Dec. 6, 2002
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Game Four: Clemson vs. Maine Saturday, December 7, 2003 4:00 PM Anderson Civic Center
Clemson leads ACC in Field Goal Percentage One of the reasons for Clemson’s 3-0 start has been field goal percentage. While Clemson does not exactly fill it up from three-point range, Larry Shyatt’s Tigers have been successful inside the arc. Clemson is hitting .509 from the field overall, best in the ACC in the young season. The Tigers are just 14-40 on three-point shots, a respectable .350, but 73-131 inside the arc, .557.
Clemson’s interior players have been very strong on the inside in the early going. Chris Hobbs has made 13-18 shots from the field for 72.2 percent, while starting center Sharrod Ford has made 14-21, 66.7 percent. Ray Henderson is 10-19 and reserve Akin Akingbala has been a perfect 3-3 from the field. The group collectively is hitting 40-61, a .656 figure.
Clemson has now sot over 50 percent in consecutive games. This is the first time Clemson has done that since the 2000-01 season when Clemson shot 53 percent against Charleston Southern and 51.7 against Coastal Carolina in consecutive wins. Clemson has not had a streak of three straight 50 percent or better games since accomplishing the feat in five straight games early in the 1998-99 season, Larry Shyatt’s first year as head coach.
Tigers Look for First 4-0 Start since 1996-97 Clemson will be seeking its first 4-0 start since the 1996-97 season when the Tigers meet Maine on Saturday. Clemson has won its first game 18 years in a row and that streak was continued with the win over Wofford to open the season. Clemson then downed High Point in the second game by 26 and defeated Penn State in the third game.
This is already the first time Clemson has been 3-0 since the 1998-99 season, Larry Shyatt’s first season. Clemson opened with a 4-0 start in 1996-97 before losing to Minnesota in the finals of the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. Clemson’s best start in recent years is an 11-0 start in 1995-96, Rick Barnes first year.
The Clemson record for consecutive wins to open a season is 17, set by the Horace Grant led 1986-87 Tiger team that finished with a school record 25 victories. Duke ended that streak, which is also the longest winning streak in Clemson history at any juncture during a season.
Positive Factors Contribute to Clemson’s 3-0 Start Here are some positive factors that have contributed to Clemson’s 3-0 start: *Starting backcourt of Edward Scott and Chey Christie have a combined assist/turnover ratio of 31/6. Scott stands at 23/5 and leads the ACC in assist/turnover ratio, while Christie has eight assists and just one turnover in his 90 minutes of play. *Clemson freshmen are a combined 11-19 from the field, .580. *Clemson is shooting 51 percent from the field as a team. Six different players are shooting 50 percent or better. *Clemson has a +10 rebound margin, including a +7 margin in offensive rebounds over the three games. *Clemson has made more free throws than its opponents have attempted. Clemson has made 61 and the opposition has attempted 54. This is quite an accomplishment considering Clemson has made just 61 percent of its free throws so far this year. *Clemson has gotten off to a good start in each game. In fact, Clemson has held the lead by at least six points at the first media timeout in each game. Clemson has not trailed in the 120 minutes played so far this season. *Clemson has committed just 35 turnovers in three games, less than 12 turnovers per game. Clemson has a +10 turnover margin for the firs three games. *Clemson opponents are shooting less than 40 percent from the field. Defense was an area Larry Shyatt’s wanted to improve on for this year and that figure shows there has been improvement over the first three games.
Clemson vs. America East This will be Clemson’s first ever meeting with Maine in basketball. The two schools have met many times in baseball, especially in recent years. Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett is a 1976 graduate of Maine. Clemson defeated Maine in the NCAA baseball regional in 1991 to advance to the College World Series. That is the only time a Clemson athletic team has played in the state of Maine.
Clemson is 9-0 lifetime against teams from the America East Conference, including a 78-48 win at Hartford last year. Clemson is 2-0 vs. Boston University, Delaware, Hartford and Hofstra and 1-0 vs. Towson State. Clemson is 4-0 at home, 1-0 away and 3-0 at neutral sites vs. America East teams.
Last Game Prior to Finals This is Clemson’s last game prior to semester final exams. Traditionally, Clemson has done well prior to the start of finals. Over the last 24 years Clemson is 21-3 in the final game before finals. All three losses have come against South Carolina, each of the last two years, and in 1988-89.
