Purnell Pleased with First Recruiting Class

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CLEMSON -- After announcing that he had signed three highly
touted high school recruits, Clemson Head Basketball Coach Oliver Purnell
seemed very pleased in the overall progress his staff has made in the program.

Speaking in a teleconference on Wednesday afternoon, Purnell announced the signing of James Mays, Sam Perry and Cheyenne Moore. Purnell emphasized the importance of upgrading the talent level of the basketball program in order to regain some of the success Clemson enjoyed during the Rick Barnes era.

"If you've heard me talk much this year, you've heard me talk about
perception. We are in the perception-changing business," Purnell said.
"Right now we are trying to change the perception of Clemson

Purnell’s first recruiting class, which is ranked as high as a top 25 group on one website, could go a long way in reversing the tendency to look at Clemson as a football school. Mays, Moore and Perry are all listed within the Top 100 players in the country, and have impressed Purnell with their positive attitudes and eagerness to contribute to rebuilding Clemson basketball.

"My hat goes off to all of them," Purnell said. "They've said they want
to be part of the dream of winning the ACC."

They will certainly get the opportunity to play the tough, physical
brand of basketball the ACC offers. Purnell expressed confidence in the overall athletic ability of all three to compete with among the best in the country. Moore, Mays, and Perry stand at 6’5” or better.

"Moore (6’6”, 190lb) is just very athletic," Purnell said of the forward from Colora, Md. “We look at him primarily at two, but he has played some one
also. With his size, he obviously could eventually play the three as well,
as he is a very versatile player.”

Mays, (6’9”, 215 lb) from Garner, N.C., is a more prototypical power forward.

“Mays is a very long athlete who can get up and down the floor and is very
mobile. He’s quicker than most power forwards, and longer and taller than
most smaller forwards,” Purnell said.

He went on to praise the
versatility of the third young man of the prized group, Perry, saying that
although only 6’5’, he is “certainly strong enough to play the four spot if
Perry led the Woodmont Wildcats to a 24-3 record and the semifinals of the South Carolina Class 2A state tournament a year ago, while averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Purnell expressing excitement over the progress being made in in-state
recruiting, voiced an "inside out" approach to recruiting as the future of his program. Purnell reiterated that the Tigers must be a "player" in-state for them to gain respectability.

"Overall, I'm really pleased with our class,” said Purnell. He still has the option of adding up to 2 additional players to this class by season’s end.

The Tiger faithful, hoping for a return to competitiveness, is pinning its hopes that Purnell’s newest additions and competitive attitude will begin to lead to progress in the Clemson basketball program. Only time will tell just how big these recruiting victories are, and if they will translate into victories on the court.

Oliver Purnell Quotes On The 2004-05 Recruiting Class

"I am really pleased with our recruiting class and this group
of young men. Last spring when we took the job, we had the
opportunity to bring in two players, but with only one scholarship
for the next year we felt like we would be mortgaging our future. It
was our goal at that time to save those two scholarships so that we
could have a very strong recruiting class with some of the top
prospects in the country for the upcoming (2004-05) season. I think
we have accomplished that with these young men and my hat goes off to
all of them because they really have stepped out there and said they
wanted to be a part of a building program. They want to be part of a
dream to winning the ACC. A lot of people can talk about that but
these guys really stepped out there and signed on the dotted line.
All of these young men come from winning programs, which I think is
very important as they understand what it takes to win. They
understand team and they understand success. I think that is going
to be very helpful to our program as well."

On Cheyenne Moore

"Cheyenne was the first of these young men to commit and my hat goes
off to him. He certainly has stepped out there with a leap of faith
not only in that we would do good things at Clemson, but also that we
would sign some other good young players to go along with him. He is
6-6 and very athletic. He can do a lot of things on the floor with
his length and size. Cheyenne has a chance to be a very, very fine
player. We look at him primarily at two, but he has played some one
also. With his size, he obviously could eventually play the three as
well, as he is a very versatile player."

On Sam Perry

"Sam is a local player that our staff caught a glimpse of toward the
end of the summer period and really liked what they saw. We started
recruiting him with the idea of when I got back from the Olympics I
would have an opportunity to see him. If we decided we liked him, he
was a young man that we were going to offer because once again, he
was that model player that we are looking for right now - long and
athletic. He is about 6-6 and athletic. We are looking at Sam as a
three-man. He would certainly be big and strong from that position
and he did play some four this summer. Sam is a local player, and I
certainly did not want to make a mistake (miising out) on a local
player, because as I stated back in the spring, we want to recruit
inside out. We want to look at the top prospects in South Carolina,
North Carolina and Georgia and branch out from there. Sam fits the
mold we are looking for and I think he has a chance to be a
tremendous player."

On James Mays

"James is a running, big post-type power forward. Once again, he is
a very long athlete who can get up and down the floor and is very
mobile. He has an opportunity to be an outstanding player because I
think he will be a tough matchup. James will be quicker than most
power forwards, and is longer and taller than a lot of quick
forwards. He had a tremendous high school career and played very
well in the spring of the year."


By: Staff Report

CLEMSON, SC-Three players, Adrianne Bradshaw, D'Lesha Lloyd, and Tasha Taylor have all signed national letters of intent to play women's basketball at Clemson University as announced by Lady Tiger Basketball Coach Jim Davis.
Bradshaw, a native of Greensboro, NC attends High Point Central High School. She averaged 15 ppg. and 11 rpg. her junior season. She is a 6-4 center and is ranked 83rd nationally by the All-Star Report and 91st by womenscollegehoops.com.

Lloyd a 6-0 guard/forward is a native of Columbia, SC. She attends Lower Richland High School. She averaged 22 ppg., 10 rpg., and six apg. She was named all-area, all-region and all-state. She is ranked 129th nationally by the All-Star Report, and 77th by womenscollegehoops.com.

Tasha Taylor is a 5-9 guard from Columbus, GA. She attends Carver High School. She is ranked 92nd by the All-Star Report and 90th by womenscollegehoops.com. She averaged more than 17 points, five steals and eight assists per game her junior season.

"We are very excited about our recruiting class," said Davis. "Bradshaw is a 6'4" post player who runs the floor well and is a good student of the game. She has good hands and can score. Her best basketball is in front of her.
"Tasha Taylor is a great point guard. She has exceptional quickness and an explosive first step. She is a tremendous athlete and has great leadership ability. She is a prototype Clemson University point guard.

"Lloyd is a complete player. She is a big strong 6'0" guard/forward who can post up and shoots well off the dribble from mid range and can step out and hit the three.
"We look forward to having these young ladies join our program," said Davis. "Our coaches have done an exceptional job in signing what we think is a very good recruiting class. We expect each of these young ladies to have a tremendous impact on our program."

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