Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell went back to his Indiana roots for a recent offer to 6-4 Alex Hemenway of Newburgh, IN. And Brownell has a special connection in this case in that he and Hemenway’s father grew up together in Evansville.
“When they started recruiting me, it was just one of those things where you kind of felt like family,” Hemenway said. “Coach Bender is the assistant recruiting me. We’ve built a really great relationship. He’s a guy that I know that will get me better on and offer the court. Every time that he’s comes to see me and we’ve worked out together, he’s always giving me things to work on and things to get better at. I feel like it’s really grown to be a great relationship at a place I one day could call home.”
Hemenway averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season. He’s regarded as an excellent outside shooter and the Tigers, he said, want him just for that.
“I make shots,” he said. “That’s one thing that they said that sticks out about me. Off the dribble. Stationary. Off ball screens. They said I’m I a shot maker and that’s one thing they said that they are losing so that’s what they kind of keyed on to me. That’s the one thing they said will help them mostly.”
Hemenway said right now Clemson, Creighton and Belmont are the schools recruiting him the hardest. He has not set dates for official visits but he’s working on that and Clemson will get one. His other offers are Xavier, Butler, Nebraska, Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Evansville and Valparaiso. A decision shouldn’t be far off.
“I’m pretty close, he said. “I know I’m hopefully going to be able to make it before the basketball season starts in November. Hopefully in a month or two I’ll be able to get that decision out the way.”
Clemson has three spots left for the 2019 class and has one commitment in 6-3 Chase Hunter.