2017–18 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team

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2017–18 Clemson Tigers men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 20
2017–18 record 25–10 (11–7 ACC)
Head coach Brad Brownell (8th season)
Assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean (1st season)
Assistant coach Dick Bender (2nd season)
Assistant coach Steve Smith (6th season)
Home arena Littlejohn Coliseum
Seasons
2017–18 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Virginia 17 1   .944     31 3   .912
No. 9 Duke 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
No. 22 Miami (FL) 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
No. 20 Clemson 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
NC State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
No. 10 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Florida State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Louisville 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Syracuse 8 10   .444     23 14   .622
Boston College 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Wake Forest 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Pittsburgh 0 18   .000     8 24   .250
2018 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by eighth-year head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers played their home games at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 25–10, 11–7 in ACC play to finish in four-way tie for third place. They defeated Boston College in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament before losing in the semifinals to Virginia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated New Mexico State and Auburn to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen. The Tigers 25 wins tied the most in program history and their 11 conference wins are the most in program history.[1]

Previous season[edit]

The Tigers finished the 2016–17 season 17–16, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in 12th place. They lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Duke. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Oakland.

Offseason[edit]

On June 19, 2017, the Tigers announced the signing of Antonio Reynolds Dean as an assistant coach.[2] Dean replaces longtime assistant Mike Winiecki, who left the program in April.[3]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Legend Robertin 00 C 7'0" 260 Junior London, England Transferred to Nicholls State University[4]
Ty Hudson 1 G 6'1" 200 Sophomore Mableton, GA Transferred to Jacksonville St.[5][6]
Jaron Blossomgame 5 F 6'7" 220 Redshirt Senior Alpharetta, GA Graduated/2017 NBA draft
Arvy Holmes 12 G 6'2" 195 Graduate Student Salem, OR Graduated
Riley McGillan 44 G 6'0" 170 Graduate Student Fort Mill, SC Graduated
Sidy Djitte 50 C 6'10" 240 Senior Dakar, Senegal Graduated

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Mark Donnal 5 C 6'9" 240 Graduate Student Monclova, OH Graduate transfer from Michigan. Will play immediately in the 2017–18 season under NCAA transfer rules.

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malik William
#26 PF
Orlando, FL The First Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jul 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
Aamir Simms
#27 PF
Saint George, VA Blue Ridge School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 22, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
A.J. Oliver
#38 SG
Central, SC D.W. Daniel High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Dec 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Clyde Trapp Jr.
SG
Hopkins, SC Lower Richland High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Nov 9, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: N/A
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:

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Clyde Trapp 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Fr Columbia, South Carolina
G 2 Marcquise Reed 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Landover, Maryland
G 3 Lyles Davis (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jr Charleston, South Carolina
G 4 Shelton Mitchell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Waxhaw, North Carolina
F/C 5 Mark Donnal 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) GS Monclova, Ohio
G 10 Gabe DeVoe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Shelby, North Carolina
G 11 Isaac Fields (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Pewee Valley, Kentucky
F 14 Elijah Thomas 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 237 lb (108 kg) Jr Lancaster, Texas
F 20 Malik William 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Fr Orlando, Florida
G 21 Anthony Oliver II 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Clemson, South Carolina
G 22 Scott Spencer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Suffolk, Virginia
F 24 David Skara 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 208 lb (94 kg) RS Jr Zadar, Croatia
F 25 Aamir Simms 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 237 lb (108 kg) RS Fr Palmyra, Virginia
F 32 Donte Grantham 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Martinsburg, West Virginia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 6/19/2017

