Four-star 2017 guard A.J. Oliver has verbally committed to Clemson, he told Scout late Monday evening.
“After a while I talked to my family and I talked to some of my teammates and both of my coaches, I think it came down to Clemson,” Oliver said. “That’s where I’m headed.”
“The real reason probably was because it was close to home,” he added. “I felt like I could stay here and be the guy at home and put the Tigers back where we should be and back in the NCAA championship and help them win a title.”
Oliver had narrowed his list of schools down to Clemson, College of Charleston and Texas Tech. Oliver had taken an unofficial visit to College of Charleston and has spent quite a bit of time on Clemson’s campus because his mother is the head women’s coach.
“Not really,” he said when asked if his moms job factored into his decision. “Because she was always on the road, but mainly it was just them being able to get in touch and them always seeing me on some of my off days when I didn’t have school or a break. It was mainly just that staff and the players.”
Last year, Oliver was just trying to reel in college interest, he wasn’t expecting to make an early college choice.
“Honestly a year ago, I did not know I was going to go to college at Clemson,” he said. “A year ago I wasn’t thinking about it and I was trying to get noticed and I was going to wait it out a lot longer. But I couldn’t do it. The three schools I had were perfect fits for me.”
“Then it came down to the decision, probably two or three weeks ago and I realized I wanted to go to Clemson,” Oliver added.
The Central (S.C.) Daniel standout is currently regarded as the No. 73 overall prospect and the No. 16 shooting guard in the 2016 recruiting class.
“I’m an energy guy,” Oliver said. “I can shoot it and shoot it very well. I try to play defense very hard. The one thing that I bring to the table is energy. The one thing that Clemson is getting in me is an energy guy.”
Oliver is Clemson’s first 2017 pledge of the class.