Clemson hoops team picked to finish 7th in ACC

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Clemson men's basketball team was predicted to finish seventh by the media at ACC Operation Basketball, the conference's annual preseason media day event.

The Tigers are coming off a school-record fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  Clemson compiled a 22-12 record, 9-7 in the ACC, in Brad Brownell's first season with the program in 2011-12.  Last season, the Tigers were also picked seventh but finished in a tie for fourth place.

North Carolina was the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC, with 57 first-place votes out of 59.  The Tar Heels were followed in the preseason poll by Duke, Florida State, Virginia, Miami and Virginia Tech.  North Carolina's Harrison Barnes was the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, while Duke's Austin Rivers was tabbed the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers return three starters in Devin Booker, Tanner Smith and Andre Young.  Clemson also returns sixth man Milton Jennings, as well as veterans Catalin Baciu and Bryan Narcisse.  Entering the fold this season for Brownell's team are five scholarship freshmen, including four-star forward Bernard Sullivan and guards Devin Coleman, Rod Hall, K.J. McDaniels and T.J. Sapp.  Clemson lost its top two scorers from last season in Demontez Stitt and Jerai Grant.

ACC Preseason Media Poll

1. North Carolina (57)                     706

2. Duke (2)                                          649

3. Florida State                                  560

4. Virginia                                            463

5. Miami                                               455

6. Virginia Tech                                  411

7. Clemson                                          403

8. NC State                                          316

9. Maryland                                        264

10. Georgia Tech                              176

11. Wake Forest                               109

12. Boston College                           90

Press release courtesy of Clemson Athletic Office.