Excited about the future

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell had more than a win to feel good about when he went to sleep on Wednesday night.

Both commitments to his 2014 signing class, four-star small forward Donte Grantham and three-star shooting guard Gabe DeVoe, faxed national letters of intent to Clemson earlier that day.

"Really happy with the two guys we got. I think they're really good players," Brownell said. "Obviously, Donte and Gabe are terrific young men, high-character kids that are winners, very skilled and smart, college-ready. Both are physical, pretty good bodies already."

Both are system fits.

"I think they fit the way I want to play as well as any couple guys that I've signed since we've been here," Brownell said. "Probably a little more basketball skilled, an upgrade in some ways -- IQ, the whole feel, some pretty good coaching, so that part I couldn't be happier about."

The addition of DeVoe and Grantham comes with a bullet. Clemson has 13 players on scholarship this season. None are seniors.

Two of the 13 scholarship players on this year's roster will have to move on to make room for the two newest additions.

"In terms of signing them, it's protecting the long-term interest of the program," Brownell said. "That's the reason for doing it. There are all kinds of variables now in college athletics where people are leaving. I'm just doing what I think is in the best interest of the program."

Brownell thinks that stuff will sort itself out over the next few months.

"If you don't work from a position of power sometimes, you get behind, you get in trouble," he said. "In this league right now, we've got to do everything we can to be in a position of strength and look for the future."

Long-term, Brownell likes the direction his program is headed.

"We're a couple of years away from being where we need to be and being where we want to be, but I think we're laying a really good foundation," he said. "I think we're creating a culture of commitment with the kids that we're bringing in, the kids that are here, in terms of buying into what we're trying to do."

Brownell added, "We really are getting there. Now, we've got some excitement with the new arena. I think recruiting is on an uptick. I like where we are right now."

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