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Clemson Men’s Basketball Guard Named First-Team All-ACC

Clemson Men’s Basketball Guard Named First-Team All-ACC

March 7, 2000

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson guard Will Solomon has been named first-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association. It is the first time in 10 years that Clemson has had a first-team selection, the first time in 20 years that a Clemson guard has been chosen.

“This honor is a credit to Will’s hard work and the hard work of his teammates,” said Head Coach Larry Shyatt. “Will has been outstanding all season, even when the opposition made plans specifically to stop him. Being selected to this team as a sophomore speaks well for our future.”

“I want to first thank my teammates,” said Solomon, who improved his scoring average by nearly 15 points a game this year over his freshman year. “I could not have accomplished anything without their hard work on offense and defense. This is a great honor and I want everyone to know that I appreciate being selected to this team. It is something every ACC player strives for.”

Solomon, a native of East Hartford, CT, leads the ACC in scoring with a 21.1 average, the highest by a Clemson player in 30 years. He also paces the conference in three-point goals per game (3.1) and is 10th in assists (3.1) and fourth in three-point goal percentage (.372).

He has had 12 games of at least 25 points this year, including a 43-point outburst against Virginia on January 15 that was the highest scoring game by an ACC player this year. Solomon has scored 32.73 percent of Clemson’s points this year and is trying to become the first ACC player in 30 years to score a third of his team’s points over the course of the season.

A three-time ACC Player of the Week selection, Solomon is just the eighth player in Clemson history to make first-team all-conference. He is the first Tiger to make the team since 1989-90 when Elden Campbell and Dale Davis were both selected. Solomon is the first Clemson guard to make the team since 1979-80 when Billy Williams was selected. He is the first sophomore or freshman from Clemson to make the team since 1974-75 when freshman guard Skip Wise made first team.

Clemson’s First-team ACC Selections (By Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association

Year Player Pos Year Vote Rank
1959-60 Choppy Patterson G So. 5th
1966-67 Randy Mahaffey F Sr. 5th
1974-75 Skip Wise G Fr. 5th
1979-80 Billy Williams G Sr. 4th
1986-87 Horace Grant C Sr. 1st
1989-90 Dale Davis F Jr. 4th
Elden Campbell C Sr. 5th
1999-00 Will Solomon G So. 5th