Steady progression

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell likens freshman guard Jordan Roper to a player he coached for two seasons.

Like Andre Young, Roper is undersized.

During his senior season, Young was listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds. Roper currently checks in at 5-11, 165.

Like Young, Roper is a threat from downtown.

On Friday, Brownell said Roper is a similar kind of threat from behind the 3-point line.

"I think Jordan has the capabilities to do some of those things [as Young], where he can come off a ball screen and just jump up and shoot a 3 right away," Brownell said.

He added, "That's a hard shot. Jordan has that ability. Andre had that ability."

As a senior, Young averaged 13.3 points and shot 35 percent from behind the 3-point line.

So far this season, Roper is scoring 6.9 points per game and hitting 42 percent from long range.

Not a bad start for a guy who was lightly recruited by other high-major programs while he was at Irmo High School.

"I think Jordan is one of those guys, coming in, not 100 percent sure what his role's going to be," Brownell said. "A natural scorer -- he's a pretty unassuming guy, so he doesn't have this big bravado like, ‘I'm trying to come in here and score all these points, do all this.' Eventually, you begin to fall into place."

Aside from his 1 for 9 shooting effort against Duke, Roper has been solid since the calendar turned to 2013. He's averaging 9.7 points and has hit 6 of 15 shots from behind the 3-point line.

"He's going to have nights like he did at Duke where he didn't shoot well. He'll have nights like he did against Wake Forest when he makes three 3's," Brownell said. "I think it's a product of him being more comfortable and having an understanding of what we need from him."

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