Brownell hopeful Mitchell can play this weekend


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Brownell is hopeful Shelton Mitchell can play Saturday
Brownell is hopeful Shelton Mitchell can play Saturday

CLEMSON - Clemson head coach Brad Brownell told the media Friday that point guard Shelton Mitchell has a chance to play this Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Mitchell, Clemson's fourth-leading scorer, and top assist man took an elbow to the head against Florida State on Valentine's Day and immediately went into concussion protocol.

He was unavailable in Clemson’ loss to Duke last Sunday and for Clemson's loss at Virginia Tech Wednesday. Clemson has lost three in a row and is in danger of not finishing in the top four in the ACC standings. The top four teams in the regular season standings each receive a two-day bye in the ACC Tournament, which is being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this year.

"Regarding Shelton, I am hopeful he will be able to practice today and be able to practice well and respond to practice and feel ok and play," Brownell said during a press conference Friday. "He did a little yesterday and seemed fine, but there was not a lot of contact. Today will really be his first full hard practice, and hopefully, that will be good news for tomorrow."

Mitchell, who has a team-high 96 assists for the year and averages almost four per game, had started all 25 of Clemson’s games before the injury and is averaging 11.8 points per contest.

Clemson (20-7, 9-6) hosts Georgia Tech this Saturday at 3 p.m.

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