#80 Clemson Tigers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With only two seniors on their roster, (one who has massively underachieved for the most part) the Clemson Tigers are not in a position to make any real noise in the ACC.

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#62 Clemson Tigers: College Basketball 111 in 111

clemson dance team

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

In his first season as head coach, Brad Brownell led the Clemson Tigers to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  With their top two scorers from that team gone, the Tigers will have to assimilate their five freshman into the line-up right away if they want to head back to the dance.

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99 in 99: #62 Clemson Tigers

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What does it say about your program when your head coach leaves to take the same position at DePaul? The answer: not much.  That is what happened this off-season at Clemson when Oliver Purnell bolted for the Big East bottom feeder.

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days breaks down the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors and will lead you right into the opening tip of the season.  Click here if you missed teams #63#99.

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2009-2010 ACC Hoops Preview: Part 3 of 5


By: David Kay

You want to know about the up-coming college basketball season?  You’ve come to the right place.  Our fourth series of conference previews continues with the ACC this week.  We have tackled the bottom six teams in the league, now our focus shifts to teams four-six.

All of these teams will make the NCAA Tournament.  But if they find some bumps in the road during ACC play, a few teams very close in talent could easily leapfrog them and steal their spot in the Big Dance.

Clemson loses a few key players from a year ago, but welcomes in one of the best recruiting classes in the conference.  Florida State figures to be very competitive once again while Georgia Tech should be greatly improved coming off a last place finish in the conference a year ago.

4. Clemson (5th, 9-7, 23-9, NCAA First Round)

trevor-booker-itp2009-2010 Outlook:
The Tigers were an early season surprised last season when they won their first sixteen games.  They quickly fell back to reality posting a five-hundred record the remainder of the regular season.  Trevor Booker is one of the more physical players in the conference and will be joined by his younger brother Devin.  If fellow freshmen Milton Jennings and USC-defectee Noel Johnson can make immediate impacts, Clemson could be very dangerous.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Jerai Grant (Jr)/ Karolis Petrukonis (Sr)/Catalin Baciu (So)
PF: Trevor Booker (Sr)/Devin Booker (Fr)
F: Milton Jennings (Fr)/David Potter (Sr)/Bryan Narcisse (So)
SG: Noel Johnson (Fr)/Tanner Smith (So)
PG: Demontez Stitt (Jr)/Andre Young (So)/Donte Hill (Fr)

Gone: G/F- K.C. Rivers, G-Terrence Oglesby (pro-Europe), C-Raymond Sykes

Player to Watch: Stitt- Clemson suffered an unexpected loss when Terrence Oglesby decided to leave school and sign a pro contract overseas.  That leaves a void in the backcourt that Stitt will have to pick up.  He’s been a steady force for the Tigers in his first two years, but will need to elevate his productivity.

alabi5. Florida State (4th, 10-6, 25-10, NCAA First Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
The loss of All-ACC Defensive and First team selection Toney Douglas will be a major obstacle for the Seminoles to overcome.  Derwin Kitchen will likely assume the point guard responsibilities while freshman phenom Michael Snaer will take over at the two.  If Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton make the expected strides, FSU should once again be a tough team to beat.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Solomon Alabi (So)/Xavier Gibson (So)
PF: Ryan Reid (Sr)/Terrence Shannon (Fr)
SF: Chris Singleton (So)/Jordan DeMercy (Jr)
SG: Michael Snaer (Fr)/Luke Loucks (So)/Deivadis Dulkys (So)
PG: Derwin Kitchen (Jr)/Pierre Jordan (So)

Gone: PG-Toney Douglas, PF-Uche Echefu

Player to Watch: Alabi- The 7-1 product is still a work in progress on the offensive end, but should be a shot blocking force in the paint.  If his development continues at a steady pace, he will be a difference maker, potentially in the Hasheem Thabeet mold; something that most teams at the college level are lacking.

6. Georgia Tech (12th, 2-14, 12-19)

2009-2010 Outlook:
The Yellow Jackets suffered some major growing pains last season, but received great news when Gani Lawal decided to come back for his junior season.  Add in one of the top recruits in the nation in Derrick Favors and multi-talented combo guard in Iman Schumpert, and G-Tech could be one of the sleepers in the conference, if not the country.


Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Gani Lawal (Jr)/Brad Sheehan (Jr)/Daniel Miller (Fr)
F-Zachery Peacock (Sr)/Kammeron Holsey (Fr-out for season torn ACL)
F: Derrick Favors (Fr)/Brian Oliver (Fr)
G: D’Andre Bell (Sr)/Nick Foreman (So)/Lance Storrs (Jr)/Glen Rice (Fr)
PG: Iman Schumpert (So)/Maurice Miller (Jr)/Mfon Udofia (Fr)

Gone: F/C-Alade Aminu, G-Lewis Clinch

Player to Watch: Bell- Spinal surgery forced Bell to miss all of last season, but he has been given the okay to return to the court this fall.  He should provide a veteran presence to a relatively young Yellow Jacket team and help replace the loss of leading scorer Lewis Clinch.

The Sports Bank ACC Preview Conitnues:

Monday: Teams 10-12 (Virginia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State)
Tuesday: Teams 7-9 (Wake Forest, Miami FL, Boston College)
Thursday: Teams 1-3
Friday: ACC Post-season Awards

Thesportsbank.net SEC Previews/Power Rankings:
SEC East Teams 4-6 (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia)
SEC East Teams 1-3 (Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida)
SEC West Teams 4-6 (Arkansas, Auburn, LSU)
SEC West Teams 1-3 (Mississippi State, Mississippi, Alabama)

Thesportsbank.net Pac-10 Preview/Power Rankings:
Teams 8-10 (Washingon State, Arizona State, Stanford)
Teams 5-7 (Arizona, USC, Oregon)
Teams 1-4 (Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Cal)

Thesportsbank.net Big East Previews/Power Rankings

Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)
Post-Season Award Predictions

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