Tigers set for season opener

Year four of the Brad Brownell era kicks off on Friday night when Clemson hosts Stetson at Littlejohn Coliseum.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Stetson
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Friday, November 8 (7 p.m.)
TV: ESPN3 (Roy Philpott, Nate Ross)

Coming off a 13-18 record in 2012-13, the Tigers are led by K.J. McDaniels, team's top returning scorer, rebounder and shot blocker.

As has been the case in each of the first three seasons under Brownell, Clemson must replace its top scorer from the previous year. Devin Booker, who had 13.1 points per game as a senior, is now playing professionally in France.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Corey Williams, the Hatters also have to replace two of their top three scorers from a season ago.

Guard Aaron Graham, the top returning scorer, was third on the team with 11.2 points per game as a junior. Though he's not listed as a returning starter, Stetson does return two starters from last year's squad that went 15-16.

Guard Hunter Miller averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 assists. Forward Willie Green scored 8.3 points per game and averaged 6.6 rebounds.

"They do have some depth. I do think they have some good front-court athletes, so they play very aggressively in their man-to-man," Brownell said.

Williams has seen most of Brownell's personnel up close and personal. He spent the last six seasons as an assistant at Florida State.

The Hatters will bring a brand of ball in to Littlejohn that's similar to the Seminoles, at least on the defensive end of the floor.

"They try to limit catches, deny a bunch of passes, make it hard for you to try to run offense, create a bunch of turnovers," Brownell said. "That's a point of concern for our preparation this week."

Friday's game, which tips off at 7 p.m., will be available on ESPN3.

"I think the guys are ready to play other people, as opposed to practicing everyday. We're going to play a Stetson team that has some experience," Brownell said. "They've got a lot of senior and older players. I don't think they'll be in awe of playing a high-major team.

"They're a little like us in that they're very balanced. Have a lot of different guys that have contributed."

G #10 Hunter Miller - 3.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG (6-1, 180)
G #11 Aaron Graham - 11.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG (6-4, 175)
F #2 Kentwan Smith (6-8, 205)
F #3 Willie Green - 8.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG (6-6, 210)
C #40 Kyle Sikora - (7-0, 255)

G #12 Rod Hall - 5.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG (6-1, 210)
G #20 Jordan Roper - 7.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 10.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 1.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG (6-8, 250)

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