November 11, 2002
|1993||5-11 (7)||17-13||NIT 2nd Round|
|1994||6-10 (7)||18-16||NIT 2nd Round|
|1995||5-11 (6)||15-13||NIT 1st Round|
|1996||7-9 (6)||18-11||NCAA 1st Round|
|1997||9-7 (4)||23-10||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1998||7-9 (4)||18-14||NCAA 1st Round|
|1999||5-11 (7)||19-14||NIT Runner-up|
x won ACC title
- returning starter
Ed Scott has developed from a freshman with bad feet into a legitimate ACC point guard. Last season, he led the Tigers in scoring four times and in assists 26 times. He reached double-digit assists seven times, with a high of 16 against Wake Forest. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds per game, the third-best average on the team. Scott is more effective at a faster pace. He averaged 11.9 points overall, 13.3 in ACC games. With the departure of moody wing guard Tony Stockman, who often frustrated teammates with his shot selection, Scott is expected to flourish this season.
Other Key Returnees
Ray Henderson and Chris Hobbs give the Tigers plenty of beef inside. Coach Larry Shyatt is hoping extra work on defense in the offseason will cut down on the number of silly fouls Henderson and Hobbs have committed in the past. Last season, Hobbs fouled out of five ACC games and Henderson was disqualified in three. Both shot better than 54 percent from the field last season, and they combined to average almost 15 rebounds per game. Of the two, Hobbs is the smoother offensive player who needs to extend his range, and Henderson is the better rebounder. In ACC play last season, Henderson averaged 8.3 rebounds in 24.6 minutes. If the Tigers are going to escape from the ACC basement, they need Hobbs and Henderson to get more minutes and to approach 60 percent from the field.
One thing is certain: Writers covering the Tigers this season will need to keep their rosters handy at all times. The newcomers are power forward Akin Akingbala, wing forward Julian Betko, wing forward Ori Ichaki (still waiting on NCAA clearance) and Shawan Robinson. Robinson is the lone American in the group. Akingbala has the reputation of a shotblocker, but at 6-9, 220 he has some beefing up to do and probably will be redshirted. Betko brings with him an unbelievable statistic 58 percent from behind the arc as a prep senior. Can he shoot over more athletic defenders, create a shot off the dribble or play defense? Time will tell. Ichaki is a 21-year-old former Israeli soldier who averaged 17 points per game for his national team. Robinson, the son of a coach, can play the point or shooting guard. He was the MVP of the 2002 North Carolina High School All-Star game.
Also Worth Noting
All seats at the 5,000-seat Civic Center of Anderson will be general admission. After having just one senior in each of the last three seasons, the Tigers have five (including walk-ons) this year. The ACC returns just four of its top 21 scorers from last season. Two of the four, Scott and Hobbs, play for the Tigers. Clemson led the league in rebounding margin (+5.1) last season. Sharrod Ford set a team record for field-goal percentage (60.6) by a freshman last season. Shyatt's youngest son, Geoff, a star soccer player at D.W. Daniel High School, is on this year's basketball roster.
CHART BY: THE CLEMSON INSIDER