April 24, 2014

Season highlights for Clemson basketball signees

Clemson coach Brad Brownell hopes his class of five will upgrade his talent level

From Clemson Sports Information:

Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell and his staff signed five players to national letters of intent in the early period last November. Read below to see what the five newest Tigers have accomplished in their senior seasons, now that all high school seasons are completed and all-state announcements have been made. 

Jaron Blossomgame • F • 6-7 • 200 • Alpharetta, GA • Chattahoochee High School

  • McDonald’s All-America nominee
  • AAAA first-team all-state selection after averaging 25.8 points per game
  • First-team All-Metro selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • First-team all-region selection
  • Played in the GACA All-Star Showcase, earning MVP honors for the North team
  • Established career Chattahoochee records for points, rebounds and blocked shots
  • Scored 42 points in season opener, a Chattahoochee single-game record
  • Scored 33 points to lead Chattahoochee to Region 7-AAAA Championship
  • Posted 32 points and 10 rebounds in AAAA quarterfinal loss to Southwest DeKalb 

Adonis Filer • G • 6-2 • 175 • Chicago, IL • Notre Dame Preparatory School (MA)

  • Led team to semifinals of National Prep Championship
  • Rated the No. 8 prospect in the state of Massachusetts by New England Recruiting Report
  • Scored 19 points in a win over South Kent (CT)
  • Posted 18 points in BABC Classic loss to Tilton School (NH)
  • Played on the same team with 2012 signees from Fordham (Mandell Thomas), Pittsburgh (Steven Adams), Xavier (Myles Davis) 

Landry Nnoko • C • 6-11 • 220 • Yaounde, Cameroon • Montverde Academy (FL)

  • Led team to 23-4 overall record and No. 9 final standing in ESPN’s Powerade FAB 50 boys basketball national rankings
  • Helped team to a berth in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational, where it finished runner-up to Findlay Prep (NV)
  • Had eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in championship game before fouling out in the fourth quarter
  • Earned all-tournament honors at the Kingdom of the Sun in Ocala, FL
  • Earned all-tournament honors at the Montverde Academy Invitational 

Jordan Roper • G • 6-0 • 165 • Columbia, SC • Irmo High School

  • McDonald’s All-America nominee
  • Led team to AAAA semifinals, where he scored 29 points in a playoff loss at Gaffney
  • Named first-team all-state by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association for second straight season
  • Named Region 4-AAAA Player-of-the-Year after averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game
  • South Carolina MVP in the Carolinas All-Star Classic after scoring game-high 26 points
  • Won slam dunk contest at the Carolinas All-Star Classic
  • Selected to play in the 2012 Capital Classic on April 21
  • MVP of the Impact Sports Invitational in Spartanburg, SC
  • Earned all-tournament honors at the 2011 Arby’s Classic in Bristol, TN
  • Scored career-high 42 points in win over rival Lexington High School
  • Produced game-winning tip-in to lift Irmo to victory over Richland Northeast High School
  • Second-leading scorer in Irmo High School history with 1,698 points; only B.J. McKie, who went on to become the all-time leading scorer at South Carolina, had more

Josh Smith • F • 6-8 • 250 • Charlotte, NC • Olympic High School

  • Led team to 28-2 overall record, a fourth straight conference championship, and berth in the AAAA regional semifinals
  • North Carolina MVP in the Carolinas All-Star Classic after posting a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds
  • Selected to play in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game on April 14
  • Named first-team all-district by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association
  • Averaged 12.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a senior
  • Team was ranked among nation’s top 50 high school teams for most of the season
  • Led team to Upward Classic crown in Spartanburg, SC, scoring 20 points in the championship game
  • Earned Charlotte Observer Player-of-the-Week and ESPN FAB 50 Spotlight Player-of-the-Week honors after posting 22 points and 13 rebounds in win over Charlotte Catholic in January