Clemson Backup Center Sidy Djitte Undergoes Surgery
Clemson Tigers junior backup center Sidy Djitte (6'10, 240 lb.) recently underwent successful surgery on his torn meniscus, according to Head Coach Brad Brownell at the ACC Media Day. Brownell said that Djitte is expected to return prior to Clemson's season opener versus North Carolina Central on November 13th. However, Djitte will miss the team's scrimmage against Charleston and exhibition with Lenoir-Rhyne on November 5th. Djitte has received praise from Coach Brownell for his offensive improvement over the offseason. "There’s marked improvement," Brownell said. "He’s always been big, strong and rugged and defends and rebounds. He does that well, but he's slowly developing some offensive skills. He’s throwing in an occasional jump-hook now. He’s making an occasional 12-15-foot shot." “I’m really hopeful that this injury doesn’t set him back a little. These two games would be really good for him. He needs good things to happen to him.” Brownell said that Djitte's improvement has bolstered his confidence all-around. "It’s amazing how that happens," Brownell said. "When you start to have some good things happen for you, you get even a little more excited and you work a little bit harder. Now, good things happen for you again." Starting center Landry Nnoko also mentioned Djitte's improvement at the ACC Media Day. "Sidy's improved a lot. We played a lot of 1-on-1 this summer. It got him a lot more confident." Although Djitte has only averaged 1.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game over the last two seasons, look for those numbers to increase in his junior campaign, as he'll be more active on both sides of the ball.
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