The same is not true for the game immediately after finals. Clemson has traditionally struggled in that game. Even some of the wins have been very close, like last year’s 10-point win over Elon. Clemson is just 8-4 in the first game after finals the last 12 years. The Tigers take on Gardner-Webb on December 14, the first game after finals this year.
Scott Off to Great Start Few players in the ACC are off to as good a start as Clemson senior point guard Edward Scott. The Clemson co-captain has averaged 19.3 points7.7 assists, shot 46 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range in the first three games. His 23/5 assist/turnover ratio is best in the ACC at this early stage of the season. Scott has scored in double figures in every game and has had at least six assists in every game. This is just the second time in Scott’s career that he has scored in double figures in at least three consecutive games. He had a four-game streak early in his junior season.
In many ways, Scott is picking up where he left off at the end of last season. Scott averaged 19 points and 8.2 assists per game over the final six games of last year. That included a 23 point and seven assist game in the ACC Tournament against Florida State and a 36-point and seven assist game against the Seminoles in the regular season home finale.
2002-03 Season Review Clemson Defeats Penn State Clemson defeated Penn State in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge on December 3 by a 79-70 score. It gave Clemson a 3-1 record in the event in its four-year history. Clemson improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season with the victory.
Edward Scott had another strong all-around game with 25 points and seven assists against just one turnover. The native of Eastover, SC had just one turnover in playing all 40 minutes and made 7-12 shots from the field, including 3-5 three-point attempts. Scott got support from Sharrod Ford 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Chris Hobbs added nine points thanks to 4-6 field goal shooting, while Olu Babalola had a fine all-around game with eight points, six rebounds and four steals.
Clemson made 51 percent of its field goal attempts, its second consecutive game with at least 50 percent shooting, and won the rebound battle 41-32. Clemson could have won the game by a much larger margin, but made just 25-46 free throws as a team. Clemson as just 15-31 from the line in the second half. Clemson was 11-17 from the line inside the last five minutes.
Clemson jumped out to leads of 8-0 and 15-2 to open the contest. Chey Christie scored six of Clemson’s first 15 points in that spurt. The lead grew to 18 points at 33-15 with 1:44 to go in the half on a dunk by Sharrod Ford. Clemson led 35-22 at intermission.
Clemson held a lead between 10-14 points most of the second half. Clemson led 70-53 with 2:30 remaining on a free throw by Edward Scott. Penn State hit a couple of three-point goals and cut the margin to nine points with 1:10 left, but could get no closer.
Penn State made 11-33 three-point attempts in the contest, while Clemson made 4-11. DeForrest Riley led Penn State with 18 points on six three-point goals. He had not scored a single point in the first three games for the Nittany Lions.
Clemson Downs High Point Clemson placed six players in double figures for the first time in nearly eight years, and made 9-20 three-point shots, leading to a 91-65 victory over High Point at the Greensboro Coliseum on November 27, 2002. Clemson had six players score between 10 and 14 points, including 14 by point guard Edward Scott, who registered his seventh career double-double.
The balance was also demonstrated in the three-point goal category as four different players made two three-point goals and four different players had at least six rebounds. Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s had nine different players play at least a dozen minutes.
Scott led the way with 14 points, 10 assists and just two turnovers, while Sharrod Ford added13 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes. Ray Henderson and Chey Christie added 12 points apiece, while Olu Babalola and Shawan Robinson scored 10 apiece. Babalola scored 10 in the first half, while Robinson scored his 10 in the second half.
Freshman Akin Akingbala was also impressive with eight points and six rebounds in just 13 minutes. He made all three of his field goal attempts.
Clemson was outstanding in all three shooting areas. Clemson made 55 percent of its shots from the field, 45 percent from three-point land and 72.7 from the foul line. It was the first time in 17 games that Clemson had shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on three-point shots and 70 percent from the foul line in the same game.
Clemson jumped out to a 32-16 lead within the first 13 minutes of the game and never looked back. The Tigers held a 17-point lead at intermission thanks to 10 points from Babalola, who made a pair of three-point goals. He made just two three-point goals his entire freshman year. Sharrod Ford added nine points on 4-4 field goal shooting.
Clemson ran the lead to 20 points at 54-34 by the first media timeout of the second half, and held a 30-point margin at 90-60 with 1:50 left.
