Clemson basketball players react to abrupt season end
|Thursday, March 12, 2020, 8:18 PM-|
Clemson's season ended along with the entirety of the NCAA's spring and winter sports on Thursday due to growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Tigers were set to take on 1-seed Florida State at 12:30 p.m. in Greensboro before the tournament came to a halt only 15 minutes before. The NCAA later announced that the spring and winter sports championships were canceled.
Brad Brownell's Tigers moved over .500 with a 69-64 win over Miami in a season that featured three top-6 wins. Clemson finished 72nd in the KenPom ratings after a ninth-place finish in-conference.
The players took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the season and the abrupt end to it, as well as thank yous and goodbyes:
Never in a million years did I think stepping on Clemson’s campus almost three years ago that I would do something like this! To GOD be the glory ?? my teammates deserve the most credit! Thank you tiger fans for supporting us this entire year ???? https://t.co/dkxghzStHh— Aamir Simms (@EarlShmitty_) March 12, 2020
With love, always. pic.twitter.com/kYplWWW9ax— Curran J. Scott (@Curran_Scott10) March 12, 2020
From Scott's message:
"With everything going on with the virus, it's unsure what the future will hold or if I will ever be able to wear a Clemson jersey again or play in college. With that being said, I'm going to do something that I don't normally do. When I chose to come to Clemson last May(,) I was unsure of what to expect and what type of relationships I would build, but my brothers made this the most fun year and best time. From the incredible highs and the lows to everything that we have done(,) will never be taken from us. From film, to walk-throughs...I wouldn't have traded this group for the world, these are my brothers through and through and I love each and every single one. My college career has been a roller coaster ride that has taken me every way imaginable but I'm glad I was able to go out on a high note. I want to (thank) the fans and the students for always packing Littlejohn and making it fun as well. I have been a lot of things but I will always be a Tiger and I will cherish the relationships that I have because of this experience. 10 out."
Dissapointed in the end to this season, but I appreciate all the genuine support from everyone through all our EXTREME HIGHS and even the lows. Developed relationships and had experiences with my brothers that I will never forget! I appreciate you all ??????? pic.twitter.com/khpEoNF6jy— John Newman III™ (@_JayRock15) March 12, 2020
ACC really gotta run it back in the Boro next year again, Corona won’t playing fair— John Newman III™ (@_JayRock15) March 12, 2020
Thank you for the love it’s appreciated ?? https://t.co/y1Ee0QKlbr— tevin mack (@1tmack3) March 12, 2020
Thank you Clemson, the memories we made this year will be something to talk about for a lifetime. I’m appreciative of all the genuine support throughout this season and my entire college career! Sad way to end the season but I’m excited for what the future holds for me!— tevin mack (@1tmack3) March 13, 2020
Mack out pic.twitter.com/9xN3Pt5ZVg