Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell put the finishing touch on his early signing class this afternoon by landing 6-4 Clyde Trapp Jr. of Lower Richland. Trapp is the fourth member of the class joining 6-6 Malik William of Orlando, 6-7 Aamir Simms of Dyke, VA and 6-3 AJ Oliver of Daniel.
Trapp chose the Tigers over USC, Charlotte, Rice and Georgia Tech. He said the Tigers had been recruiting him hard for several months and his official visit last weekend sealed in his mind that Clemson was the right place.
“It felt like a family,” Trapp said. “I talked it over with my parents. My coaches and everybody thought it was a perfect fit for me. I really liked Clemson from the jump. They’ve been recruiting me for a while. We always had a great relationship. My dad could pick up the phone any time and call coach. The players, we just bonded really well.”
Trapp is viewed as a versatile player who can play in the backcourt or the wing. He averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game last season. And he thinks his game will mesh nicely with what Brownell runs at Clemson and he likes the way Brownell runs his team.
“I like his intensity, it’s unreal,” he said. “He puts so much confidence in a player they just go out there and hoop. It’s good to hear from a coach that he’ll actually be throwing me in the fire.”
Trapp’s AAU coach is former Clemson point guard Ed Scott and he said Scott was a valuable adviser thru the process.
“I talked to him a lot,” Trapp said. “He’s a guy that’s been thru it so he knows. He didn’t sway me one way or the other, he just always had good things to stay. He just kept uplifting me because it got hard. He kept me strong and helped me along the way.”
Clyde Trapp Jr. talks about signing with Clemson