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.”