Purnell Clear About Goals

SUNSET - Clemson head basketball coach Oliver Purnell met with the media Wednesday to preview the upcoming 2007-08 season. "Our goal this year with this team is to win a National Championship," he said.


"Our goal this year for this team is to win the National Championship. I think this team obviously needs some luck and needs to get into the NCAA Tournament and we need to get a good draw and all that kind of thing, but we go into every game feeling like we can beat anybody in the country. Now we have to play well to do that, and we aren't dominant team by any stretch of the imagination. But we have some nice pieces. Some really really nice pieces. Our wings are as good as any in the country. K.C. Rivers and Cliff Hammonds. Cliff is one of the most underrated players in the country. He does so much for our team and our program. Cliff needs to improve his free throw shooting and that's the only thing keeping him from becoming a great player.

"K.C. Rivers- just kind of does everything. A great long range shooter. He does much more. He can get you 10 rebounds. He can take you off the dribble as he did against Virginia Tech last year. He anticipates defensively. I really like our wing players.

"At the same time, our post players last year did a great job as well.

"Trevor Booker did an oustanding job last year. This year I don't think he can be stopped when he's down on the block. Again, he needs to finish it with free throws because he's going to get fouled. He's a bull down there but he's not just a bull. He's a little undersized but he's strong and he's got tremendous speed for a big guy. He's strong.

"Nobody in the country can affect a game when he's on anymore, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, than James Mays does. He has long arms on our press. Shot-blocking, rebounding and those kinds of things. Obviously through the first 17 or 18 games last year he had a great start and then went through a little slump when our team did. He had a great summer. Pre-draft camp was an eye-opening experience for him. That helped his confidence as well."

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