Evaluating three Clemson targets

CLEMSON - The Big Shots tournament made its second stop Clemson stop on Saturday, and three 2012 Tiger targets were in town for the two-day tournament.

The Georgia Stars, South Carolina Ravens and Georgia Elite 2012 brought the prospects to Tigertown last weekend.

Here's a look at who stood out the most:

SF Jaron Blossomgame - Alpharetta, Ga. - Chattahoochee HS - Clemson commitment

Blossomgame's Scout.com is worth another look. He's underrated as a two-star and deserves very serious consideration for a third-star and a national ranking.

He's a strong (6-6, 190), athletic wing with pretty good looking jump shot from the perimeter. Blossomgame spent most of the his first game around the rim, where he threw down several crowd pleasing dunks and alley-oops.

His best asset may be his shot blocking ability. But he doesn't just block shots, he'll also rearrange plenty of others.

The first Clemson commitment in the Tigers' 2012 class, Blossomgame is firm to Clemson. The appearance with the Georgia Stars was a courtesy move on the end of his AAU coaches.

His AAU teammates, shooting guard Kenny Gaines and point guard Montay Brandon, are also targeted by the Clemson staff. Neither traveled to Clemson for the tournament. However, Gaines visited the previous Saturday.

Blossomgame was a nice get for Brad Brownell and company.

Recruited by: Earl Grant

PF Brice Johnson - Cordova - Edisto HS - Undecided

An athletic big (6-9, 190) with a crafty face to the basket game. He's got some spring in his step: class A state high jump champion, fifth-place finisher in the triple jump.

Johnson's frame is similar to Durant's, when he was a senior. As a high school senior, Durant was listed at 6-9.5, 190.

Johnson's game is more suited for the low post, though he has a decent mid-range game. He still needs to add some bulk to better handle the physical grind at the next level. His dunking, shot blocking and rebounding abilities leave him with a high ceiling for the next level.

Reserved off the court, but a serious competitor on the court.

Clemson, Florida and South Carolina are the main players here, though Johnson claims that he's open to all suitors.

` Recruited by: Earl Grant

PF Willie Clayton - Thomasville, Ga. - Thomasville HS - Undecided

Raw is the easy word to include with Clayton's game on the offensive end. A long-armed 6-foot-6, 205 pound post player, he has room to develop his skill on offense both down low and outside. He makes up for it with length, strength and effort. Clayton isn't afraid to mix it up down low on either end of the floor.

Against smaller, younger, less athletic players in his first game, Clayton stood out. When faced up with Johnson in the following round, it was apparent who the more highly rated player was.

His engaging personality off the court is shown through his game. A mid-major prospect who's a potential fall back option for Clemson because of his character and effort.

Holds offers from Charlotte, UCF, Georgia Southern and Mercer.

Recruited by: Rick Ray

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