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 2, 2017*
7:00 PM
Augusta W 80–56 
 18  Grantham   9  Thomas   5  Devoe  Littlejohn Coliseum 
Clemson, SC
Nov 5, 2017*
12:30 PM
Tennessee
Exhibition for Hurricane Relief
L 71–67 
 25  Reed   8  Reed   3  Grantham  Littlejohn Coliseum (4,112)
Clemson, SC
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Western Carolina W 85–57  1–0
 14  Grantham   6  Simms   6  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,188)
Clemson, SC
Nov 12, 2017*
2:00 PM, ACCN Extra
North Carolina A&T W 87–63  2–0
 17  Grantham   12  Grantham   6  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (5,528)
Clemson, SC
Nov 16, 2017*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Ohio
Charleston Classic quarterfinal
W 81–76  3–0
 20  Grantham   15  Thomas   5  Mitchell  TD Arena (3,175)
Charleston, SC
Nov 17, 2017*
9:30 PM, ESPNU
vs. Hofstra
Charleston Classic semifinal
W 78–59  4–0
 22  Grantham   11  Reed   6  Reed  TD Arena (3,087)
Charleston, SC
Nov 19, 2017*
9:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Temple
Charleston Classic final
L 60–67  4–1
 16  Mitchell   9  Grantham   4  Tied  TD Arena (2,263)
Charleston, SC
Nov 24, 2017*
3:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Texas Southern W 84–77  5–1
 26  Thomas   16  Thomas   3  4 Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (5,526)
Clemson, SC
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Ohio State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 79–65  6–1
 22  Reed   8  Thomas   6  Tied  Value City Arena (17,189)
Columbus, OH
Dec 3, 2017*
3:00 PM, ACCN Extra
UNC Asheville W 83–52  7–1
 19  Reed   10  Grantham   6  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (5,932)
Clemson, SC
Dec 9, 2017*
3:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Samford W 81–59  8–1
 20  Tied   11  Thomas   5  Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,434)
Clemson, SC
Dec 16, 2017*
4:30 PM, FS2
vs. No. 22 Florida
Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
W 71–69  9–1
 22  Reed   10  Thomas   6  Reed  BB&T Center (9,152)
Sunrise, FL
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
South Carolina
Rivalry
W 64–48  10–1
 25  Reed   7  Grantham   3  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (8,031)
Clemson, SC
Dec 22, 2017*
3:00 PM, ACCN Extra
Louisiana W 89–60  11–1
 17  Grantham   10  Grantham   6  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (6,847)
Clemson, SC
ACC regular season
Dec 30, 2017
4:00 PM, ACCRSN
NC State W 78–62  12–1
(1–0)
 18  Reed   10  Thomas   5  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 3, 2018
7:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 25 at Boston College W 74–70  13–1
(2–0)
 23  Grantham   14  Grantham   5  Grantham  Conte Forum (3,911)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Jan 6, 2018
12:00 PM, ACCN
No. 25 Louisville W 74–69 OT 14–1
(3–0)
 24  Reed   11  Grantham   3  Tied  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,594)
Clemson, SC
Jan 11, 2018
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 19 at NC State L 77–78  14–2
(3–1)
 17  Reed   10  Devoe   3  3 Tied  PNC Arena (17,526)
Raleigh, NC
Jan 13, 2018
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 19 No. 18 Miami (FL) W 72–63  15–2
(4–1)
 18  Grantham   7  Reed   7  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 16, 2018
7:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 20 at No. 15 North Carolina L 79–87  15–3
(4–2)
 21  Reed   6  Thomas   5  Grantham  Dean E. Smith Center (20,155)
Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 20, 2018
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 20 Notre Dame W 67–58  16–3
(5–2)
 17  Devoe   7  Tied   5  Mitchell  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 23, 2018
7:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 18 at No. 2 Virginia L 36–61  16–4
(5–3)
 11  Devoe   6  Simms   2  Mitchell  John Paul Jones Arena (14,149)
Charlottesvile, VA
Jan 28, 2018
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 18 at Georgia Tech W 72–70  17–4
(6–3)
 25  Devoe   5  3 Tied   11  Reed  McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
Atlanta, GA
Jan 30, 2018
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 20 No. 19 North Carolina W 82–78  18–4
(7–3)
 20  Reed   8  Reed   5  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Feb 3, 2018
2:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 20 at Wake Forest W 75–67  19–4
(8–3)
 24  DeVoe   7  Tied   2  3 Tied  LJVM Coliseum (10,468)
Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 8, 2018
7:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 16 Pittsburgh W 72–48  20–4
(9–3)
 25  DeVoe   11  Thomas   7  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,573)
Clemson, SC
Feb 14, 2018
7:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 11 at Florida State L 79–81 OT 20–5
(9–4)
 23  Reed   9  Thomas   4  Reed  Donald L. Tucker Center (9,131)
Tallahassee, FL
Feb 18, 2018
1:00 PM, ACCN
No. 11 No. 12 Duke L 57–66  20–6
(9–5)
 13  3 Tied   15  Thomas   5  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Feb 21, 2018
7:00 PM, ACCRSN
No. 15 at Virginia Tech L 58–65  20–7
(9–6)
 28  Reed   10  Tied   3  Tied  Cassell Coliseum (9,275)
Blacksburg, VA
Feb 24, 2018
3:00 PM, ACCN
No. 15 Georgia Tech W 75–67  21–7
(10–6)
 25  DeVoe   6  Tied   5  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
Feb 28, 2018
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 18 Florida State W 76–63  22–7
(11–6)
 22  Reed   8  Thomas   5  Reed  Littlejohn Coliseum (7,242)
Clemson, SC
Mar 3, 2018
2:00 PM, ACCN
No. 18 at Syracuse L 52–55  22–8
(11–7)
 21  Reed   9  DeVoe   5  DeVoe  Carrier Dome (28,670)
Syracuse, NY
ACC Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN
(4) No. 19 vs. (12) Boston College
Quarterfinals
W 90–82  23–8
 25  DeVoe   12  Thomas   4  Tied  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 9, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
(4) No. 19 vs. (1) No. 1 Virginia
Semifinals
L 58–64  23–9
 18  Mitchell   7  Thomas   3  DeVoe  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2018*
9:57 pm, truTV
(5 MW) No. 20 vs. (12 MW) New Mexico State
First Round
W 79–68  24–9
 23  Mitchell   10  Thomas   5  Mitchell  Viejas Arena (10,092)
San Diego, CA
Mar 18, 2018*
7:10 pm, TBS
(5 MW) No. 20 vs. (4 MW) No. 19 Auburn
Second Round
W 84–53  25–9
 22  DeVoe   11  Thomas   6  Mitchell  Viejas Arena (11,628)
San Diego, CA
Mar 23, 2018*
7:07 pm, CBS
(5 MW) No. 20 vs. (1 MW) No. 4 Kansas
Sweet Sixteen
L 76–80  25–10
 31  DeVoe   9  DeVoe   3  DeVoe  CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,399)
Omaha, NE
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 25 19 20 18 20 16 11 15 18 19 20 Not released 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 25 17 18 17 20 15 12 17 18 20 18 15

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clemson's Season Still Sweet Despite 80-76 loss to Kansas". clemsontigers.com. Clemson University Athletic Department. March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Dean named Clemson Assistant Men's Basketball Coach". TigerNet.com. Tigernet.com. June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Reynolds Dean named Clemson assistant basketball coach". USA TODAY Sports. 2017-06-19. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Clemson center Legend Robertin transferring from basketball team". Charleston Post and Courier. May 9, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  5. ^ Ryan Kantor (April 9, 2017). "Ty Hudson to Transfer from Clemson Basketball". shakinthesouthland.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  6. ^ Tony Crumpton (July 14, 2017). "Report: Former Clemson guard to transfer to Jacksonville St". Retrieved July 14, 2017.