More insight on 2011 signees

CLEMSON - On Wednesday, Brad Brownell picked up signatures from all five players committed to Clemson's 2012 signing class.

And all five prospects are rated with three stars by Scout.com.

"They come from winning programs. They play for really good coaches," Brownell said. "We're very blessed in that this group of five guys play for people that are well-respected coaches in their state and are guys that have had success as coaches. Obviously, their teams have had great records.

"Most of these guys have played on teams that have gone deep into the state tournament if they haven't won a state championship."

C Landry Nnoko
6-11, 220
Yaounde, Cameroon
Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Recruited by Rick Ray

Nnoko moved to America before his junior year in high school. The No. 24 center in his class, Nnoko played AAU ball with the Florida Rams.

"A kid who I really like, first of all, personally. To think about a young man who's sacrificing so much by leaving Cameroon and coming to the United State for high school, he's really invested a lot in basketball to do that," Brownell said. "He's very physical, 6-10 or 6-11, 235 or 240 pounds. He runs pretty well, but still is learning the game, so his offense is probably behind his defense. Having said that, he can make a 15-foot shot. He's got a pretty good jump hook in the paint. Like most kids, he needs to gain experience. He needs to play against good players and have some success."

PG Adonis Filer
6-2, 175
Chicago, Ill.
Notre Dame Preparatory School (Mass.)
Recruited by Rick Ray

The No. 28 point guard, according to Scout.com, Filer led Bishop Noll Prep Academy (Ind.) to a 26-1 record and state runner-up finish while averaging 16 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Filer will spend a year at Notre Dame Prep School before enrolling at Clemson next summer.

"Really an ultra-tough, competitive kid with good leadership skills and an out-going personality that I think will serve him well throughout his career," Brownell said. "He's a guy who can defend a couple of different positions, because he's 6-2.5, 6-3. He's got a college-ready body, right now. Has pretty good speed, fearless, driving the ball to the basket, getting into the paint, drawing contact. He will bring an aggressive, competitive nature that I think our team will need, especially as young as we'll be for the next couple of years. He's a guy we think will help solidify our back-court tremendously."

SF Jaron Blossomgame
6-7, 200
Alpharetta, Ga.
Chattahoochee High School
Recruited by Earl Grant

Blossomgame averaged a team-high 15.7 points per game for the Georgia Stars at the Peach Jam AAU Tournament this past summer. In high school play, he was a second-team all-state selection for the AAAA level last season. That year, he averaged 24 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

"Jaron is extremely athletic, a good, physical body, can make a 3-point shot, a decent 3-point shooter for a guy who's 6-6, and a guy who just plays the game with great passion," Brownell said. "He loves to play. That was evident this summer, I thought, in watching him with his AAU team. Playing with a lot of really good players, I thought he was the guy, day in and day through the grind of a long July, played, probably, consistently harder than anybody else on his team."

PG Jordan Roper
6-0, 165
Columbia, S.C.
Irmo High School
Recruited by Earl Grant

Roper led Irmo to a 27-3 overall record and AAAA state championship. He averaged 20.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a junior. He was the AAAA Player-of-the-Year at both the state and regional levels. Roper has scored 1,219 points over his high school career.

"We had been identifying players in the state that are good players and good people that we want to be a part of this program," Brownell said. "You can't get one better than Jordan, in terms of a guy who people at his school absolutely love him. He's a winner, having won a state championship. He's a guy who can make baskets. He's a little bit smaller, but guys like Andre Young are a little bit smaller, but have had good careers at this level. In time, we think he'll be a good player for us."

PF Josh Smith
6-8, 250
Charlotte, N.C.
Olympic High School
Recruited by Earl Grant

Smith averaged 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season and shot 58 percent from the field in as Olympic High finished with a 28-2 record and a state sectional championship. Smith was a MEGA 7 all-conference selection and also earned MVP honors at the North Carolina/South Carolina Battle of the Classes.

"What I really like about Josh is his physical nature. He really embraces contact, enjoys being physical, putting his body on people, rebounding, fighting for post position -- something that a lot of kids don't enjoy as much," Brownell said. "I think he's a kid who's really starting to kind of turn his game to another level. He plays in a very good program in high school. They win. They're very well-coached...he's a guy that we think will do a lot of the rugged, tough things that you need. All good teams have players like Josh, who do the rugged, tough things that your team needs to win -- set screens, rebounds, finish around the basket."


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