July 30, 2014

Clemson sophomore leaves the basketball team

T.J. Sapp

Clemson announced Monday that sophomore guard T.J. Sapp is leaving the basketball team to transfer to another school. He plans to leave school after fall semester exams end and will not play any more games with the team.

“T.J. is a fine young man who has had some positive moments in his time at Clemson,” Coach Brad Brownell said. “He is well-liked by our coaching staff and players, and will certainly be missed. I respect his decision and appreciate his efforts during his time here. We wish him the best in his search for a basketball program that better meets his needs.”

Sapp played in 37 games and started 16 over the past two seasons.  He started in Sunday’s win over USC, but was taken out almost immedietly after he airballed a 3-pointer on the first possesion. Brownell gave Sapp a stern lecture on the bench.

Sapp was playing about 15 minutes per game this season and was averaging 3.6 points per game.

“I formed a brotherhood with my teammates, so this was a tough decision for me,” Sapp said. “I love and appreciate everything about Clemson. Coach Brownell is a tremendous guy, and I appreciate everything he’s taught me. He definitely made me a better player, and I can honestly say I am stronger and wiser due to my experiences at Clemson. I’ll never forget all of the coaches who taught me so much during my time here.”

Clemson is at home against Arizona Saturday night. They expect to have Milton Jennings back from a two game suspension for the matchup with the Wildcats.