Brad Brownell continues to assemble the pieces of Clemson’s basketball future.
Jordan Roper, a 6-1 point guard from Irmo, SC, became the latest puzzle piece to fall into place when on Thursday he announced his intention to sign with the Tigers in November for the class of 2012.
Roper is Brownell’s eighth addition in the 2011-2012-2013 recruiting cycle, which will reshape the Tigers’ personnel chart over the next three seasons.
He is the first in-state player to join the Clemson program under Brownell.
Roper weighed early recruiting offers from major-level programs at Clemson and Virginia Commonwealth before making his decision.
“I’m pleased it worked out this way,” Roper told The State newspaper in Columbia. “Things didn’t work out with VCU. I couldn’t think of a better place to be than Clemson. They are close to home, and it will give my family and friends a chance to come see me play. Plus, having the opportunity to play in the ACC is more than I could ask for. It’s an elite place to play basketball.”
Roper averaged 20.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 3.0 assists per game at Irmo. He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 51 point guard by ESPN, which describes him as having “very good ball quickness” and as “a high-level athlete that thrives in an up-tempo environment….a speed demon that dictates tempo on both ends because he is able to pressure the ball 94 feet with his tremendous lateral quickness.”
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Class of 2011
Bernard Sullivan: A 6-8 power forward from Charlotte, NC, he’s a November, 2010 signee who is ranked among the top 100 players nationally and No. 10 at his position by Rivals. He averaged 15.2 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior and is described by Brownell as a versatile big man “with the kind of skill-set I like I those kinds of players.”
T.J. Sapp: A 6-4 guard from Oakland Park, FL, Sapp signed with the Tigers last November and went on to average 17.5 points while earning Florida all-state honors as a senior. Brownell describes him as “a combo guard who can make a three and handle the ball.”
Kevin McDaniels: A 6-6 wing forward from Birmingham, AL, he was a mainstay in leading Central Park Christian to a 45-3 record, a pair of state titles and a national NACA championship over the last two seasons. As a senior he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.
Devin Coleman: A 6-3 guard from Wynnewood, PA who excels as a penetrator, Coleman was one of the top players in the Philadelphia area. He led Friends Central High School to three straight independent schools state championships, and was a two-time all-state performer. He averaged 16.2 points per game as a senior and was one of the top scorers in the Capital Classic.
Rod Hall: A 6-2 guard and the final addition to Brownell’s 2011 class, Hall averaged 24.7 points per game as a senior at Laney High in Augusta, GA. He was a two-time Georgia all-state performer, and was twice named Augusta Chronicle Boys Player of the Year. He also earned first-team all-state honors as a wide receiver in football.
Class of 2012
Jarom Blossomgame: A 6-6 forward from Chattahoochee High in Alpharetta, GA, Blossomgame is ranked among the top 30 wing forwards in the combined classes of 2011-13 by ACC Sports Journal recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He averaged 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game last season. ESPN describes him as a “face-up four-man…an outstanding offensive rebounder who can knock down the open three” and notes that “if he grows a couple of inches, he becomes a nightmare to match-up and an absolute steal for Clemson.”
Jordan Roper: He’s a smooth, left-handed point guard with speed to burn and a scorer’s mentality, and is Brownell’s first in-state commitment.
Class of 2013
Patrick Rooks: A 6-3 shooting guard from Charlotte, NC Christian School, Rooks is rated as the No. 15 player at his position by ESPN for the class of 2013 and No. 68 nationally, overall. ESPN’s Dave Telep describes him as “a shot-maker, and one of the most improved players in the state of North Carolina…the deep threat that Brad Brownell utilizes in his offense.”