Previewing Clemson
Milton Jennings

Posted Feb 9, 2013


Clemson comes in to Sunday's game against NC State fresh off a tough loss at Virginia. Here is a quick preview of the Tigers.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G 12 Rod Hall (6-1, 210 SO) 6.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG
    G 21 Damarcus Harrison (6-4, 200 SO) 5.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG
    F 32 K.J. McDaniels (6-6, 200 SO) 11.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG
    F 24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225 SR) 10.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG
    C 31 Devin Booker (6-8, 250 SR) 12.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG

    STAR WATCH
    Devin Booker -- One of the ACC's most athletic big men, Booker leads Clemson in scoring and rebounding during his senior season.

    Booker had a career-high 27 points in the first meeting with NC State. He made a career-best 13 field goals on 18 attempts, and played all but one minute at PNC Arena.


    Clemson Notables


    • Clemson and NC State will meet for the second time this season, and for the 147th time in series history. NC State holds the all-time advantage, 98-48, and won earlier this season in Raleigh, 66-62, on Jan. 20.

    • Clemson is coming off a pair of road losses to Boston College and Virginia, but has won four straight at Littlejohn Coliseum over ACC foes entering Sunday’s game.

    • NC State has lost three straight, the last two without injured starting point guard Lorenzo Brown against the ACC’s top two teams, Miami and Duke.

    • The Wolfpack won the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 20, a 66-62 final margin after Clemson had tied it late on two occasions.

    • Clemson has won four straight at home over NC State, including last year in overtime. The last Wolfpack win at Littlejohn was in 2005-06, when Herb Sendek’s team prevailed 94-85 in double overtime.

    • Devin Booker had a career-high 27 points in the first meeting with NC State. He made a career-best 13 field goals on 18 attempts, and played all but one minute at PNC Arena.

    • Sunday’s game will feature two of the ACC’s top rebounders. In fact, NC State’s Richard Howell (3.9) and Clemson’s Booker (3.2) rank one and two in the conference in terms of offensive rebounds per game. Howell is one of two players in the ACC averaging a double-double.

    • Booker is now 15th in Clemson history with 672 career rebounds, and needs just eight to move into 14th place.

    • Rod Hall had his top game of the season at NC State on Jan. 20. He scored 16 points and was 7-for-13 from the field, scoring 12 of his 16 after halftime.

    • K.J. McDaniels was Clemson’s only double figure scorer in Thursday’s lopsided defeat at Virginia. The sophomore posted 10 points, the 13th time in 22 games he has recorded double figures in the scoring column. That figure is second on the team behind only Booker.

    • Bernard Sullivan has scored in four straight appearances, shooting 6-of-9 from the field during that stretch.

    • Jordan Roper has been Clemson’s top freshman scorer each of the last two games, posting 11 at Boston College before tallying eight last time out at Virginia.

    Scouting The Wolfpack
    NC State comes into Sunday’s game with a 16-7 overall record, 5-5 in the ACC. The Wolfpack have lost three straight games, two by three points or less. In fact, of State’s five conference losses, four have been by three points or less.

    The Wolfpack have played the last two games without the conference’s top assist man, Lorenzo Brown. He was injured at Virginia and sat out games against Miami, who won on a last second tip-in, and at Duke, who defeated the ‘Pack 98-85 on Thursday. Brown is also NC State’s No. 3 scorer at 12.7 points per game.

    C.J. Leslie averages a team-best 15.7 points per game, one of five players averaging double figures for Mark Gottfried’s squad. Richard Howell is second at 13.3 points per game and averages a double-double with 10.8 boards per contest. T.J. Warren, who had 24 in the first meeting with Clemson, averages 11.9 points per game and shoots 62 percent from the field. Scott Wood is the fifth player in double figures at 11.6 per game.

    Gottfried has compiled a record of 318-175 in his 16th season overall, and is 40-20 in his second season with the Wolfpack.

