According to 247 sports, Zion Williamson was a near lock to commit to Clemson. 87% of 247’s experts predicted Williamson to commit to the Tigers and play for Brad Brownell. Instead, Williamson decided to surprise everyone and commit to Duke and play for Coach K. After swinging and missing on Williamson, Brad Brownell and the Clemson coaching staff will look to bounce back and establish Clemson’s recruiting prowess.
Here is a list of three elite recruits that Brownell and his staff should go after.
Christian Brown- 2019 SF (Virginia)
Christian Brown is an athletic small forward who has an extremely well rounded game. Brown is proficient at getting to the rim and is able to use his craftiness to finish. The South Carolina native is also able to stretch the floor and make jumpshots, when its necessary. Brown has visited Clemson many different times, his most recent being August 31st of this year. Brown said that his last visit to Clemson was “good.” If Brad Brownell is able to land Brown, it would mark the Tigers’ second top 100 recruit in the 2019 class (the other being Chase Hunter).
Sharife Cooper-2020 PG (Georgia)
With Marcquise Reed graduating after this season, the Tigers will have some big shoes to fill. Insert Sharife Cooper. Cooper has great floor vision that allows him to facilitate and involve his teammates. While landing Cooper may sound like a stretch to some, it’s not. Cooper has stated that his recruitment is 100% open. Nabbing Cooper would do wonders for the Clemson basketball program
John Butler-2021 C (South Carolina)
John Butler is a player that will need some molding. The Center stands at 6’11”, but just 180 pounds. He’ll need to add muscle to his frame to handle ACC competition, but he has time as he is a 2021 recruit. For his height, Butler has an uncanny ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. When it’s all said and done, it wouldn’t surprise me if Butler became more of a stretch four instead of a center. It is likely that Butler will spend much of his time as a freshman on the bench, but he has potential to be a great four-year college player. He is the #1 player in South Carolina and plays at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, SC.