Brad Brownell announced that PG Ty Hudson will transfer from Clemson. The once highly-touted recruit from Mableton, GA has not been a major contributor in his first two years at Clemson, but was set to be a key reserve next season.
In the Moving Forward segment of our basketball season recap we discussed Avry Holmes’ departure and how underrated he was all year. While noting his major contributions, we thought we had the depth to handle it.
That changes a bit with Hudson now leaving the program. DeVoe will be forced to play some at PG and the health of Shelton Mitchell, who is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery over the offseason, becomes even more paramount.
The Tigers must get contributions from some combination of A.J. Oliver, Clyde Trapp, and Scott Spencer to backfill this loss of depth or they will likely struggle to compete in the ACC.
The Tigers will also need quite a few things to break in their favor to put together a successful season:
- Rapid emergence of David Skara or Aamir Simms as a starter (presumably at PF unless Grantham is able to add muscle and improve rebounding to move to PF and allow the younger guys to play more SF)
- Major strides from rising senior Donte Grantham. With the scoring leaving with Jaron Blossomgame and the rebounding leaving with Sidy Djitte, Grantham will need to contribute more in both areas.
- Great injury luck with PG Shelton Mitchell (who will no longer have Avry Holmes or Ty Hudson to back him up) and Elijah Thomas (who will only have Legend Robertin to spell him as a true center)
If Brownell can manage to put it together with this roster, he may have what it takes to right the ship. It will be interesting, if nothing else.