One of the stories that flew under the radar took place on March 25, 2013, just 11 days after the completion of the men’s basketball season.
Jordan Roper, fresh off a rookie season that saw him average 7.9 points per game with a team-high 41 percent three-point accuracy, suffered a mild stroke at the age of 19. The cause of the stroke is still unknown to this day, despite a plethora of tests and examinations from medical specialists.
Roper was restricted to no physical activity for more than two months, yet returned to the court late in the summer of 2013 just before Clemson’s 10-day trip to Italy. He averaged 16 points per game on the trip, second only to K.J. McDaniels in the exhibition tour.
Since that time, Roper is a two-time All-ACC Academic Team member and has missed just one game for the Tigers. And that’s why he counts his blessings each and every single day.
Roper, a video intern with Clemson’s athletic communications office, handled all post-production responsibilities for this video feature.
Click the ‘Play’ button on Roper’s image or the YouTube link to see more of his incredible story.
Video CreditsProduction and editing — Jordan RoperFilming and editorial assistance — Nik ConklinEditorial assistance — Philip Sikes
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