April 11, 2001
Clemson, SC – Jemere Hendrix, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Covington, GA, has signed with the Clemson men’s basketball program, head coach Larry Shyatt announced Wednesday. Hendrix is the fifth and final member of Clemson’s 2001-02 freshman class, a group ranked among the best in the nation by many analysts.
Hendrix played his high school basketball at East Side High School and averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest this past season. He also blocked three shots per game and helped his team to the second round of the state championship tournament. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior. He had a career high of 28 rebounds in a game as a junior.
“Bobby Hussey and Darren Tillis both did an outstanding job in recruiting Jemere,” said Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt. “They were impressed with his athleticism and his versatility. When I saw him late in the season I was also impressed with his outside shot. He is very well liked in his community. I hope he will continue to grow. He is only 17 and already has a size-16 shoe. There is additional growth potential.”
Shyatt was pleased with his recruiting class overall. “We certainly have been trying to increase our athletic and overall offensive ability in the last two classes and I think we have taken steps in the right direction. The five prospects we have coming in for next year will raise our level of play in a very difficult league.
“We were faced with a size issue and we have addressed that with this class. All five of these players can help us early in their careers.”
Clemson signed four players in the fall. Those players are Sharrod Ford, a 6-9, 210-pound forward from Accokeek, MD, Olu Babalola, a 6-6, 245-pound forward from London, England, Chey Christie, a 6-4, 170-pound wing player from Biloxi, MS, and Steve Allen, a 6-10 center from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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