2018-19 Basketball News
CLEMSON vs. WICHITA STATE
• The Clemson Tigers will look to advance to the third round of the NIT for the first time since 2014 when it challenges Wichita State. Tipoff from Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.
• The contest will be televised on ESPN with Mike Morgan and LaPhonso Ellis calling the action courtside, while Don Munson and Tim Bourret will be on the radio waves. The radio call will be available on the Clemson Tigers Network and Tunein.com.
• Live stats will be provided on ClemsonTigers.com and Twitter updates will be available on Clemson’s official account (@ClemsonMBB).
• Clemson will look to advance to the third round of the NIT for the second time in its last three NIT tournaments.
• Clemson is in its 17th NIT. The program has an 19-16 record all-time in the event and advanced to the championship final twice previously (1999, 2007).
• Clemson is 13-4 in Littlejohn Coliseum in the NIT, having won 13-of-its-last-14 at home heading into today’s contest.
• Clemson enters today having won nine-of-its-last-14 games, including five-of-its-last-seven.
• Marcquise Reed is one of just two players in the country to average at least 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season. His 19.5 points per game average is the most since Will Solomon in 2000-01 (19.7) and third-most by a Clemson player since Horace Grant during his senior season (21.0 ppg) in 1986-87.
• With five more points, three more assists and one more rebound – Reed would become just the third active player to amass 2,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 350 career assists and 200 career steals. He would become the 23rd player since the 1992-93 season to achieve those marks in his career.
• Reed jumped into 12th on the all-time scoring list. Reed now has 1,466 points in his Clemson career. He could become the 20th active player to amass 2,000 career points in NCAA Division I (1,995).
• Thomas has accumulated 151 total blocks since the start of the 2017-18 season. He is one of just six total players nationally to amass at least 150 in that span and sits second on that list.
• Aamir Simms was named to the 2018-19 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team on Friday, March 8.
• Marcquise Reed earned 2019 All-ACC Third Team honors, while Elijah Thomas was named 2019 All-ACC Honorable Mention and also landed on the 2019 All-ACC Defensive Team.
• Brad Brownell announced the signing of three student-athletes for the 2019-20 season: Al-Amir Dawes, Chase Hunter and Alex Hemenway. To view the release in its entirety, click HERE.
For the 2018-19 season, Clemson Athletics will implement walk-thru metal detectors at all entrances to Littlejohn Coliseum. Fans will be required to remove keys, cell phones, cameras and other electronics from their pockets prior to walking through metal detectors. Shoes, coins, wallets, belts and jewelry will not need to be removed. Fans who either have a relevant medical condition or do not feel comfortable walking through the metal detectors can notify event staff and participate in an alternative screening process. The addition of the walk-thru metal detectors will result in additional time need to enter Littlejohn Coliseum, so please plan accordingly. Clemson officials will be working throughout the season to ensure that this additional time is kept to a minimum.
As a reminder, the clear bag policy will also continue to be in effect… see graphic below 👇👇👇
Beginning Nov. 4, S.C. Highway 93 on Clemson’s main campus will be reduced to one lane from College Avenue to Williamson Road due to an ongoing campus utility project. Only westbound traffic toward Williamson will be allowed to travel through this area. Please plan accordingly and allow additional travel time on your way to campus and on your drive back home. Sidewalks will also be closed adjacent to Highway 93 in this area. Highway 93 will be restored to four lanes of traffic during all home football game days. This project will continue into 2019.
2018-19 CLEMSON BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
PREVIOUS GAME RECAP: Clemson 75, Wright State 69
• During the Tigers’ road trip to Syracuse, Lyles Davis was awarded a scholarship by head coach Brad Brownell.
• Davis, a fourth-year walk-on in the Tigers program is known as a relentless worker and one of the most respected players on the roster.
• The pre-business major hails from Charleston, S.C. and attended James Island Charter High School where he was a three-time captain and helped lead them to a Region 7-AAAA title in 2014-15.
• Coach Brownell began his meeting speaking to the team about what it’s like to be a coach and to see player development first hand. Not just on the court, but in all aspects of life.
• Brownell concluded his speech with, “Something cool is about to happen…” That something cool was announcing that Davis would be on scholarship for his last semester in school.
• Last Spring, Davis was awarded the “Academic Excellence” Award, presented each year at the Tigers’ basketball banquet by academic advisor Leslie Moreland-Bishop.
• Davis is also a two-time winner of the “Man of the Month” Award, presented montly by director of basketball strength and conditioning Mike Bewley.
• The award is graded out over the course of a month and on a weekly basis. Each student-athlete is graded after each practice session by their position coach, after each strength session by coach Bewley and twice per week academically.
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