2016–17 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team

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2016–17 Clemson Tigers men's basketball
Clemson University Tiger Paw logo.svg
NIT, First round
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
2016–17 record 17–16 (6–12 ACC)
Head coach Brad Brownell (7th season)
Assistant coach Mike Winiecki
Assistant coach Dick Bender
Assistant coach Steve Smith
Home arena Littlejohn Coliseum
Seasons
2016–17 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
No. 16 Florida State 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
No. 14 Notre Dame 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
No. 10 Louisville 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
No. 7 Duke 11 7   .611     28 9   .757
No. 24 Virginia 11 7   .611     23 11   .676
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Miami (FL) 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Syracuse 10 8   .556     19 15   .559
Wake Forest 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 16   .568
Clemson 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
NC State 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Pittsburgh 4 14   .222     16 17   .485
Boston College 2 16   .111     9 23   .281
2017 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016–17 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by sixth-year head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers played their home games at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina after a one-year of renovation, as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 17–16, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in 12th place, they defeated NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the second round where they lost to Duke. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Oakland.

Previous season[edit]

The Tigers finished the 2015–16 season 17–14, 10–8 in ACC play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Georgia Tech.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Austin Ajukwa 1 F 6'6" 205 Junior Columbia, SC Transferred to Charlotte
Jordan Roper 20 G 6'0" 165 Senior Columbia, SC Graduated
Josh Smith 33 F 6'8" 245 Senior Charlotte, NC Graduated
Landry Nnoko 35 C 6'10" 255 Senior Yaoundé, Caneroon Graduated

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Elijah Thomas 14 C 6'9" 251 Sophomore Lancaster, TX Transferred from Texas A&M. Under NCAA transfer rules, Thomas will have to sit out the first nine games of the 2016–17 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.
David Skara 24 F 6'8" 205 Junior Zadar, Croatia Transferred from Valparaiso. Under NCAA transfer rules, Skara will have to sit out for the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.

Recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Scott Spencer
#27 SF
Saint George, VA Blue Ridge School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Aug 5, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NA   Rivals: NA  ESPN: NA
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Recruiting class of 2017[edit]

Roster[edit]

2016–17 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
C 00 Robertin, LegendLegend Robertin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr Chipola College London, England
G 1 Hudson, TyTy Hudson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Pebblebrook High School Mableton, Georgia
G 2 Reed, MarcquiseMarcquise Reed 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS So Robert Morris Landover, Maryland
G 3 Davis, LylesLyles Davis (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So James Island Charter High School Charleston, South Carolina
G 4 Mitchell, SheltonShelton Mitchell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Vanderbilt Waxhaw, North Carolina
F 5 Blossomgame, JaronJaron Blossomgame 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Chattahoochee High School Alpharetta, Georgia
G 10 DeVoe, GabeGabe DeVoe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Shelby High School (NC) Shelby, North Carolina
G 11 Fields, IsaacIsaac Fields (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr South Oldham High School Pewee Valley, Kentucky
G 12 Holmes, AvryAvry Holmes (w) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) GS North Salem High School Salem, Oregon
F 14 Thomas, ElijahElijah Thomas (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Lancaster High School Dallas, Texas
F 15 Grantham, DonteDonte Grantham 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Hargrave Military Academy Martinsburg, West Virginia
G 22 Spencer, ScottScott Spencer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Blue Ridge School Suffolk, Virginia
F 24 Skara, DavidDavid Skara (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Valparaiso Zadar, Croatia
G 44 McGillan, RileyRiley McGillan (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) GS Fort Mill High School Fort Mill, South Carolina
C 50 Djitte, SidySidy Djitte 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Northwood Temple Academy Dakar, Senegal
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

2017 NBA Draft[edit]

The Tigers had one player drafted in the 2017 NBA Draft.[1]

Player Team Round Pick # Position
United States Jaron Blossomgame San Antonio Spurs 2nd 59 F

