CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell didn't think last year's team was as bad as its next-to-last preseason projection in the Atlantic Coast Conference. And he doesn't believe the bottom will drop out for his 23-win Tigers this season with the early departure of star K.J. McDaniels for the NBA.
"I don't know if you'll see a guy do what K.J. did. It's awfully hard to become all-ACC in this league," Brownell said. "But I certainly think you'll see guys that develop."
They'll need to develop in many areas to make up for McDaniels, the ACC's defensive player of the year now with the Philadelphia 76ers. He led the Tigers, who improved from 13-18 in 2012-13 to 23-13 last season, with 17 points and seven rebounds a game. He had 100 blocks to lead the ACC and a team-best 41 steals.