Clemson opens season Wednesday against Mississippi State


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 (Photo: Rob Kinnan / USATODAY)
(Photo: Rob Kinnan / USATODAY)

Clemson men's basketball opens its season on Wednesday in Melbourne, Florida against Mississippi State.

SETTING THE SCENE BETWEEN THE TIGERS AND BULLDOGS

• The Clemson Tigers open their season at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday against Mississippi State in the 2020 Space Coast Challenge. Previously the Cancun Challenge, the Space Coast Challenge is hosted by Eastern Florida State College in Titan Field House.

• The contest will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan and Bob Wenzel calling the action, while Don Munson and Tim Bourret will call the action on the radio waves. The radio call will be available on the Clemson Tigers Network and Tunein.com.

CLEMSON ROSTER/MISS ST PROJECTED STARTERS (2019-20 stats)

(--/--) Clemson Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG

G 0 Clyde Trapp 6-4 203 Sr. Eastover, S.C. 21/19 6.0 3.9 2.5 25.6

F 1 Jonathan Baehre 6-10 214 Sr. Wiesbaden, Germany 2/0 0.0 3.5 0.0 13.0

G 2 Al-Amir Dawes 6-2 180 So. Newark, N.J. 31/26 9.0 2.8 2.5 29.9

G 3 Chase Hunter 6-3.5 204 So. Atlanta, Ga. 9/4 5.3 1.0 1.6 37.8

G 4 Nick Honor 5-10 205 RSo. Orlando, Fla. 32/32 15.3 2.4 3.0 36.1

F 5 Hunter Tyson 6-8 215 Jr. Monroe, N.C. 31/3 5.5 3.0 0.4 13.6

F 10 Olivier-Maxence Prosper 6-8 218 Fr. Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- -- -- -- --

G 11 Parker Fox 6-7 212 Jr. Reno, Nev. 8/0 0.6 0.3 0.1 2.1

G 12 Alex Hemenway 6-3.5 185 So. Newburgh, Ind. 15/0 4.8 0.9 0.4 12.2

G 15 John Newman III 6-5 207 Jr. Greensboro, N.C. 31/31 9.5 3.9 2.2 31.6

F 20 O’Neil McBride 6-7 207 So. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 8/0 0.3 0.8 0.3 2.0

G 21 Wells Hoag 6-3 199 Jr. Greenville, S.C. 7/0 0.7 0.3 0.0 2.3

C 22 Lynn Kidd 6-10.5 235 Fr. Gainesville, Fla. -- -- -- -- --

F 24 PJ Hall 6-10 235 Fr. Spartanburg, S.C. -- -- -- -- --

F 25 Aamir Simms 6-8.5 245 Sr. Palmyra, Va. 30/30 13.0 7.2 2.6 31.6

(--/--) Mississippi State Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG

G 1 Iverson Molinar 6-3 190 So. Panama City, Panama 31/8 5.9 1.0 1.3 15.4

G 3 D.J. Stewart 6-6 205 RSo. Grace, Miss. 31/17 8.5 2.5 1.6 29.6

G 5 Deivon Smith 6-1 165 Fr. Loganville, Ga. -- -- -- -- --

F 24 Abdul Ado 6-11 255 RJr. Lagos, Nigeria 31/31 5.7 6.7 0.6 28.3

F 35 Tolu Smith 6-10 245 RSo. Bay St. Louis, Miss. 34/0 3.3 2.6 0.2 10.1

CLEMSON BASKETBALL HEADLINES

• Clemson is 3-1 all-time against Mississippi State. The Tigers fell to the Bulldogs in their last meeting during the 2018 Never Forget Tribute Classic, 82-71.

• Aamir Simms was named to the All-ACC Preseason First-Team, becoming Clemson’s first since 2016 and second since 2018 to earn preseason league honors.

• Simms was previously named to the Karl Malone Watch List (Top 20 PF in the country) and became the first Tiger to earn recognition from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s preseason award watch lists.

• Simms was named Third-Team All-ACC on March 9. It’s Simms’ first career ACC postseason accolade.

• Clemson boasted a Top-20 recruiting class in the country for 2020 with the additions of PJ Hall, Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Lynn Kidd. It marked the program’s highest recruiting ranking since 2009, according to 247Sports.

• Clemson was been bitten by the injury bug in 2019-20, having many key players miss time due to injuries, which included three starting players. For much of the season, Clemson had as few as eight scholarship players active. Clemson had players miss 75 games last season.

• Jonathan Baehre and Clyde Trapp are both healthy after overcoming torn ACL’s last year. Baehre re-tore his ACL in December 2019. Chase Hunter has overcome a foot injury that held him to just nine contests his freshman season.

• Nick Honor is eligible for the Tigers’ in the backcourt after previously sitting out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Honor has three seasons of eligibility left after playing his freshman year at Fordham. Honor spent last season on Clemson’s scout team.

• Head Coach Brownell passed Cliff Ellis as the program’s all-time winningest coach. Coach Brownell was two wins shy of passing Ellis and the Tigers earned back-to-back victories at North Carolina and at home over No. 3 Duke. The win over North Carolina was the program’s first-ever in Chapel Hill.

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