Clemson Opens with a Victory over Wofford Clemson opened its 2002-03 season with a 79-72 victory over Wofford on November 24 at The Civic Center of Anderson. Clemson is playing its November and December games in Anderson while renovations to Littlejohn Coliseum are completed.
Chris Hobbs both scored 19 points to lead Clemson, while Sharrod Ford, making his first career start, had 12 points and eight rebounds. Hobbs was especially efficient, scoring 19 points in just 19 minutes. He also contributed eight total rebounds, seven of which were offensive.
Ray Henderson came off the bench to pull down a team best 12 rebounds, as Clemson won the battle of the boards 46-35. The total included 21 offensive rebounds. Clemson also did a good job in taking care of the basketball. Clemson had just 11 turnovers in the entire game and forced 16.
Wofford stayed in the game thanks to outstanding three-point shooting, something they have accomplished against Clemson in recent years. The Terriers made 10-23 three-point shots, while Clemson made just 1-9. Over the last two years, Wofford has now outscored Clemson 75-9 from three-point land.
Clemson was impressive in the first half and held a 49-34 lead. Ford and Scott led the way before intermission with 11 points apiece. Clemson had a +9 margin on the boards and made 54 percent of its shots (20-37), and committed just four turnovers.
Clemson extended the lead to 52-34 at the opening of the second half before Wofford made a strong run. They connected on four three-point goals over the next seven minutes to cut the margin to 56-52 with 13:40 left. The margin switched back and forth from four points to nine points the rest of the way. Wofford cut the margin to 74-69 with 1:48 left, but Chris Hobbs scored on a layup off a feed from Sharrod Ford, and Edward Scott and Chey Christie both made four shots inside the last 30 seconds to secure the victory for the Tigers.
For the game, Clemson held Wofford to 39 percent shooting overall, but the Terriers did made 43.5 percent from three-point land, 10-23. Clemson shot just 62.5 percent from the line, but did make more free throws than Wofford attempted. Clemson has now won seven of its last nine games in that situation over two years.
Clemson Postmen Deliver Clemson’s front line was ranked 10th best in the nation by Lindy’s Preseason Magazine. So far this year the group has done nothing to hurt its ranking. Clemson’s four post players are 40–61 from the field so far this season, 65.6 percent. Chris Hobbs, who has played just 65 minutes in the first three games, is 13-18 from the field, 72 percent. Sharrod Ford has the most made field goals among the group and is 14-21 for .667. Ray Henderson is 10-19 for 53 percent, while freshman Akin Akingbala is 3-3.
The group also has a lot to do with Clemson’s +10 rebound margin so far this season. Clemson has won the rebounding battle by at least nine rebounds in each of its first three games. Clemson also has a 51-44 lead in offensive rebounds, quite a statement considering Clemson is shooting 51 percent from the field as a team, so there aren’t as many offensive rebounds to be had. Sharrod Ford and Chris Hobbs all average at least 7.0 rebounds per game. Ford had a career high 13 rebounds against Penn State.
Ray Henderson has been a force from a defensive standpoint. The senior co-captain has eight blocked shots in three games. He has tied his career high each game. He had just 58 career blocks in 84 career games entering this season. He led the team with 36 blocks last year.
Scott Ties Clemson Career Record Clemson guard Edward Scott tied a Clemson career record when he recorded his seventh career double-double with assists in the victory over High Point. Scott had six double-doubles last year as a junior, five with assists and points and one with assists and rebounds (vs. Yale).
The 14 points and 10 assists against High Point gave Scott seven career double-doubles with assists, tying Grayson Marshall for the all-time lead in that area. Marshall, Clemson’s career leader in assists, had seven between 1984-88.
Overall, the performance against High Point was the eighth double figure assist game of Scott’s career. He is second in Clemson history in that area, but has a long way to go to catch Marshall, who had 25 double figure assist games.
Clemson Shows Balance Clemson showed scoring balance in its 91-65 win over High Point on November 27. Six different Clemson players scored in double figures, the first time that has happened since November 29, 1994.
In the win over High Point, Edward Scott led the way with 14 points, while Sharrod Ford added 13, his career high. Ray Henderson and Chey Christie scored 12 apiece, while Olu Babalola and Shawan Robinson each scored a career high 10.
