ACC media ponders Brownell's arrival

CHARLOTTE - As the media herded from table to table at the annual ACC Operation Basketball, the questions for Clemson point guards Demontez Stitt and Andre Young were pretty consistent.

Audio from Operation Basketball:

Demontez Stitt: (9:09)
Andre Young: (4:16)

Brad Brownell, the young, unknown
coach from Wright State, who is he? What's he like? How different is his system from what Oliver Purnell took to DePaul?

Do you even like this guy?

Six months into the Brownell-era, it's been a pleasant surprise for the holdovers from Purnell's last Clemson team.

If the gains on the recruiting trail are any indication, Brownell has made favorable impressions both on and off the court during his first few months on the job.

"We all expected the new coach to come in and be somebody that's trying to buckle down on us, since he's the new guy," Stitt said. "He's been a good coach. He's been hands on, teaching us a lot on and off the court. He's a good guy."

Brownell's on the court court philosophy is night and day compared to what Purnell employed during his six-year stay at Clemson.

"He's really emphasizing the importance of possession. He's really emphasizing that we need to take care of the ball," Young said of Brownell's system. "No turnovers. There's going to be less pressing. He's really emphasizing defense and making plays. Making plays defensively and offensively."


("He's really emphasizing the importance of possession. He's really emphasizing that we need to take care of the ball," Young said of Brownell's system." (Roy Philpott)
Stitt, a senior point from nearby Matthews, who's averaged 9.6 points and 3.3 assists during his Clemson career, looks forward to the new challenge of playing in a new system during his final season.

"The offense coach Brownell is putting in now is pretty much designed for guys to make plays. It's designed for players to really show what you can do, and to create for others," he said.

Young, a 38 percent shooter from behind the 3-point line, has averaged 9.2 points during his career. He described Brownell's system as one that allows for a little more freedom.

"With freedom comes responsibility," Young said. "When we have that freedom, we have to be smart with the basketball. Make the right decision. Make the right plays, whether it's for yourself or for your teammates.

"From that aspect, it's going to be tough. But, at the same time, it's going to be more fun."

And Brownell is tough on his point guards.

"Me, as in a guard spot, I'm going to be handling the ball a lot. In his offense, you have to be a pretty strong player," Stitt said.


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