Harrison listens to Brownell...finally

CLEMSON - Damarcus Harrison was ready to start seeing some results.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Delaware State
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13 (7 p.m.)
TV: ESPN3 (Don Munson, Ralph Patterson)

After hitting 36 percent of his shots from the field and 22 percent from behind the 3-pointline last season, Harrison wanted to see the ball go through the hoop with more regularity.

So Harrison finally took heed of Brad Brownell's advice and adjusted his jump shot.

"I was bringing it too high and behind my head, so I was shooting rainbows. I took some arc off it," Harrison said. "That was the main thing, not shooting it so high. Everything else came from there. It's more comfortable and it looks better."

It looked the part in Clemson's season opening win against Stetson when Harrison scored 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting [2 of 5 from 3].

"He's fought me on that thing for a while now, but he finally relented a little bit this summer," Brownell said. "He's made some adjustments. I think he's shooting the ball better."

Harrison came to a simple conclusion.

"I've got to change it if I want to be good in the ACC, help this team," he said. "I just have to leave old habits behind, take the coaching and try to find a new shot."

A BYU transfer, Harrison said he formed some bad habits with his shot during his layoff from basketball. It carried over into the season.

"I could never find a good rhythm," he said. "I'd have some good games [and] then I'd lose it. I'd revert back to how I was shooting before."

It was a process.

"[Brownell] just told me to keep it in front and shoot it with confidence," Harrison said. "And that's the main thing, getting a lot of reps during the summer. I've just been shooting a whole lot. I'm just comfortable with shooting shots. I'm not hesitating anymore. I just let it ride."

Harrison will hoist a few more jump shots on Wednesday night when Clemson hosts Delaware State at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Delaware State, 1-1
G #55 Charles Burley - 0.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG (5-10, 185)
G #22 Casey Walker - 8.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG (6-5, 175)
F #5 Tyshawn Bell - 12.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG (6-7, 215)
F #30 Jordan Lawson - 7.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG (6-5, 210)
C #1 Kendall Gray - 10.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG (6-10, 240)

Clemson, 1-0
G #12 Rod Hall - 11.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG (6-1, 210)
G #20 Jordan Roper - 9.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 20.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG (6-8, 250)

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