Brad Brownell and the Clemson Tigers received a big basketball commitment on Tuesday!
2017 guard A.J. Oliver
(6'4", 180 lbs.) verbally committed to Clemson today. Oliver, the son of Clemson women's head coach Audra Smith, chose the Tigers over College of Charleston and Texas Tech.
"After a while, I talked to my family, some of my teammates and both of my coaches, I think it came down to Clemson," Oliver said. "That's where I'm headed. The real reason was probably because it was close to home. I felt like I could stay here and be the guy at home, and put the Tigers back where they should be and help them win an NCAA title."
In an Instagram post, Oliver said that Clemson gave him a "strong statement" of why they wanted him.
Oliver, the first commit of Clemson's 2017 class, was rated as 4-star prospect, No. 73 overall 2017 prospect and No.16 shooting guard by Scout. He had other offers from Florida International, South Carolina Upstate and Wofford.
Oliver averaged 21.6 points per game while shooting 36% from three at D.W. Daniel HS (Central, SC) last season. He plays AAU basketball for Upward Stars Southeast.
"I'm an energy guy," he said. "I can shoot it and shoot it very well. I try to play defense very hard. The one thing that I bring to the table is energy. The one thing that Clemson is getting in me is an energy guy."