Phenom Hoop Report got a chance to cover yet another ACC team, as we headed down to Clemson, SC to check in on the Tigers as they hosted Presbyterian. Both teams filled with Phenom Hoops’ Alums, it was a treat to see how much these players have grown.
In the end, Clemson had too much firepower and had the outside shot falling, securing a 79-45 victory at home. But we did get a glimpse into what each team has this year, as we provide three takeaways from the game.
Check them out below.
John Newman III looking to make his name known in the ACC
Coming from Greensboro, Newman (who is only a sophomore) has shown early on that he is looking to make his mark in the ACC. As a freshman, Newman slowly started to adjust to the college level but also giving fans a taste of his game. Newman is a unique prospect, as he played a bigger position in high school but now is showing his full arsenal. Listed as a forward, his ability to play inside and out, use his awareness in transition, and finish is impressive. He started the season off in style vs. Virginia Tech with 15 points and continued that against Presbyterian, finishing with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in the win. Watch out, this sophomore is ready to role this season for Clemson.
Despite the losses from last year, Presbyterian has some intriguing player to watch for this year
With the loss of a few seniors and Big South freshman of the year Adam Flagler, who transferred to Baylor, there were a few question marks heading into the season. Even though the Blue Hose were overmatched against the Tigers, Presbyterian has a few younger guys to watch for, as well as a senior that could make his mark in conference play. J.C. Younger, a senior, is one that has experience and can score in an array of ways, whether it is putting on the deck or knocking down jumpers. Also like what we saw from sophomore Chris Martin. The Charlotte native point guard got the start and after averaging 5.0 points per game, he seems to be getting a little more aggressive on the offensive end. Lastly, 6’7 versatile forward Cory Hightower also is a name to watch in the Big South this year. He plays multiple positions for the Blue Hose and can really be a consistent double-double type guy.
With the roster Clemson has, outside shooting will be key this year
With Clemson’s starting five and with their roster, they don’t have a ton of options and size down low to compete with teams but they do have options that can spread the floor at all five positions. Against Virginia Tech, Clemson struggled from behind the arc, going 7-for-29 (24 percent) and eventually coming up short 67-60. Against Presbyterian though, the basket got a little bigger and nine players took an attempt from behind the arc. The Tigers have the roster to spread teams out defensively and have multiple perimeter shooters at the same time, but they also depend on them falling. Against Presbyterian, they finished with 14 3-pointers (only scored 32 points in the paint) in the win.