The last time Clemson had six double figure scorers was on November 29, 1994, the first game of the Rick Barnes era. That night, Merl Code (17), Devin Gray (16), Bruce Martin (16), Andy Kelly (15), Rayfield Ragland (11) and Greg Buckner (10), all scored in double figures in a 96-66 win over Charleston Southern. Martin is now an assistant AD for basketball operations with the Clemson program. It was also the first game Larry Shyatt’s coached at Clemson, as he was an assistant on Barnes staff.
Clemson Has Some Experience In the last three years, Clemson has been “behind the curve” when it comes to experience when compared to other ACC teams. Clemson has had just one senior on its roster each of the last three years.
This year, Clemson has three senior scholarship players and two other recruited walk-on seniors who have seen significant playing time over the years. That should give Clemson a leg up in many areas in the league that has just 19 returning starters among the nine clubs. Clemson has six of its top eight scorers and rebounders returning from last year and 10 lettermen overall. As you can see by the charts below, Clemson has the highest percentage of its points and rebounds returning from last year.
Percentage of Scoring Returning for 2002-03 Rk School % 1. Clemson 64.1 2. NC State 62.7 3. Georgia Tech 57.5 4. Virginia 44.8 5. Wake Forest 37.4 6. North Carolina 37.3 7. Florida State 34.7 8. Duke 34.2 9. Maryland 31.2
Percent of Rebounding Returning for 2002-03 Rk School % 1. Clemson 79.9 2. NC State 77.9 3. Georgia Tech 68.8 4. Virginia 56.5 5. Wake Forest 50.6 6. Florida State 50.4 7. Duke 43.1 8. North Carolina 40.5 9. Maryland 39.6
Nagys to Miss First Eight Games of Season Clemson forward Tomas Nagys will miss the first eight games of the 2002-03 season due to his involvement in an NCAA secondary violation. The senior from Lithuania will play his first game against Coastal Carolina on December 31, 2002.
The action was taken as a result of his use of an athletic staff member’s long distance telephone access code. He used the code without permission to make phone calls over several months earlier this year. As part of his condition for reinstatement, Nagys has repaid the value of the phone calls.
“I regret that this happened,” said Nagys. “All of the phone calls were made to my family in Lithuania. We had some family issues that needed to be addressed. I accept the NCAA’s ruling and look forward to rejoining our team on December 31.” Nagys is permitted to practice with the Tigers during the period he will be held out of games.
“We regret that this situation has occurred,” said Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s. “We have addressed it with the NCAA and taken corrective action for these secondary violations. The NCAA has accepted our findings. This is now behind us. What is in front of us is a senior who needs just four hours in the spring semester to graduate with his class. He will have a very positive impact on our team on and off the floor this year.”
Nagys is a veteran of 83 games in his Clemson career, nine as a starter. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year when he played in all 30 games as a reserve. One of three scholarship seniors on the Clemson team this year, he finished his junior season with an 18-point, nine-rebound performance against Florida State in the ACC Tournament in Charlotte.
Tigers Sign Three in Early Period November 13, 2002 Vernon Hamilton, a 5-11 guard from Richmond, VA and Jimmy Hudson, a 6-4 guard from Eustis, FL, have signed a national letter-of-intent with the Clemson men’s basketball program. Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s made the announcement November 13, the first day of the fall National signing period.
Hamilton, a senior at Benedictine High in Richmond, averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists per game last season. He was an all-state selection and is ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by Hoop Scoop and Prep Spotlight. He also was named all-regional as a junior and sophomore. He is also an outstanding football player at Benedictine High and has been ranked among the top receivers in the nation.
“Vernon Hamilton is a pure point guard, much in the same mold as Edward Scott,” said Shyatt, who will lose his four-year starter at point guard after this season. “We will have a lot of perimeter players back next year, but certainly will be looking for a replacement for Edward. He handles the ball well and we are looking forward to him joining our program.”
Hudson is a combination guard who averaged 13.9 points per game last year as a junior at Eustis High School. He had just 13 turnovers for the entire season, shot 81 percent from the foul line and 42 percent from three-point land. He was a second-team all-state choice as a sophomore and junior.
“Jimmy is a combination guard who will be able to handle both positions with experience. He caught our eye last spring at a tournament in Houston. All our coaches were impressed with the way he handles himself on the court, especially in pressure situations. He had just 13 turnovers all season and that says a lot about his game.”
