12/02 Wed Illinois 76-74 L 12/06 Sun USC 72-61 W 12/13 Sun Furman 82-53 W 12/16 Wed @ECU 80-63 W 12/19 Sat Col. of Char. 94-55 W 12/22 Tue W. Carolina 79-57 W 12/29 Tue SC State 70-67 W 01/03 Sun @Duke 74-53 L 01/09 Sat Boston Col. 72-56 W 01/13 Wed UNC 83-64 W 01/16 Sat @NC State 73-70 W 01/19 Tue @Ga. Tech 66-64 L 01/23 Sat Duke 60-47 L 01/26 Tue @Boston Col. 75-69 L 01/31 Sun Maryland 62-53 W 02/06 Sat @Va. Tech 70-59 L 02/10 Wed FSU 77-67 W 02/13 Sat Miami 74-66 W 02/20 Sat Virginia 72-49 W 02/24 Wed @Maryland 88-79 L 02/28 Sun @FSU 53-50 W 03/02 Tue Ga. Tech 91-80 W 03/07 Sun @Wake 70-65 L
03/11 Thu NC State 59-57 L
03/19 Fri Missouri 86-78 L
#-76 Classic R O S T E R #3 G Zavier Anderson 5-9 160 #10 C Catalin Baciu 7-2 245 #4 F Jonah Baize 6-6 205 #31 F/C Devin Booker 6-8 235 #35 F Trevor Booker 6-7 240 #45 F/C Jerai Grant 6-8 220 #32 G Donte Hill 6-4 200 #24 F Milton Jennings 6-9 225 #1 G Noel Johnson 6-6 190 #21 F Bryan Narcisse 6-6 205 #55 C Karolis Petrukonis 6-11 260 #15 F David Potter 6-6 215 #5 G Tanner Smith 6-5 220 #2 G Demontez Stitt 6-2 175 #11 G Andre Young 5-9 170
Clemson finished the season with a 21-11 record, its fourth consecutive 20-win season. It is the first time Clemson has had four consecutive 20-win seasons in its history.
The 2009-10 season marked just the 11th 20-win season in Clemson history.
Clemson's senior class of Trevor Booker and David Potter finishes with 93 wins, a Clemson record for a four-year class. That included 35 regular season ACC wins, also a school record for a senior class. The 93 victories are topped only by North Carolina and Duke among ACC schools for the last four years.
The seniors finish with a record of 93-41 for the four years, a .694 winning percentage. That is also the school record for the best winning percentage by a senior class. The seniors of 1979-80 had a 79-37 record for a .681 winning percentage and that was the previous best.
Clemson reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, just the second time Clemson has had three straight years in the tournament. The only other era was the 1996-98 era under Rick Barnes.
Clemson was one of 21 schools to play in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years. Clemson and Duke are the only ACC teams to play in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments.
Clemson reached the NCAA Tournament this year even though it had just two returning starters from last year. The 2009-10 Clemson team is the first in school history to reach the NCAA Tournament in a year it had just two returning starters. Since Clemson joined the ACC in 1953-54, Clemson had a 44 percent winning percentage (entering this year) in years it had just two returning starters.
Clemson finished the ACC regular season with a 9-7 record, the program's third straight winning season in ACC play. This is the first time in Clemson basketball history that the program has had three consecutive winning seasons in ACC play.
Clemson finished the year with six wins over teams in the NCAA Tournament, tied for the third most in Clemson history, and five over RPI top 50 teams. Clemson had a #34 RPI rating entering the NCAA Tournament, including a #24 schedule rating.
Clemson posted a 7-1 record in home ACC games, tied for the best mark in that category since the ACC went to a 16-game schedule in 1991-92. The only ACC team to win at Clemson this year was ACC champion Duke. Clemson was also 7-1 in 2007-08. Clemson was 7-0 in league home games in 1979-80 and 1989-90.
Clemson set a school mark for three-point field goal percentage defense this year. The Tigers allowed just .294 shooting from long range this year.
Clemson finished the season with 301 steals in 32 games and will finish in the top 15 in the nation in that category for the sixth straight year.
