Strength in numbers: Brownell will man point guard spot with versatile trio

Sophomore Rod Hall competing with freshmen Adonis Filer, Jordan Roper in Clemson backcourt

Men's Basketball - Rod Hall

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Men's Basketball - Rod Hall

Three young players, with a grand total of one season and 519 minutes of college experience.

That's what coach Brad Brownell has to work with at the Tigers' point guard position this season.

He's hoping there will prove to be strength in numbers.

"I think it'll be a little bit 'by-committee,' with Rod Hall, Adonis Filer and Jordan Roper," said Brownell on Wednesday, when asked who will step in for Andre Young this season. "There will be great competition at that position, and I think all three will play.

Hall takes over at starting point guard

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"In the short time that we've all been together so far, I don't know that any one of them has emerged as a guy who's head and shoulders above the others. I think they all bring different things."

Hall, who started nine games and played in 31 last season as a first-year freshman, has a head start in experience, and is a tough, physical defender.

"Rod certainly understands what we're trying to do, has a little experience," Brownell said. "And he has a college-ready body."

The same can be said of Filer, a Chicago-area recruit whose brother was a linebacker at Notre Dame.

"Adonis is physically ready to play and is a very good on-ball defender," Brownell said.

Filer wants to bring energy to Clemson

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The player with the offensive edge may be Roper, who showed himself to be prolific and creative scorer during his high school career at Irmo, S.C.

"I think Jordan is a little better than the other two at making baskets," said Brownell. "He's a little bit clever. But he's wispy - thin and light. He's done a good job in working hard, and has put on about seven or eight pounds since he got here. He does find ways to make some baskets at times, but he has a ways to go in terms of learning exactly how we want to play, and getting comfortable with how we play.

"That's the challenge for him and Adonis, really."

Brownell's plan is to give all three players an opportunity to show what they can do for the team, and then adjust as the season progresses.

"They all bring different strengths, and we'll use them all at different times," he said. "And then if one emerges, maybe he'll play a little more."

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