Aamir Simms will start in the post for a Clemson team Brad Brownell hopes can pressure the ball and stretch defenses with its shooting in 2019-20. (John Byrum/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell addressed the media, Wednesday, and laid out his expectations for a revamped roster that includes seven newcomers. Clemson won 20 games last season behind the scoring of guard Marcquise Reed (19.4 ppg), but Reed has departed and according to Brownell, the no. 1 scoring option in this new group of Tigers has yet to emerge. “We’re void of a preseason superstar like we’ve had, whether it’s Marcquise Reed or Jaron Blossomgame or Donte Grantham … but I think we have very good depth.”

In order to best take advantage of the added depth on this squad, the Tigers may adjust their style defensively, “One thing we learned from Italy is we’re changing the way we play a little bit. We went to picking up a little bit more full court. A little more pressure defense.”

Clemson fans will get their first look at Brownell’s new style when the Tigers open the season Nov. 5th at Littlejohn Coliseum against ACC foe Virginia Tech.

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