Brad Brownell has seen immense postseason changes to his program.
Two key components of his team, both guards, have entered the transfer portal. He also lost two assistant coaches in rapid succession. In doing so, he lost Jaelin Llewellyn, a player obtained through the portal, having only been with the Tigers for less than 48 hours. That had to be difficult.
However, not all of the changes seem to have inflicted irreparable damage to this team. It’s shown, at least to some, a newfound sense of resilience in Brownell. He remains focused on rebuilding and he does so in the knowledge he must embrace the transfer portal, because what it taketh it can also giveth.
Brevin Galloway, a 6-foot-2 guard and graduate transfer from Boston College, and the brother of former Tiger, Braden Galloway, recently announced he had chosen the Tigers over in-state rival, South Carolina.
Now, it appears, that Brownell is still fishing. 6-foot-5 guard, Dexter Dennis from Wichita State has the Tigers in his final six. It’s to be noted while he’s not too prolific on offense, he is a tenacious defender. He would certainly be a nice addition to Brownell’s Tigers.
The two losses were Nick Honor and Al-Amir Dawes and those losses could have proven catastrophic but again, Brownell’s diligence paid off. With the addition of Galloway and possibly Dennis, along with redshirt freshman Josh Beadle, this team could surprise many next season. With the return of the solid core of Hunter Tyson, PJ Hall, Chase Hunter and a talented recruiting class, the future might be bright in Littlejohn Coliseum next season.
If not, it won’t be from a lack of effort on Brownell’s part. I understand the skeptic’s doubt but at some point, Clemson’s Basketball fortunes have got to change and the curse finally dispelled. All hope, next season just might see that change come to fruition. In the meanwhile, Brownell will just keep fishing.
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