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/03/2016*
7:00 PM
Lander W 105–49 
 20  DeVoe   10  Grantham   5  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum 
Clemson, SC
Non-conference regular season
11/11/2016*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Georgia W 74–64  1–0
 19  Reed   9  Djitte   3  Blossomgame  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
11/17/2016*
11:00 AM, ESPNU
vs. Davidson
Tire Pros Invitational quarterfinals
W 95–78  2–0
 22  Holmes   8  Grantham   4  Tied  HP Field House 
Orlando, FL
11/18/2016*
1:30 PM, ESPNU
vs. No. 11 Xavier
Tire Pros Invitational semifinals
L 77–83  2–1
 21  Grantham   8  DeVoe   5  DeVoe  HP Field House (1,002)
Orlando, FL
11/20/2016*
5:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Oklahoma
Tire Pros Invitational 3rd place game
L 64–70  2–2
 22  Blossomgame   14  Djitte   5  DeVoe  HP Field House 
Orlando, FL
11/25/2016*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
High Point W 83–74  3–2
 27  Blossomgame   15  Djitte   5  DeVoe  Littlejohn Coliseum (5,500)
Clemson, SC
11/30/2016*
9:00 PM, ESPNU
Nebraska
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 60–58  4–2
 15  Blossomgame   9  Djitte   3  Djitte  Littlejohn Coliseum (6,545)
Clemson, SC
12/04/2016*
2:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Coppin State W 85–43  5–2
 15  Blossomgame   13  Djitte   2  Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (6,711)
Clemson, SC
12/10/2016*
4:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Mercer W 90–47  6–2
 19  Grantham   7  Tied   5  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,514)
Clemson, SC
12/13/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
South Carolina State W 93–65  7–2
 29  Blossomgame   13  Djitte   5  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (6,333)
Clemson, SC
12/18/2016*
4:00 PM, ESPNU
vs. Alabama W 67–54  8–2
 18  Mitchell   7  Djitte   4  DeVoe  Legacy Arena (11,147)
Birmingham, AL
12/21/2016*
9:00 PM, ESPNU
at No. 22 South Carolina
Rivalry
W 62–60  9–2
 15  Blossomgame   10  Blossomgame   2  Blossomgame  Colonial Life Arena (17,026)
Columbia, SC
12/28/2016*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
UNC Wilmington W 87–73  10–2
 20  Blossomgame   8  Djitte   6  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,726)
Clemson, SC
ACC regular season
12/31/2016
12:00 PM, RSN
at Wake Forest W 73–68  11–2
(1–0)
 21  Reed   10  Grantham   5  Mitchell  LJVM Coliseum (10,034)
Winston-Salem, NC
01/03/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 14 North Carolina L 86–89 OT 11–3
(1–1)
 24  Blossomgame   8  Djitte   4  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,716)
Clemson, SC
01/07/2017
3:00 PM, ESPNU
at Notre Dame L 70–75  11–4
(1–2)
 22  Blossomgame   8  Blossomgame   5  Mitchell  Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
01/12/2017
7:00 PM, RSN
at Georgia Tech L 63–75  11–5
(1–3)
 20  Blossomgame   6  Blossomgame   5  Mitchell  Hank McCamish Pavilion (5,602)
Atlanta, GA
01/14/2017
12:00 PM, ACCN
No. 19 Virginia L 73–77  11–6
(1–4)
 22  Blossomgame   6  Tied   5  DeVoe  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
01/19/2017
9:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 12 Louisville L 60–92  11–7
(1–5)
 13  Reed   5  Tied   3  Tied  KFC Yum! Center (21,436)
Louisville, KY
01/22/2017
6:30 PM, ESPNU
Virginia Tech L 81–82  11–8
(1–6)
 20  Tied   6  Djitte   10  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,120)
Clemson, SC
01/28/2017
12:00 PM, RSN
at Pittsburgh W 67–60  12–8
(2–6)
 25  Blossomgame   8  Grantham   6  Mitchell  Peterson Events Center (9,828)
Pittsburgh, PA
02/01/2017
7:00 PM, RSN
Georgia Tech W 74–62  13–8
(3–6)
 18  Holmes   10  Thomas   3  Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,530)
Clemson, SC
02/05/2017
12:30 PM, ESPNU
at No. 15 Florida State L 61–109  13–9
(3–7)
 15  Holmes   11  Djitte   3  Mitchell  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (10,868)
Tallahassee, FL
02/07/2017
8:00 PM, ACCN
Syracuse L 81–82  13–10
(3–8)
 20  Blossomgame   11  Djitte   8  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,045)
Clemson, SC
02/11/2017
1:00 PM, ACCN
at No. 18 Duke L 62–64  13–11
(3–9)
 23  Mitchell   9  Tied   2  Tied  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
02/14/2017
7:00 PM, RSN
Wake Forest W 95–83  14–11
(4–9)
 21  Reed   10  Blossomgame   3  Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (6,929)
Clemson, SC
02/18/2017
12:00 PM, RSN
at Miami (FL) L 65–71  14–12
(4–10)
 16  Blossomgame   11  Thomas   3  Mitchell  BankUnited Center (6,987)
Coral Gables, FL
02/21/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at Virginia Tech L 70–71  14–13
(4–11)
 18  Reed   10  Blossomgame   4  Mitchell  Cassell Coliseum (7,179)
Blacksburg, VA
02/25/2017
12:00 PM, ACCN
No. 19 Florida State L 74–76  14–14
(4–12)
 24  Blossomgame   9  Djitte   4  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
03/01/2017
8:00 PM, ACCN
NC State W 78–74  15–14
(5–12)
 18  Tied   9  Djitte   2  Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (6,853)
Clemson, SC
03/04/2017
4:00 pm, ACCN Extra
Boston College W 82–68  16–14
(6–12)
 17  Tied   10  Holmes   4  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,135)
Clemson, SC
ACC Tournament
03/07/2017
12:00 pm, ESPN2
(12) vs. (13) North Carolina State
First round
W 82–68  17–14
 22  Tied   13  Djitte   6  Mitchell  Barclays Center (8,656)
Brooklyn, NY
03/08/2017
2:00 pm, ESPN
(12) vs. (5) No. 14 Duke
Second round
L 72–79  17–15
 19  Blossomgame   10  Djitte   3  Mitchell  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
NIT
March 14*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
(2) (7) Oakland
First round – Iowa Bracket
L 69–74  17–16
 24  Blossomgame   11  Djitte   6  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (2,785)
Clemson, SC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SPURS SELECT DERRICK WHITE AND JARON BLOSSOMGAME IN 2017 NBA DRAFT". NBA.com. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.