All-time greats return to Clemson

CUTigers catches up with two of Clemson's all-time greats as they get set to make their return to Littlejohn Coliseum Friday evening.

Many of Clemson's all-time greats on the hardwood will make their return to Littlejohn Coliseum Friday evening as part of the school's celebration of 100 years of basketball.

The Alumni Orange vs. White game will tipoff at 7 PM, feature free admission and a chance to get autographs for fans while also showcasing the top players to play basketball at Clemson University.

The game will also feature four of the members of Clemson's Centennial team as Terrell McIntyre and Grayson Marshall will lead the White team, while Greg Buckner and Vincent Hamilton will lead the Orange team.

Elden Campbell and Trevor Booker will be among the coaches for the event.

"I can't wait to get back," Terrell McIntyre, Clemson's second all-time leading scorer, told CUTigers earlier this week. "I first met Coach Brownell when he was at UNC Wilmington and it's a good thing they are doing down there with this. It's going to be great to see a lot of my old teammates again."

McIntyre, who has spent the last 12 years playing basketball overseas in several countries, including France, Germany and Italy, won four Italian Championships (2007-10) and an Italian League MVP in 2007.

He also earned All-Euroleague First Team selections for the Euroleague 2007-08 and Euroleague 2008-09 seasons and was widely considered to be one of the best point guards in Europe during his time there.

"I had a good career overseas," he said. "We had guys that played in the ACC over there and any of those players could have made it in the NBA. I had a chance to play with 'Big O' [Harold Jamison] some as well as a lot of other guys close to home. It was a great experience."

The popular point guard averaged 17.9 points per game in 1998-99, his senior year, the best average in the ACC. He was also MVP or co-MVP of all four years of his career, the only player in Clemson basketball history to be a four-time team MVP. And he helped lead the Tigers to the Sweet 16 in 1997.

Grayson Marshall is Clemson's career assist leader (857), a total that is fourth-most in ACC history and in the top 20 in the NCAA recordbook. (Clemson University)
Also back in town Friday night will be Clemson's all-time assist leader, Grayson Marshall.

Marshall, who now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., helped lead Clemson to postseason play in each of his four seasons in Tigertown, and was instrumental for the 1986-87 squad that set the school record for ACC wins in a season.

That team featured Clemson Hall of Famer Horace Grant, who was named ACC Player-of-the-Year.

"That was a great team," Marshall told CUTigers. "We really had it going that year until my injury because we had guys that score, defend and rebound. We really had it all."

Clemson was rolling along in regular season play until Marshall stretched his Achillies Heel in a 65-59 loss at 17th ranked Duke. The loss was just the fourth of the year for the Tigers, who would eventually be upset in the first rounds of the ACC and NCAA Tournament.

"Wake Forest upset us in the first round of the ACC Tournament and I had to watch it because I was hurt," Marshall said. "So that was tough. Then I played with two different shoe sizes against Southwest Missouri State in the NCAA Tournament because of the injury. It really hurt but we had an amazing team that year.

"I've always felt like if I hadn't gotten hurt that year we were a Final Four type of team. I still feel that way today."

Like McIntyre, Marshall is looking forward to playing in Littlejohn Coliseum again and re-connecting with the program.

"I think the last time I would have played in there would have been around 1988. So it's been a while, but I can't wait to get back. It's going to be fun, and I'm actually in pretty good shape right now so I'm looking forward to it."

Marshall is still Clemson's career assist leader (857), a total that is fourth-most in ACC history and in the top 20 in the NCAA record book.

He averaged a remarkable 7.0 assists per game during his 122-game career and is Clemson's career leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.47).

Gates open at Littlejohn Coliseum Friday evening at 6:30 PM with general admission seating.

The event is free.

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