The Clemson backcourt is a work-in-progress, and probably will be all season.
As the Tigers move into the final run-up to their ACC schedule, coach Brad Brownell is liking much of what he's seeing from the trio of Rod Hall, Adonis Filer and Jordan Roper.
Roper, a freshman from Irmo, S.C., made his first start on Saturday against Florida A&M, and he used the occasion to demonstrate the perimeter component to an offensive game that made him one of the state's most prolific scorers during his high school career.
“He made shots which was good to see," said Brownell following Roper's 4-of-5 performance from behind the three-point arc. "He’s got to get better defensively but he plays with confidence.
"I think our guys feel like he’s a guy who can make shots for us. It was a looser game so there were more shots to be had, but, give him credit, he made the ones where he was open. For our team right now, that was something we desperately needed.”
Brownell says Roper is developing as more of a shooting guard at this point, while Hall is settling into a role as a more pure point guard.
“It all just kind of depends," said Brownell. "Jordan has been playing more off the ball because that’s what we need. Rod has done a good job and gotten better.
"With Adonis (Filer) and Jordan both, I don’t know that either one of them are pure point guards. Rod is turning himself into more of a pure point guard. I think that’s what good about those guys is that they’re just players, and you can just play them."
Brownell said both Roper and Filer display an 'attack mentality.'
"Certain decision making skills need to get better for both of them, but they both have an attack mentality to where if there’s a crease they’re going to attack and go score," he said. "They’re not hesitant to take a shot. That can be a good thing, because you need guys who are thinking about making baskets.”