The Clemson team also ranked second in the nation in steals, the highest national ranking for a Clemson team in any statistical category since 1989-90 when Clemson ranked second in the nation in blocked shots per game.
Robinson made 84-92 free throws this year for a .913
percentage this past season to rank third in the nation. He led
the ACC and in fact the .913 percentage was fourth best in ACC
history, trailing only three seasons by J.J. Redick. Robinson is
the first Clemson player to lead the ACC in free throw shooting since
1966-67 when Jim Sutherland led the ACC and finished fourth in the
nation. Robinson finished his career with a .833 percentage, sixth
best in school history.
Hamilton ranked 15th in the nation in steals per game with a
2.68 figure. His 83 total steals and 2.67 per game average were
Clemson records. Hamilton also led the ACC in steals per game, the
first Clemson player to lead the conference in that category. His
national ranking in the category was also the highest in Clemson
Hamilton will enter his senior year with 201 career steals,
already the Clemson career record, and his 2.21 steals per game ranks
11th best in ACC history on a per game basis.
Akin Akingbala and Cliff Hammonds also had top 10 rankings in
various statistical categories in the final ACC statistics.
Akingbala, who averaged 15 points and 10.7 rebounds per game over the
last 11 games of the year, finished fourth in the conference in
rebounds with an 8.2 average. He was also seventh in offensive
rebounds (3.0), fourth in defensive rebounds (5.22) and 10th in
blocked shots (1.28 per game). His .576 field goal percentage would
have ranked in the top five in the league, but he did not have enough
made field goals to qualify.
Sophomore guard Cliff Hammonds ranked third the conference in
assist/turnover ratio with a 1.84 figure. He was second in
conference games. Hammonds also had a 1.75 steals per game average,
seventh best in the conference. Hammonds finished the season a 10.1
average, giving him a double figure scoring average as a freshman and
a sophomore. Next year he will attempt to become the first Clemson
player to average in double figures for his first three years since
Terrell McIntrye (1995-96 to 1997-98).
In terms of team statistics, Clemson finished the season
second in the nation in steals per game with an 11.0 average. The
Tigers had 352 steals in 32 games, a school record in terms of total
steals and steals per game. Only Houston, with a 12.4 average, had a
higher steals per game figure than Clemson in 2005-06. It marks the
second consecutive year Clemson has ranked in the top 10 in the
nation in steals. The Tigers were seventh in 2004-05.
The number-two national ranking in steals is Clemson's
highest ranking in a team category since the 1989-90 Tiger team that
featured Dale Davis and Elden Campbell ranked second in the nation in
blocked shots per game. That Clemson team actually led the nation in
total blocks with 235, a total that still ranks 15th best in NCAA
In addition to leading the ACC in steals with an 11.0
average, Clemson also paced the conference in turnovers forced per
game with a 19.0 figure and led the ACC in offensive rebounds per
game at 14.56.
Hamilton, Robinson Finish No. 1 in ACC
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