The Tigers are coming off a school-record fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Clemson compiled a 22-12 record, 9-7 in the ACC, in Brad Brownell's first season with the program in 2011-12. Last season, the Tigers were also picked seventh but finished in a tie for fourth place.
North Carolina was the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC, with 57 first-place
votes out of 59. The Tar Heels were followed in the preseason poll by Duke, Florida
State, Virginia, Miami and Virginia Tech. North Carolina's Harrison Barnes was the
ACC Preseason Player of the Year, while Duke's Austin Rivers was tabbed the ACC
Preseason Rookie of the Year.
The Tigers return three starters in Devin Booker, Tanner Smith and Andre Young.
Clemson also returns sixth man Milton Jennings, as well as veterans Catalin Baciu
and Bryan Narcisse. Entering the fold this season for Brownell's team are five
scholarship freshmen, including four-star forward Bernard Sullivan and guards Devin
Coleman, Rod Hall, K.J. McDaniels and T.J. Sapp. Clemson lost its top two scorers
from last season in Demontez Stitt and Jerai Grant.
ACC Preseason Media Poll
1. North Carolina (57) 706
2. Duke (2)
3. Florida State 560
4. Virginia 463
5. Miami 455
6. Virginia Tech 411
7. Clemson 403
8. NC State 316
9. Maryland 264
10. Georgia Tech 176
11. Wake Forest 109
12. Boston College 90
Tigers picked to finish seventh
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