Lamar Rice, a 6-7, 215-pound forward from Flint, MI is the third player to sign a letter of intent with the Clemson program for next year’s class. Rice will enter Clemson as a junior after Christmas. He sit out the second semester of this year, then participate for the first time in 2003-04.
Rice averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game at Mott Community College for Coach Steve Schmidt’s team in Flint, MI last season. He also shot 57 percent from the field and blocked 1.3 shots per game. He had a high scoring game of 32 points, a high rebound game of 12 caroms and a high blocked shot game of 11 deflections.
Rice helped Mott Community College to a 65-8 record over two seasons, including a number-one ranking in the final NJCAA Division II national poll in 2001-02. He was an all-conference, all-region and all-state selection as a freshman and a sophomore. He was an honorable mention Junior College All-American this past season. He was named to the National Junior College All-Tournament team each of the last two years. Rice attended Flint Southwestern Academy High School in Flint, MI prior to his junior college career.
“Lamar has the capabilities to be a three-position player for us,” said Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s. “He is 6-7 and 215 pounds, but still has some maturing to do physically. He can play the two, three or four positions. He gives us an athletic and graceful player on the wing, who is similar to Jamar McKnight, except he is two inches taller.
“We were impressed with his postseason performances, especially in the national tournament.” Rice is the third signee in the class of newcomers for 2003-04. In November, Clemson signed 5-11 guard Vernon Hamilton of Richmond, VA and 6-4 guard Jimmy Hudson of Eustis, FL.
Lindy’s Magazine Ranks Three Tigers Lindy’s preseason magazine must feel Clemson will have a good season in 2002-03. The publication ranked three different Clemson players among the top 20 players in the nation by position. Clemson was the only ACC team to have three different players in the rankings. The publication ranked 20 players at each of the five positions, meaning Clemson is the only ACC team with three top 100 players according to Lindy’s. None of the three were top 100 players coming out of high school.
Edward Scott, named the top playrmaker in the ACC by Lindy’s, is ranked as the eighth best point guard in the nation according to the publication, while teammate Ray Henderson is ranked 19th among centers. Chris Hobbs, a junior forward, is ranked 18th in the nation among power forwards. Scott was also named first-team All-ACC by Lindy’s and was a second-team preseason all-conference choice by the ACC media at Operation Basketball in November.
Lindy’s Magazine’s Nation’s Top Point Guards
Name Hgt Cl. School 1. JasonGardner 5-10 Sr. Arizona 2. Brandin Knight 6-0 Sr. Pittsburgh 3.Kirk Hinrich 6-4 Sr. Kansas 4. Hollis Price 6-1 Sr. Oklahoma 5.Luke Ridnour 6-2 Jr. Oregon 6. T.J. Ford 5-11 So. Texas 7. ChrisThomas 6-1 So. Notre Dame 8. Edward Scott 6-2 Sr. Clemson 9. ChrisDuhon 6-1 Jr. Duke 10. Derrick Zimmerman 6-2 Sr. Mississippi State
Family Affair The name Shyatt is prevalent in the Clemson program this year. Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s enjoys the presence of his son Geoff on the Clemson roster and son Jeremy, who played in 1999-00 as a freshman, is now a manager. We have never found an instance of two sons being affiliated with a Clemson sports program on a team coached by their father in Clemson history. It may be a first in ACC history.
We do have examples of coaches producing athletic sons at Clemson this year. Brad Scott’s son Jeff is a senior on the Clemson football team, while another son, John, is a freshman football player at Harvard. Line coach Ron West has a son who had over 70 tackles as a freshman linebacker at Appalachian State, while Jack Hines has a son who played quarterback this year at UT-Martin. Jack Leggett’s son will red-shirt this year as a member of the Clemson baseball team.
Historically, Clemson has had an instance of sons of head coaches being outstanding players. Press Maravich was the head coach at Clemson from 1956-62. His son was Pistol Pete Maravich, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. Unfortunately for the Clemson basketball history, he played for his dad at LSU, not Clemson.
Hobbs, Henderson in Top 10 in Field Goal Percentage Clemson power forward Chris Hobbs has been consistent when it comes to field goal percentage over his career. He shot 56.6 percent as a freshman and was at 54.4 percent as a sophomore. For his career he has made 214 of 383 attempts, a 55.9 figure. That includes a 7-10 outing in the season opener against Wofford and a 13-18 figure for two games this year.
