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Record: 16-8 (10-6 ACC)
Points per game: 64.9
Rebounds per game: 32.6
Assists per game: 13.3
Points allowed: 61.9
Top Performers 2020-21:
Points per game: Aamir Simms (13.4)
Rebounds per game: Aamir Simms (6.4)
Assists per game: Aamir Simms (2.7)
Field goal percentage: Aamir Simms (53.2)
Replacing Aamir Simms
It isn’t going to be easy for the Tigers to replace what Simms did for them as a program. He was a matchup nightmare and clearly had an impact in so many ways on the floor for Clemson over the past few years. So, who could look to replace his production? There isn’t a player on the roster like Simms’ game but they do have a few forwards that should offer some help. Hunter Tyson is a senior and fully understands what is needed from him. He saw some good production in just 17 minutes of action, averaging 7.5ppg, 4.2 rpg, and shot 43 percent from three. PJ Hall could be in line for a breakout season after getting his feet wet in Year 1 at Clemson. The 6’10 prospect brings a nice strong frame and is efficient down in the post; moves very well for his size. Also, have to look at incoming freshman Ian Schieffelin. Watching him on multiple occasions, his blend of size (6’8), ability to create and stretch the floor, and ability to operate inside and out makes him very intriguing as a young prospect.
Watch out for the backcourt this season
The strength for the Tigers looks to be in the backcourt. Al-Amir Dawes returns after starting 15 games and averaging 9.0ppg. The junior has a ton of experience and should only continue to see his production/ minutes increase. Nick Honor also played a key role on both sides of the floor, as the 5’10 guard from Fordham had a good first year and should only take another step with this program. Former USF guard David Collins is another one to watch as he averaged double-figures in all four years with the Bulls. The 6’4 guard scan knock down shot and really create opportunities at the free throw line, so expect him to come in and contribute immediately as well for the Tigers.
Starting out strong and continuing
Clemson has had strong starts to their season over the recent years and they could be looking to do the same once again. But will they be able to sustain that? We shall see. But their first games are manageable early on, including their play in the Charleston Classic and ACC/Big Ten matchup. Seven of their non-conference games will be played at home, including against South Carolina in December. They will still be located in South Carolina for the Charleston Classic, so expect Tiger fans to come rolling through the doors as well. With only two true road games, Clemson has a chance to get out to a strong start in non-conference play but will they be able to do it when ACC play comes around?
Key Stat to Watch:
Clemson was strong at home, going 11-1 overall and 8-1 in conference play in Littlejohn. However, they finished 2-5 in away games (2-5 also in ACC road games) and went 3-2 in neutral site games. Will they be able to improve that record this upcoming season?