Men's Basketball Signs Two More Student-Athletes For 2004-05


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CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell
announced the addition of two more student-athletes to the 2004-05
Tiger team. Cliff Hammonds and Troy Mathis signed National Letters
of Intent on Wednesday to continue their academic and athletic
careers at Clemson. Hammonds and Mathis will join James Mays,
Cheyenne Moore and Sam Perry in Purnell's first signing class.


Mathis, a 6-foot, 200-pound point guard from Raleigh, NC, is rated as
the #24 point guard in the nation by TheInsiders.com. As a senior,
Mathis averaged 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and three
steals per game. In 2003, Mathis set a state record by officially
scoring 73 points with nine assists and 11 steals for Laurinburg
Charter Prep against Crossnore Academy. Mathis also played for
Raleigh's Finest, an AAU team that has featured players such as
Florida State's Anthony Richardson and Louisiana State's Regis
Koundjia.



"Troy is a natural point guard that has been called upon to score in
the last couple of years and he has proven he can do that," said
Purnell. "He has shown a penchant for playing defense and that is a
trait that will be important and enable him to contribute to our
program in the near future. I believe that he will be a fine ACC
player."


Hammonds, the #21 point guard in the nation by TheInsiders.com,
averaged 22 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4.5 steals per game
during his senior season. The 6-foot-three, 175-pound point guard
from Cairo, GA, helped lead the Cairo High School team to the final
four of the state championships. Hammonds was named the 4A state
Player of the Year and was first-team all-state. He was also named
to the 1-AAAA GHSA Region team and played on the Atlanta Prep Stars
AAU team.


"Cliff brings the total package to college basketball," said Purnell.
"He is a tremendous all-around athlete, having competed in football,
basketball and track in high school. He is also a tremendous
student. Now that he will be concentrating on basketball, he has the
potential to be an outstanding guard at both positions. Cliff will
also bring a mental toughness to the program."

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