Brad Brownell on signees: 'Both players can really score the basketball'

Coach says Ajukwa 'can create his own shot,' while Rooks is an outstanding shooter with 'a quick release and deep range'

Clemson Basketball - Head coach Brad Brownell & Adonis Filer

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Clemson Basketball - Head coach Brad Brownell & Adonis Filer

Where's the scoring going to come from?

The big question mark of Brad Brownell's first three seasons at Clemson may be a little easier to answer in the future following the signing on Wednesday of three-star wing guards Austin Ajukwa of Columbia, S.C. and Patrick Rooks of Charlotte, N.C.

“We feel really good about the signing of Austin and Patrick,” Brownell said. “We’ve tracked them the last couple of years, and both players can really score the basketball. Both are good students and come from great families, and we’re excited to have them at Clemson.”

Brownell described Ajukwa, from Cardinal Newman School, as "an athletic wing that can play a variety of positions."

“He had a very good junior year, followed by an outstanding summer," said Brownell. "He will be a very good player at Clemson because he can do a lot of different things on the court. He has an ability to create his own shot, and can use his athleticism to make difficult shots at times.”

Rooks comes from an athletic family. His mother, Velda, was a track athlete at Appalachian State, and his father, Steven, played basketball at nearby Southern Wesleyan. His mother earned a master’s degree from Clemson.

“Patrick is an outstanding shooter with a quick release and deep range,” Brownell said. “He will help us stretch defenses, and will play with the scoring mentality that you need from a few guys on your team. He’s a good pull-up jump shooter.

"He is a young man who has followed this program for several years and always wanted to wear orange. That is exciting to me.”

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YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

Only question is whether these guys still come to Clemson once Brownell is FIRED at the end of the season. Someone did him a favor by giving him Purdue in the ACC/Big10 challenge. But he's going to get beat badly by Gonzaga and Arizona. Then comes the conference schedule and the losses will pile up (@Duke, UNC, NC State 2x, FSU 2x, @MD). Then they still have 2 games each against Miami and UVa. Just going 2-2 with those schools would be tough. Brownell better clean-up against BC, GT, VT, and WF b/c those are the only winnable games outside the state of SC.

I'm sure these 2 guys he signed are great kids but they're not ACC caliber players. And Brad Brownell is not an ACC caliber coach. Pitt, Syracuse, ND, and possibly UConn will be joining the ACC soon. The league is getting tougher. You guys need to decide whether you want to field a basketball team or not and decide accordingly. Brad Brownell can't and won't cut it in this conference.

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