CLEMSON, S.C. – One week after being named to the 2017 ACC All-Freshman Team by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel, Clemson’s Kobi Thornton has now also been named to the same team, as voted on by the league’s 15 head coaches.
Last week, Thornton helped lead the Tigers to a 67-66 win over Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the Clemson program’s first conference tournament win since 2014. Against the Hokies, Thornton scored 13 points on a 5-for-10 field goal shooting performance and also added seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
On the season, the native of Shellman, Ga. finished fourth on the Clemson team in scoring average (9.0 ppg) and second in rebounding average (5.7 rpg). She led the team in blocked shots, with 35 (1.3 bpg) and also in field goal percentage (.536, 98-183).
Thornton is the first Clemson player to earn ACC All-Freshman Team honors since Nikki Dixon claimed the league’s rookie award in 2012, and the first in Head Coach Audra Smith’s four-year tenure with the Tigers. Smith’s Tigers concluded the 2016-17 season in the ACC Tournament Second Round last week, finishing with a 15-16 overall record, 11 more wins than a year ago.
April 10, 2021