Clemson’s all-time list for field goal percentage requires 200 made field goals, so he has just recently qualified. His 55.7 figure is sixth in Clemson history, just behind Elden Campbell and just ahead of Murray Jarman. The only other players ahead of Hobbs currently are Harold Jamison, Horace Grant, Dale Davis and John Campbell.
Ray Henderson is also on the top 10 list. His 5-6 shooting effort at High Point moved him ahead of all-time great Tree Rollins. He fell back behind Rollins (who was at the game) against Penn State. Henderson is now at 53.87 and Rollins finished at 53.94.
The list below does not include sophomore Sharrod Ford, who has just attempted 120 shots in his career. But, he has 74 of them for a 61.7 figure, a percentage that would be a Clemson record if he had enough made field goals. He is far away from qualifying, but he is certainly off to a good start.
Clemson Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders (Minimum 200 Made)
Yrs Yrs FGM FGA PctHarold Jamison 4 1995-99 454 746 .6086 Horace Grant 4 1983-87 6601104 .5978 Dale Davis 4 1987-91 633 1076 .5882 John Campbell 41977-80 283 501 .5649 Elden Campbell 4 1986-90 754 1342 .5618 ChrisHobbs 2 2000-Pr 214 383 .5587 Murray Jarman 4 1980-84 242 440 .5500Jerry Pryor 4 1985-89 452 825 .5479 Devin Gray 4 1991-95 542 993.5458 Tree Rollins 4 1973-77 643 1192 .5394 Ray Henderson 3 2000-Pr209 388 .5387
Scott Seventh Among Active Seniors in Assists/Game Heading into his season Clemson senior Edward Scott was seventh in the nation among active seniors in assists/game. He does not lead the ACC in that area, however, as Steven Blake of Maryland is tops in that category with a 7.0 average. Blake has 751 assists in 107 games, more total assists than any active player in Division I. Scott has 434 career assists entering this year in 84 career games. Scott is eighth in total assists and seventh in assists/game among active players in Division I.
Most Assists Per Game/Active Players
Player School GP Ast A/G1. Steven Blake Maryland 107 751 7.0 2. Elliott Prausse-FreemanHarvard 79 498 6.3 3. Brandin Knight Pittsburgh 94 576 6.1 4.Guilherme Da Luz Furman 89 519 5.8 5. Marquis Sykes Morehead St. 84442 5.3 6. Kirk Hinrich Kansas 104 538 5.2 7. EdwardScott Clemson 84 434 5.2 8. DavidBailey Loyola (IL) 86 422 4.9 9. Reggie Kohn SouthFlorida 94 4544.8 10. Ravii Givens Stetson 80 381 4.8
Scott Moves to Fourth on Clemson Assist List Clemson senior guard Edward Scott now has 450 assists for his career, fourth best in Clemson history. He opened the season with six assists and just two turnovers in the win over Wofford and added 10 against just two turnovers against Wofford.
Scott had seven games of double figures in assists and 18 with eight or more as a junior, including nine of the last 13. That included the win over Wake Forest when he had a career-high 16 assists. That was one of the top five single game performances in the nation last year. That set a Clemson record for an ACC game and ranked in a tie for third best in Clemson history for a single game. It was the high total by a Tiger since the 1985-86 season when Grayson Marshall had a record 20 assists against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
It marked just the second game in ACC history a player had at least 30 points and 15 assists in the same game. Kenny Anderson had 32 points and 18 assists against Pittsburgh on Dec. 28, 1989.
Scott was improved in a number of areas last year, including scoring. He averaged 11.9 points a game for the year and had seven 20-point scoring nights, the first seven of his career. That included two 30-point games. He netted 20 points, including a career high five three-point goals, in a loss at #3 Maryland, then had 20 on 10 field goals against #1 Duke two weeks later. His top game was against Florida State when he scored 36 on Feb. 23.
“Edward Scott was terrific,” said Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He really did a good job pushing the ball up. Obviously (Tony) Stockman made a lot of shots, but I really admire what Scott did tonight.” of the 16 ACC games. He had a streak of 14 straight games at one point this year. Ironically, the streak was broken in his 36-point effort against Florida State on Feb. 23. He has now had more assists than turnovers in 35 of his last 38 games.
