CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell says he is disappointed in former Tiger Jaron Blossomgame, whose name appeared in documents during an ongoing college basketball corruption trial.
Blossomgame allegedly received $350 from aspiring agent Christian Dawkins, a defendant on trial in New York for his role in the corruption scandal.
Brownell said Wednesday that has he talked with Blossomgame, a former all-Atlantic Coast Conference forward, to let him know how he felt about the situation.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After Clemson's best NCAA Tournament run in 21 years, Brad Brownell believes his team is ready to keep winning.
"I'd like to think that we learned some things this year that will help us going forward," the coach said Thursday.
Some wondered if Brownell would ever reach this point at Clemson. The eighth-year coach had several tantalizing moments when it appeared the Tigers were ready to break through and remain among upper half of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame cast a large shadow on the Clemson basketball program the past couple of seasons, one coach Brad Brownell hopes his upperclassmen eclipse this season.
The Tigers were heavily reliant on all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer Blossomgame in recent seasons. The 6-foot-6 forward led the team in points, blocked shots and focus from defenders throughout the league.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson
Last season: 17-16, sixth straight season without an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Coach: Brad Brownell.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Jaron Blossomgame (senior), G Avry Holmes (senior), F-C Sidy Djitte (senior).
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell believed his team needed some bulk and experience inside for this upcoming season. He thinks he's got it in transfers David Skara and Mark Donnal.
Skara is a 6-foot-8 transfer from Valparaiso who sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Donnal is a 6-9 graduate transfer who played his first three seasons at Michigan.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Michigan forward Mark Donnal is going to play his final season at Clemson.
The 6-foot-9 Donnal posted on Twitter that he had a "great" four years with the Wolverines, but was excited about an opportunity with Clemson men's basketball.
Donnal, whose post included a photo of him in a cap and gown, can play immediately as a graduate transfer. Donnal will add size to a team that lost its top two rebounders in Sidy Djitte and Jaron Blossomgame.
NEW YORK (AP) — North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried and star guard Dennis Smith Jr. walked off the floor together at Barclays Center, the coach with his arm around the waist of the potential lottery pick.
Their season did not go as planned. The fired coach definitely won't be back and player is probably gone, too. The finale of a brief and disappointing era in for N.C. State was, fittingly, another dud.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Avry Holmes just felt he needed to stop worrying and just shoot when he buried three 3-pointers in the final 93 seconds of the first half to push Clemson to an 82-68 win over Boston College on Saturday.
The senior point guard thinks that same philosophy could propel the disappointing Tigers (16-14, 6-12 Atlantic Coast) to an unprecedented five wins in five days to win the ACC tournament next week after tumbling off the NCAA tournament bubble.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame wasn't sure if he were happier at winning or finally succeeding in an Atlantic Coast Conference that came down the wire.
"It feels very, very good," a smiling Blossomgame said. "We've played well all year, but have just come down on the tough side of things."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Kamari Murphy scored a career-high 15 points to lead Miami to a 71-65 victory over Clemson Saturday afternoon.
Bruce Brown's 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining gave the Hurricanes a 67-61 lead. Davon Reed converted four free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win for Miami. Reed finished with 14 points.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Marcquise Reed says it took one more close loss to point Clemson toward another win over Wake Forest.
Reed said the Tigers' 64-62 defeat at No. 12 Duke last Saturday — when Clemson rallied from 14 points down and had a chance to tie or win in the final seconds — gave the players the belief their season was far from over despite their run of heart-breaking losses in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clemson spent the latter portion of its week off going through two-a-day practices and mentally hitting the reset button following six straight losses in the meat grinder that is the ACC.
"We understand we're a good team still," forward Jaron Blossomgame said. "This conference is crazy. We understand to beat the good teams we just had to sharpen up a little."
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell was happy to welcome his former team to Littlejohn Coliseum. He was just as pleased it's now behind him.
Brownell's Tigers got 20 points from Jaron Blossomgame to win their eighth straight game, 87-73 on Wednesday night over UNC Wilmington, where Brownell started his head-coaching career.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A victory outside the ACC that will catch the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee's attention is rare for Clemson. To get it over the Tigers' bitter in-state rival is even better.
Jaron Blossomgame had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 62-60 victory over No. 22 South Carolina in a game Wednesday night where neither team led by more than four points.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame scored a season-high 29 points to Clemson to a 93-65 victory over S.C. State on Tuesday to increase the Tigers' win streak to five games.
The Tigers (7-2) shook off a sluggish first half and a defensive effort that wasn't up to coach Brad Brownell's standard to outscore the Bulldogs by 29 points in the second half.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell was pleased his team finally did well in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He was also happy to beef up the Tigers early season resume for when decisions are made in March.
Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points, Donte Grantham had a tiebreaking free throw and the Tigers held on despite a wild final stretch for a 60-58 win over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame scored a season-high 27 points, four other Clemson players scored in double figures and the Tigers held off High Point 83-74 on Friday night.
Donte Grantham and Avry Holmes added 13 points each to help Clemson (3-2) end a two-game losing skid.
"A little harder fought win than we would've liked down the stretch," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said, "but I thought our guys played with really good offensive confidence."
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Woodard scored 21 points and handed out nine assists Sunday to help Oklahoma hold off Clemson 70-64 in the third-place game of the Tire Pros Invitational.
Christian James had 17 points, including three critical 3-pointers late in the game, and Kameron McGusty added 14 points for Oklahoma (3-1).
Jaron Blossomgame had 19 points for Clemson (2-2), while Sidy Djitte scored 14 to go with 14 rebounds and Marquise Reed added 10 points.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — J.P. Macura doesn't know why but for some reason his shot hadn't been falling quite right during Xavier's first couple of games.
But that changed — quickly — during the 11-ranked Musketeers' 83-77 victory over Clemson on Friday in the second round of the Tire Pros Invitational. The junior guard hit his first 3-pointer in the first 58 seconds, then exchanged a little trash talk with Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame. It was on from there.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson enjoyed every bit of its highest-scoring game in seven years.
Avry Holmes scored 22 points, Jaron Blossomgame added 17 and Clemson defeated Davidson 95-78 on Thursday in the opening game of the Tire Pros Invitational.
It was Clemson's best point total since scoring 102 against Winthrop on Nov. 23, 2009. Gabe DeVoe added 16 for the Tigers (2-0), who shot 52 percent.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke has been picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title ahead of North Carolina, Virginia and Louisville.
Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen was selected the preseason player of the year by a wide margin over Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame, while North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was voted rookie of the year.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — New faces, new building. Same old quest for the Clemson Tigers.
The men's basketball team has not made the NCAA Tournament since coach Brad Brownell's first year in 2011, which ended a program-record run of four straight bids to the Big Dance. Since then, it's been close but no cigar for the Tigers despite winning 10 games in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference and had a first-team all-ACC performer in both 2014 and 2016.