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Feb 24, 2021

Clemson Athletics Black History: Cliff Hammonds

Cliff Hammonds was the first recipient of the Skip Prosser Award, the honor presented each year by the Atlantic Coast Conference to the top all-around student-athlete.  The first scholarship Clemson basketball player on record to earn a degree in architecture,  he was presented an award from the department when he graduated.

Hammonds became among the most respected students in the department for attending 8:00 am classes when professors and fellow students knew he had gotten back in the wee hours of the morning from a basketball road game.

Hammonds earned All-ACC honors in leading Clemson to a top 25 ranking in the AP poll and the championship game of the ACC Tournament in 2007-08.  He was named to Clemson’s 100-year anniversary team in 2012 and was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018, his first year of eligibility.

Hammonds is still playing professional basketball overseas.