Clemson basketball lands Sheldon Mitchell

The Tigers add the services of former Vanderbilt guard Sheldon Mitchell Sunday.

Mitchell, a transfer from Vanderbilt, has committed to the Tigers and assistant coach Steve Smith.

He averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 assists last season for the Commodores and has good quickness off the bounce.

The bad news is, like Avry Holmes (San Francisco) a year ago, he will have to sit out the 2015-16 season. But the good news he will have three years of eligibility left starting in the fall of 2016.

"I have a good ability to create for others," Mitchell tells Scout. "I can get in the lane... get by my defender. I can get open opportunities for me and my teammates. That's the big part of my game."

Mitchell was officially released from Vanderbilt earlier this month and was given clearance to talk with Clemson, Charlotte, N.C. State and East Carolina.

He originally signed with Wake Forest before he was given his release after the Deacs made a coaching change.

The 6-foot-3, 186-pounder played in 31 games as a true freshman, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 assists in 20 minutes per game. He shot 36.6% from the field and 71.5% from the free throw line, and his passing ability was easily his best trait.

"I have a good ability to create for others," he said. "I can get in the lane... get by my defender. I can get open opportunities for me and my teammates. That's the big part of my game."

Clemson has one more scholarship available this offseason. The Tigers are also looking at several other potential transfers, including Alabama's Ricky Terrant. Terrant, unlike Mitchell, would be eligible to play immediately, but only has one year of eligibility remaining.


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