Clemson Basketball: Top Impact Newcomer for 2014-2015

With the 2013-2014 season behind the Clemson Tigers, it is time to look forward and prepare for this upcoming season, which looks to hold a lot of positive growth for the Tigers.

Clemson BasketballThe Tigers had one of the most (pleasantly) surprising season in the NCAA. They finished with an impressive 23-13 overall record, after being predicted to finish second to last in the ACC.

And the most exciting part for Tiger fans is that there are almost nothing but additions to the Tigers’ roster The Tigers had no seniors on their roster.

Last week, Adonis Filer, sophomore guard from Chicago, announced his plans to transfer. The Clemson fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement from junior superstar K.J. McDaniels about his plans for next year. McDaniels said that he planned to announce last week that he had made his decision and would announce soon.

Almost two weeks have come and gone, and there is still no announcement from McDaniels…..

With or without McDaniels (although Tiger fans would prefer the team with him  rather than without), the Tigers still have a lot to be excited about for this upcoming season and for the future of Clemson basketball.

The Tigers are bringing in two top recruits: Donte Grantham, a 6’8” forward, and Gabe DeVoe, a 6’4” guard. Grantham is the highest rated prospect to sign with Clemson under Brownell, and is rated by Rivals.com as the 66th best player in the country.

Both recruits will be huge for the program, but the most exciting addition to the Tigers’ basketball team will be Patrick Rooks.

You may have seen Rooks on the bench this season…. sitting on the end in a suit. Unfortunately, though he was not “suited up”. Rooks watched from the bench for the majority of the season after suffering a season ending hip injury.

Rooks,a  6’3”, 175 pound guard from Charlotte, NC, came into Clemson as a 3 star recruit. During his high school career at Charlotte Christian School (where both Stephen and Seth Curry attended high school), Rooks averaged 17 points per game and made 37% from 3-point range. He led his school to three straight conference championships and runner up in the state championship in 2010-11 season.

Rooks played with the Tigers in their preseason trip to Italy in August, where he averaged 7 points in his four games. He also shot 8 for 18 from behind the arc. The coaches were extremely excited about what he could bring to the team this season….

After having spent a year in the program, learning, working out, getting stronger and connecting with his teammates, he hopefully be able to be an immediate impact for the Tigers next season.

Rooks, a pure shooter, was one of the best perimeter shooters to come out of the 2013 class. He will be able to give the Tigers help offensively, specifically from the perimeter, which was their biggest struggle this season. He has been compared to teammate Jordan Roper, who has been one the Tigers’ most consistent offensive weapons.

Rooks was becoming more and more of a threat inside the arc, as his game progressed through high school. The coaching staff is excited about his potential over the next few years for the team.

Rooks began working out with the team again last week and while he still has a long road ahead of him, Coach Brad Brownell is excited about his future and what he will bring to the Tigers next year.

With the addition of DeVoe, Grantham and Rooks to the (active) roster, Tiger fans should be more excited than ever for the future of Clemson Basketball!

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