    Statistical Streaks & Trends
    • Devin Booker has posted double figures in seven of Clemson’s 10 ACC games. He needs just one more to tie his individual season high of eight double figure games (which he achieved as both sophomore and junior).

    • Booker has had 14 offensive rebounds over the last two games alone and now needs just five to reach 250 for his career.

    • Milton Jennings has had three 20 & 10 games (at least 20 points and 10 rebounds) in his career, and two of them came within the first half of Clemson’s home ACC schedule.

    • K.J. McDaniels has had at least one blocked shot in 12 straight games for the Tigers.

    • Adonis Filer has scored in 21 of the Tigers’ 22 games and is Clemson’s top freshman scorer on average (7.3 ppg). He is on pace to be Clemson’s best scoring freshman since Demontez Stitt and Terrence Oglesby both averaged at least 8.8 points per game as rookies in 2007-08.

    • Jordan Roper has scored eight or more points in consecutive games, starting with an 11-point outing at Boston College on Feb. 2.

    • Bernard Sullivan has made a field goal in four straight appearances, and is shooting 6-for-9 from the field during that stretch.

    Booker Had Big Night Against NC State In First Meeting
    Clemson senior Devin Booker started his senior campaign off right with what was then a personal high of 19 points against an ACC team on Jan. 5 against Florida State. It took him 15 days to shatter that mark. Booker scored 27 points and made 13-of-18 field goals at NC State in a game the Tigers dropped by a final score of 66-62.

    Consider the following accomplishments by the Tigers’ starting center against NC State:

    • His 27 points eclipsed previous career-high of 22 vs. East Tennessee State

    • Most points by a Tiger since Andre Young scored 29 last season against Georgia Tech

    • Most points by a Tiger against a ranked opponent since K.C. Rivers had 28 in the 2008 ACC Championship Game against No. 1 North Carolina

    • Most field goals by a Tiger since K.C. Rivers had 13 against Liberty in 2008-09

    • Most field goals by a Tiger post player since Elden Campbell’s 13 against Mercer in 1987-88

    • More field goals in a game than his brother, Trevor, had during stellar career at Clemson; Trevor’s high was 12 in a game vs. Furman as a senior in 2009-10

    Booker’s Field Goal Percentage Near All-Time High
    One of the strengths of senior Devin Booker’s game has been finishing around the rim this season. The Tigers’ starting center leads the team with a .548 field goal percentage, the second-best accuracy of his career. His previous best was a .561 figure in 2009-10 as a freshman, when he only attempted 107 field goals the entire season.

    Booker Fourth Among Active ACC Players In Rebounds
    Senior center Devin Booker is fourth among active players in the ACC with 672 career rebounds. Mason Plumlee is first with 962 boards, followed by Richard Howell (924) and Reggie Johnson (769).

    Booker averaged a team-high 7.0 per game in 2011-12 as a junior, and leads this year’s squad with an 8.0 per game figure.

    Seniors Approaching Statistical Milestones
    Clemson seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings both continue to approach statistical milestones on a career basis.

    • Booker needs 8 rebounds to pass Chris Hobbs for 14th all-time in Clemson history

    • Booker needs 41 points to pass Colon Abraham for 33rd all-time in Clemson history

    • Jennings needs 37 rebounds to pass Raymond Jones for 25th all-time in Clemson history

    Jennings Leads Tigers in Three-Point Shooting
    While Clemson has a 6-foot-6 player leading the team in blocked shots, the Tigers have a 6-foot-9 player leading in three-point shooting and three-point goals made. Senior Milton Jennings has made 30-of-78 three-point shots this season for a .385 percentage. That includes 16-for-44 through 10 ACC games.

    Jennings’ 30 made three-point goals are a single-season personal high, the fourth-best single-season mark in school history for a player 6-foot-9 or taller. Andrius Jurkunas had three seasons with at least 40 made three-point goals during his career between 1995-2000.

    Jennings is already second to Jurkunas in career three-point goals by players 6-9 or taller. Jennings is 76-of-240 in his career, while Jurkunas made 146-of-414.


    Clemson athletics contributed to this report.



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