2022 Record: 23-11 (14-6)
Head Coach: Brad Brownell (Career Record 408-262) (Clemson Record 241-177)
PG: Chase Hunter (13.8 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 4.3 Ast)
SG: Joseph Girard III (Syracuse 16.4 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 3.0 Ast)
SF: Ian Schieffelin (5.5 Pts, 4.1 Reb, 1.9 Ast)
PF: Jack Clark (NC State 9.0 Pts, 6.9 Reb, 1.5 Ast)
C: PJ Hall (15.3 Pts, 5.7 Reb, 1.0 Ast)
6: SG Alex Hemenway (6.9 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 1.1 Ast)
7: SG Jake Heidbreder (Air Force 15.1 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 1.7 Ast)
8: SF RJ Godfrey (3.2 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 0.3 Ast)
9: PF Bas Leyte (UNC Greensboro 7.6 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast)
10: SG Joshua Beadle (2.3 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.8 Ast)
11: PG Dillon Hunter (1.4 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast)
12: PF Chauncey Wiggins (RS)
13: SF Asa Thomas
Clemson’s biggest win of the offseason was getting big man PJ Hall to return instead of going pro or testing out the transfer portal. Hall is one of the most underrated big men in the country and doesn’t get enough attention on a nationwide scale despite being one of the best players in the ACC. Hall shot 54% from the field and 40% from three last season. Hall is also a great defender who protects the interior really well. Hall could be in line to have the best season of his career. Chase Hunter is another returning starting for the Tigers next season. Hunter was a floor general last season for the Tigers who also exceled in scoring the ball. Hunter averaged nearly 5 assists per game and also took care of the ball very well. Josh Beadle and Dillon Hunter are also returning guard who didn’t get much playing time last year and could be bigger factors in the rotation this upcoming season.
Ian Schieffelin is another returner for the Tigers who expected to have a bigger role on the team this season. He started 22 games for the Tigers last season making an impact on both sides of the floor. Alex Hemenway is an intriguing player for Clemson off the bench next season. Hemenway who averaged nearly 7PPG last season will fit into the 6th man role for the Tigers. He is going into his 5th season and will be one of the most experienced players on the team. He shot 47% from three this past season and 43% from three in his career. Rising sophomore RJ Godfrey showed flashes during his freshman season that he can be an impact player for Clemson in the future. He shot 60% from the floor in his freshman season. Clemson returns PF Chauncey Wiggins who redshirted this past season and was a former 3 star recruit. The lone signee for Clemson in the 2023 class was 3 star SF Asa Thomas out of Illinois.
Clemson also took to the transfer portal to fill out the remaining spots on their squad. Clemson got interconference transfers from the ACC with Jack Clark from NC State and Joe Girard from Syracuse. Clark who is a very long and athletic player spent this past season at NC State and spent 3 seasons at La Salle before that. Clark averaged 9PPG and 7RPG last season with the Wolfpack. He proved he could be a reliable started at the ACC level who can score when called up and defend at an elite level. Girard spent the past 4 seasons at Syracuse and brings in an immense level of experience to the Clemson Tigers locker-room next season. Girard is a high level score first point guard who also displays great court vision. Girard also shot a career 36% from three with a season high of 40% in the 2021-22 season.
Clemson also signed 2 transfers from the mid major level. They inked Bas Leyte from UNC Greensboro and Jake Heidbreder from Air Force. Leyte is a big man from the Netherlands who spent the past 4 seasons with the UNCG Spartans. Leyte will provide some depth off the bench for the Tigers at the PF and C positions. Leyte averaged 8PPG and 4RPG this past season and has a career high average of 10PPG and 6RPG in the 2021-22 season. Jake Heidbreder started all 61 games in his 2 year Air Force career. He averaged 15PPG this past season while shooting 49% from the floor overall and 40% from three. Heidbreder will be a scoring threat for the Tigers off the bench.
Clemson’s biggest loss this offseason was Hunter Tyson who was selected in the NBA Draft this past summer. However, the Tigers signed some solid players in the portal that will keep the Tigers towards the top of the ACC standings. Clemson projects to be in the 3rd-4th range in the ACC standings next season. Brad Brownell also finds himself on the hot seat once again despite not having a losing season since the 2012-13 season and making the tournament recently. If the Tigers return to the NCAA Tournament once again, then the hot seat rumors of Brad Brownell will be dispelled once again.