Just shoot it

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell wouldn't mind if Milton Jennings was just a little bit more selfish.

Of the 13 games that Jennings has played in this season, he's attempted 10 or more shots in a game only three times.

"He's going to need to take more than seven or eight [shots] in a game. He needs to take 10, 11 or 12 shots in a game, to help us," Brownell said.

There are two sides to the card.

"He's really a very unselfish player. A little bit to a fault, sometimes, and has been really since I got here," Brownell said.

The flip-side isn't quite so positive.

"Milt doesn't do things to get himself easy baskets. He doesn't get offensive rebound put-backs. He doesn't get a lot of transition things, sometimes. You've got to work to get shots when you're a guarded player," Brownell said.

On a team full of freshmen and sophomores, Jennings is right there at the top of every opponent's scouting report, right beside or just below fellow senior Devin Booker.

Brownell thinks Jennings, who's averaging close to 30 minutes per game, would be more valuable to the team if he would just pull the trigger a little more often.

"He needs to be a 15-point scorer for us," Brownell said. "He needs to score in that range, to help us."

After scoring a combined 16 points on 5 of 13 shooting against Florida State and Duke, Jennings was more aggressive in Saturday's win over Virginia.

En route to a game-high 21 points, he hit 7 of 13 shots from the field against the Cavs.

"Confidence-wise, I feel good," Jennings said. "I feel like my teammates want to give me the ball. I feel like I want to have the ball. I feel like I want to take more than seven shots a game. I want to take 13 shots a game."

Jennings was hot from distance, too. He knocked down 5 of 8 shots from behind the 3-point line, a few of which were banked in off the glass.

"I called the second one," he said, cracking a smile. "I laugh, but you take those two 3's away and I still had 15 and 11 [rebounds], which I'll take every night. The two banks didn't do anything for me but tell me I was having a really good night."

Brownell doesn't care how they go in -- he just wants Jennings to keep giving himself the opportunity to make baskets.

"Certainly, him being a bigger part of our offense is vital," Brownell said. "I've wanted him to do that. But, for whatever reason, he's been a little bit tentative at times."

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