Scott had 25 points on 8-12 shooting in the win over LaSalle in The Virgin Islands in the second game of the year, and had 21 points and 11 assists in a victory over Elon. That was the first time since the 1998-99 season that any Clemson player had 20 points and double figures in assists in the same game. He had 17 against Virginia on January 8, his career high against an ACC opponent.
And, Scott’s rebound average of 4.9 was the best for a Clemson point guard since Choppy Patterson had a 5.0 average as the point guard in 1959-60. Scott ranked 19th in the ACC in rebounding, second best among guards behind NC State’s Anthony Grundy.
Eight times in 2001-02, Scott had at least six rebounds, assists and points in the same game, including the Maryland game of Jan. 20 when he had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Clemson Career Leaders in Assists/Game
Name Yrs Years Ast GPA/G 1. Grayson Marshall 4 1984-88 857 122 7.02 2. ChrisWhitney 2 1991-93 354 58 6.10 3. Marion Cash 2 1988-90 335 64 5.2344. Edward Scott 3 1999-02 457 87 5.25 5. Terrell McIntyre 4 1995-99577 126 4.58 6. Derrick Johnson 4 1975-79 476 111 4.29 7. LouRichie 2 1992-94 239 57 4.19 8. Chris Dodds 3 1979-82 325 83 3.929. Mike Eppley 4 1980-84 268 69 3.88 10. David Young 4 1988-92 33097 3.40
Clemson Career Leaders in Total Assists
Name Yrs Years GP A/GAst 1. Grayson Marshall 4 1984-88 122 7.02 857 2. TerrellMcIntyre 4 1995-99 126 4.58 577 3. Derrick Johnson 4 1975-79 1114.29 476 4. Edward Scott 3 1999-02 87 5.25 457 5. Bobby Conrad 41076-80 116 3.47 402 6. Marc Campbell 4 1980-84 106 3.43 364 7.Chris Whitney 2 1991-93 58 6.10 354 8. Vincent Hamilton 5 1980-85116 2.91 337 9. Marion Cash 2 1988-90 64 6.23 335
Tigers in the NBA in 2002-03 Clemson had five former players on NBA rosters in 2002-03, one of the top 20 figures in college basketball. Four of the five played on teams that participated in the NBA Playoffs.
Dale Davis (Portland Trailblazers) ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive rebounds and was 14th in overall in rebounding in 2001-02. The only Tiger basketball player in the Clemson Ring of Honor shot 70.8 percent from the foul line, a career best, and he went over 7000 points, 7000 rebounds and 1000 career blocked shots in 2001-02. He had 23 double-doubles in 2001-02, 28th best total in the NBA.
Horace Grant (Orlando Magic) finished his 14th NBA regular season in 2001-02. He has now played 1105 games, 1026 as a starter. He now has 12,747 career points and 9,202 career rebounds, more than any other former Clemson player in the NBA. He started 76 of the 82 games for Orlando last year and shot 51.3 percent from the field, the 12th time in his career he has shot at least 50 percent from the field. He is a .511 career field goal percentage shooter and owns four NBA World Championship Rings.
Elden Campbell (New Orleans Hornets) ranked 19th in the NBA in blocked shots in 2001-02. His 13.9 scoring average was his best since the 1996-97 season and his .484 field goal percentage was his best since shooting a career best .503 in 1995-96. He enters 2002-03 just 19 points short of 10,000 for his career. He shot .797 from the foul line, also a career best, and scored at least 20 points in 16 games and had 15 double-doubles.
Greg Buckner (Philadelphia Eagles) had an injury-plagued season and played just 44 games, including just one game in December and just two in February. He was in the starting lineup 16 times, however. The four-year Clemson starter shot a career-best .525 from the field and also hit nearly 70 percent from the foul line. He is now shooting 48 percent from the field and 70.3 percent from the foul line for his career.
Chris Whitney (Denver Nuggets) had his finest year as a professional, scoring a career best 10.2 points per game for the Washington Wizards. The former Clemson junior college transfer also shot 88 percent from the foul line, seventh best in the NBA. He was fourth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (3.69) and was 20th in total three-point goals made with 133. He is now a .878 career free throw shooter and needs just six three-point goals next year to reach 500 for his career.
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