April 5, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. – Former Clemson All-American Horace Grant scored a season high 26 points Tuesday night, leading the Seattle Supersonics to a 106-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Grant became the fourth former Clemson player to score at least 25 points in an NBA game since March 18. This year seven former Clemson players are in the NBA, six of whom have started at one point or another this year. This is the most former Tigers in the NBA in any one season in history.
Grant made 13-17 shots from the field, including his first 10 attempts of the game in leading the Supersonics to victory. Clemson’s only ACC MVP (1986-87) in history also had 12 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in his 39 minutes of work. For the year, Grant is averaging 8.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
On April 1, Elden Campbell led the Charlotte Hornets to a 90-87 win over the Chicago Bulls by scoring 25 points. He shot 10-16 from the field and also had nine rebounds in his second highest scoring game of the year. Clemson’s all-time leading scorer, who was a first-team All-ACC player in 1989-90 and is Clemson’s career scoring leader, had 27 against Washington on Feb. 5, 2000. For the season, Campbell is scoring 12.9 points and pulling in 7.8 rebounds per game. He has 137 blocked shots for the year, 10th in the NBA.
Chris Whitney of the Washington Wizzards had a career high 29 points against the Dallas Mavericks on March 25th. A two-year starter and All-ACC player for the Tigers from 1991-93, Whitney played all 48 minutes in that contest and shot 11-20 from the field. He also had five rebounds and three three-point goals. For the season, Whitney is averaging 7.1 points, 3.4 assists and is shooting 35.5 percent from the three-point line. Whitney had 18 points in a Washington victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday evening.
Greg Buckner, who led Clemson to three NCAA Tournament appearances from 1996-98, had a career high 25 points against the Boston Celtics on March 18. He hit 9-12 shots from the field, including 5-6 three-point shots in 32 minutes against the Celtics. For the year, Buckner is averaging 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. He is shooting 10-24, 42 percent, on three-point shots for the year.
Dale Davis has been suffering from a leg injury of late, but the Indiana Pacers starting forward has averaged 10 points and 9.7 rebounds a game this year. The three-time ACC rebound champion (1988-90) is eighth in the league in rebounding. He had eight rebounds in the NBA All-Star game back in February.
Two other former Tigers in the NBA are Harold Jamison and Devin Gray. Jamison has played in nine games with the Miami Heat and has scored 15 points. He had his best game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 21 when he had eight rebounds and six points in 17 minutes. Seven of his eight rebounds were offensive. Jamison was on three NCAA teams and an NIT finalist at Clemson from 1995-99. Gray, a forward with the Houston Rockets who played at Clemson from 1991-95,, has started two games and played in 21 overall. he has averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.
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