6-3 PG Trey McGowens, the Pendleton native who attends Hargrave Prep, VA made an official visit to Clemson over the weekend with two decisions weighing on his mind. One is, does he want to play his college ball 10 minutes from home. The other is, does he want to reclassify back down to the 2018 class. After his official visit to Clemson over the weekend, McGowens doesn’t have the answer to either question.
McGowens got to see the Tigers play their first two games of the season Friday night and Sunday afternoon, and he said it was a different looking Clemson team to him.
“They’re playing a lot faster than their style of play the last couple of years. On fast breaks they (guards) get the ball out and if they don’t have anything then they run the offense. They use the ball screen a lot more for the point guards, and that what I like to do. The players really took me under their wing, like I was a little brother, like I was already family.”
McGowens said he talked with Clemson coach Brad Brownell about the possibility of reclassifying so he can sign for the 2018 class. Brownell also laid for him other reasons he should join the Tigers.
“Mostly the family atmosphere,” he said. “I grew up 5-10 minutes from there in Pendleton. And they are losing (Shelton Mitchell) so if I choose to come in ’18 I could learn from him for a year and get experience so I can come in sophomore year ready to take the role of point guard. They are definitely at the top of the list even if I choose not to go ’18.”
McGowens said it’s possible, if he decides to move forward with joining the 2018 class, he will sign this week, but at this point he doesn’t think that’s likely. He will discuss his options this week with his family and coaches. And he’s expecting a visit from Clemson this coming week. The early signing period ends Wednesday.
His most recent offers are from TCU, NC State and St. John’s.