The Tigers are back in action on the hardwood tonight as they welcome Alabama A&M to town. Clemson is off to a 3-1 start, having won three straight after dropping the opener to Va Tech.
Over that three game stretch, the Tigers have shot the ball well. For this team to have any success that is a trend that must continue seeing as Clemson lacks the size inside needed to produce big numbers inside the paint on a nightly basis, especially once we get into league play.
Unlike previous teams in the Brad Brownell era, this year’s squad is having to rely on freshman to produce and so far they haven’t disappointed. PG Al-Amir Dawes has looked great running the floor and shooting guard Chase Hunter has been a solid contributor, scoring 9 PPG and shooting 42% from three.
The team is averaging 77 points a game, while allowing just 61, and shooting 45% from the field. Opponents are shooting just 38%. Clemson is shooting 33% from beyond the arc and average right at 10 made three’s per game. They are also forcing right at 18 turnovers a game.
While the competition early hasn’t been fierce, this is a new team with some youth and inexperience littered throughout the roster. These kinds of games will prove beneficial as we start to get into ACC play after Christmas.
Graduate transfer Tevin Mack has been a big addition for the program. He’s leading the team in scoring, averaging 14.8 PPG. He’s done that shooting 56% from the field and 41% from three.
John Newman III has been a bright spot as well. He’s second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 PPG. That’s despite having a quiet game last time out vs Detroit Mercy. He’s shooting 44% from the floor and pulling down 5 boards a game. He’s also third on the team in minutes, playing just under 30 per game.
Aamir Simms has quietly played his part too. The junior is averaging a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds per game. He has become the leader of this team and it’s a role that seems to fit him well.
This game tonight provides this team another opportunity for an OOC win. It’s a game the Tigers should win and one in which they will hopefully keep shooting the ball well.