Coming into the season, not much was expected from the Clemson basketball team. The ACC Media picked the Tigers 11th in the league, while others picked them even lower.
However, after losing four starters, then dealing with one injury after another, Brownell’s Tigers exceeded all expectations, and very likely had locked up an NIT spot.
After a slow start, the team started to play better as they got into ACC play. They knocked off Duke, FSU, and Louisville, while each were ranked in the top five.
They also won in Chapel Hill for the first time ever, ending one of the more dubious losing streaks in all of sports.
As expected with any young team though, there were inconsistencies. The team struggled on the road and had a couple of bad losses at home too.
After finishing the season 16-15 (9-11), 2020-21 will be crucial for Brownell. After signing his best class ever, including the number one player in the state PJ Hall, expectations go up, and rightfully so.
After more than a decade, it’s now or never for Brownell next season. Outside of grad transfer Tevin Mack, everyone is expected back, plus transfer PG Nick Honor will be eligible.
It’s time. Clemson basketball fans deserve better than what they’ve gotten over the years. It’s time for Brownell to deliver.