The 2009-10 season included the appearance of ESPN College Gameday at Clemson, the first appearance for the program at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson became just the 16th school to have ESPN Gameday on its campus for both football and basketball.
Head Coach Oliver Purnell
Oliver Purnell established a Clemson career coaching record for ACC road wins when the Tigers won at NC State in January. He now has 16, including the Feb. win at Florida State.
Purnell moved into first place in Clemson history in career winning percentage in overall games (.611) and in ACC games (.434). He enters the 2010-11 season with 138 wins as Clemson head coach, third highest total in school history. Cliff Ellis, who coached at Clemson for 10 years, had 177. Purnell has averaged 19.7 wins per year at Clemson, including 21.3 wins per year over the last six seasons.
Clemson has now gone to postseason play six consecutive years, tied for the longest streak in Clemson history. All six appearances have taken place under Head Coach Oliver Purnell. Clemson also went to six straight postseason tournaments under Cliff Ellis from 1985-90.
When Clemson defeated North Carolina and Roy Williams in January it gave Purnell four wins over Hall of Fame Head Coaches in the last four years. He has two wins over Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, one of Williams and one of Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim in the last four seasons.
Trevor Booker was named first-team All-ACC in 2009-10, just the third first-team All-ACC player for the Clemson program in the last 20 years and the first post player in 20 years to make the first team. Booker also made first-team All-ACC Defense and was the only ACC player to make both teams this year.
Booker finished his career with 1,725 career points and 1,060 career rebounds. He finishes fifth in Clemson history in scoring and third in rebounding. He is one of just eight ACC players (historically) in the top five of both categories at his respective ACC school.
Booker finishes his career with 1725 points, 1060 rebounds, 249 blocked shots, 224 assists and 144 steals. He is the only player in ACC history with 1500 points, 1000 rebounds, 200 blocks and 100 steals.
Booker started all 134 games of his Clemson career. He finished his career with more starts and consecutive starts than any player in Clemson history and tied the record for total games played with 134.
Booker is one of the most consistent players in Clemson history. He scored exactly 374 points in each of his first two years, then scored 491 as a junior in 32 games and 486 in 32 games as a senior.
Booker finished his career in the top 10 in Clemson history in 11 different categories. He is fifth in scoring (1,725), third in rebounding (1,060), fourth in blocked shots (249), fourth in double figure scoring games (94), fifth in double-doubles (32), ninth in field goal percentage (.559), eighth in playing time (3808), second in field goals (687), first in games started (134), tied for first in games played (134) and 10th in steals (144).
From an ACC standpoint, Booker finished his career 13th in league history in blocked shots (249) and 22nd in career rebounding (1060). He moved ahead of former Maryland player Len Elmore on the all-time ACC list in his final game when he had 11 against Missouri. Ironically, Elmore was the color commentator for CBS for that NCAA Tournament game.
Demontez Stitt concluded the season with an 11.4 average, second to Booker's 15.2. Stitt improved his three-point shooting percentage from .273 as a sophomore to .393 as a junior. He scored a career high tying 21 points against Missouri, thanks to 4-5 three-point shooting, in the NCAA Tournament. He also improved his free throw percentage from .673 as a sophomore to .783 as a junior.
Tanner Smith and Andre Young were both chosen first-team Academic All-ACC. Smith also made the CoSIDA All-District team.
Andre Young came off the bench this year, but still ranked fifth in the ACC in steals. He finished the season with 54 to lead the Clemson team. He had seven against Maryland in Clemson's victory over the Terps on Jan. 31 to tie a Clemson single game record, and that was the most steals in a game by an ACC player in 2009-10.
Young got those steals without fouling. He finished the year with 54 steals and just 45 fouls. For his career he has 85 steals and just 79 fouls.
Stitt and Young will both return next season and they are the co-holders of the Clemson career record for total three-point goals in NCAA Tournament games. Stitt is 8-10 from long distance in NCAA games for his career and Young is 8-13. Young made 5-8 against Missouri and Stitt made 4-5.