The early signing period for college basketball commences Wednesday and Clemson is set to sign three prospects for the 2018 class. The Tigers have commitments from 6-7 Hunter Tyson of Monroe, NC, 6-5 John Newman III of Greensboro, NC and 6-11 Trey Jemison of Hoover, AL. Brad Brownell has one spot left in the class he would love to fill with 6-6 Zion Williamson of Spartanburg who is expected for an official visit this weekend.
Jemison was the most recent commitment for the Tigers making his pledge late last month. He chose Clemson over offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Harvard, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M. His coach at Hoover High, Charles Burkett, said the Tigers are getting a quality player and person in one big package.
“His maturity level and his knowledge of how hard the game has to be played,” Burkett said of Jemison’s strengths. “He works. He’s an intelligent guy who works hard and he’s skilled, and that’s a combination for a really, really good player.”
Burkett added that Jemison is a versatile big man who Brownell can post and use as a traditional back to the basket player.
“Absolutely he is that but for whatever reason he’s not getting his just do on being able to be able to hit the 15 to 17 foot jump shot, which he can do and he will do it for us. I think some of his best weapons haven’t been exposed yet. He can score constantly from 15-16 feet and in. He is an excellent passer. He plays both ends of the floor. Defensively he’s really good. He’s above his time in communicating and understanding the game and just affecting the game in all facets.”
Clemson recruited Jemison for three years and made him a priority for this class, according to Burkett, and it paid off in the end with his commitment.
“They did their work and let him know how much they wanted him and how much they think he can fit in to what they do. They did an excellent job of recruiting him. They really went after him.”
Burkett said Georgia Tech was Clemson’s strongest competition for Jemison.
There are no public commitments for USC as the signing period begins. It appears the Gamecocks’ best opportunity to sign a player early is 6-10 Kaosi Ezeagu of GTA Prep in Canada. He unofficially visited with his team late last month and USC has been up to see him multiple times.
Technically the Gamecocks are involved with Williamson who took an unofficial visit in September but there are few indicators in their favor at this point.
The USC women are set to sign 5-6 Destanni Henderson of Lehigh Acres, FL. And Dawn Staley is waiting on the decision Friday from 5-11 Christyn Williams of Little Rock, AR. She’s down to the Gamecocks and Connecticut.