Tigers move in with an offer

Brad Brownell made a lifelong dream come true when he offered one of the top 2013 shooting guards from North Carolina on Thursday morning.

SG Patrick Rooks Profile

Charlotte Christian sophomore Patrick Rooks grew up in Anderson, pulling for Clemson.

His dad, who attended Southern Wesleyan, delivered the news of the Tigers' offer.

"I was in class and I got called to the office. My dad drove a good 30 or 45 minutes to tell me that he just got done talking on the phone with coach Brownell," Rooks told CUTigers.com on Thursday. "At first, when he told me the news, I was just in shock. I didn't know what to do or what to say. I was just in shock."

The 6-foot-3, 160-pound rising junior has been on the Clemson recruiting radar since the eighth grade.

"I can't say I was relieved, it was just good to get that offer," he said.

The timing of it was a surprise.

"I was expecting to get it this summer or the beginning of next year, but I didn't expect to get that this early," Rooks said.

The offer from Clemson joins Charlotte's tender. He believes N.C. State could be the next. Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee are also in touch.

The Tigers are still the favorite, though. Behind them, he likes Charlotte and N.C. State.

A commitment is expected later this year.

"I'll probably commit in either the late summer or early next year, once school starts," he said.

As a sophomore, Rooks averaged 15 points, three assists and three rebounds.

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