Nickelberry Named One of Top 25 Basketball Recruiters
CLEMSON, SC - Men's basketball assistant coach Kevin
Nickelberry was named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters,
according to a list released by Rivals.com. Nickelberry is one of
six ACC coaches on the list.
Nickelberry, who joined the Tigers' staff after the hiring of
Oliver Purnell, has been listed among the top 20 assistant coaches in
the nation by various media services, including Basketball Times and
Hoop Scoop. He was a significant reason UNCCharlotte had top 20
recruiting classes in 2002 and 2003.
Nickelberry has helped put together an impressive initial
recruiting class for Head Coach Oliver Purnell and his staff at
Clemson this year. The Tigers have signed five players for 2004-05,
including by in-state product Sam Perry. A star at nearby Woodmont
High, Perry is a top 100 player according to Prepstars and
Clemson also landed a pair of bluechip North Carolina
recruits in Troy Mathis and James Mays. Mathis is listed as a top
100 player by Prepstars, while Mays is ranked in the top 150 of at
least three media services. Cliff Hammonds, a point guard from Cairo,
GA, and Cheyenne Moore, a wing player from South Kent, CT are also
regarded as prominent players by various services.
Frank Haith, formerly an assistant at Texas and now head
coach at new ACC member Miami(FL), was named the top recruiter in
the country by the service. Four other ACC assistants made the
list, most notably North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson, the
former Florida State head coach. Others named to the list from the
ACC included Larry Harris at N.C. State, Stan Jones at Florida State,
and Dean Keener at Georgia Tech.
On May 18, Rivalshoops.com released its final top 25 team
rankings for the 2004 basketball recruiting class. Clemson's group
of five players was listed as the #22 class in the entire country.