Brownell era set to begin Friday night

The Brad Brownell era officially kicks off Friday night when Clemson hosts Western Carolina at Littlejohn Coliseum.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Western Carolina
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12 (8 p.m.)
SPREAD: N/A
ONLINE: TigerCast

GAME NOTES

At Tuesday morning's press conference, Brownell admitted that wouldn't mind having just a little more time to prepare for the season opener.

"I think, more as a coach, I‘m just worried about being ready, being prepared, as opposed to getting in there and playing," he said. "I‘m certainly excited about coaching a live game for Clemson."

While at Wright State, Brownell put together four-consecutive 20-win season, which included three-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Before his stop there, he spent four seasons at UNC-Wilmington. He currently owns a career record of 167-85.

In search of win No. 168, Brownell's sure of two players that he'll look to nearly every step of the way. Demontez Stitt and Andre Young will be counted on to start, and more importantly, finish.

"I want Andre and Demontez in there," Brownell said.

Outside of those two, "there's probably a little more fair competition" for the other three spots on the floor.

"We'll see about our big guys, who's playing well," Brownell said. "Those guys haven't separated themselves."


"I think, more as a coach, I‘m just worried about being ready, being prepared, as opposed to getting in there and playing," he said. "I‘m certainly excited about coaching a live game for Clemson." (Roy Philpott)
Friday night marks the start of life after Trevor Booker, the former Clemson forward who ranks in the top-five in school history in both scoring and rebounding. He finished with 1,725 points (fifth ) and 1,060 rebounds (third).

"Nobody is going to do what Trevor did. Nobody is going to impact a game like Trevor Booker did, in terms of leading our team," Brownell said. "In terms of being a competitive spirit, in terms of taking ownership of things that are taking ownership of things going on, on the court, I think Demontez will do well with that. I think Jerai [Grant] will do well with that."

Grant sat out last week's 96-57 exhibition win over Belmont-Abbey last week, while serving a suspension. He‘ll be back for Friday night's season opener against Western Carolina.

Last season, the Tigers beat the Catamounts 79-57 at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Western Carolina finished the 2009-10 season with at 22-12 (11-7 Southern Conference). In postseason play, Larry Hunter's squad lost in the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament to Wofford. The Catamounts accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com tournament against Marshall.

"It's an athletic group. They have two athletic guards coming back…a good big man inside. [They're] a team that's had some experience and success," Brownell said. "Anytime you've had some success, your kids feel good about what they're doing."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Western Carolina (0-0)
G #22 Harouna Mutombo (6-4,195) - 9.4 PPG, 2.3 APG
G #12 Mike Williams (6-2,175) - 10 PPG, 2.2 SPG
F #50 Richie Gordon (6-9,245) - 8.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG
F #34 Blake Gallagher (6-8,240) - 1.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG
F #3 Anthony Phillip (6-4,210) - 3.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG

PROBABLE STARTERS
Clemson (0-0)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2,175) - 11.4 PPG, 3.1 APG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 9.2 PPG, 2.4 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5,210) - 8.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8,220) - 7.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8,245) - 4.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG


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