Winning in-state battle for high-scoring Austin Ajukwa a big step for Brad Brownell

ESPN's Dave Telep: 'Austin’s not only a good kid and a good student, he’s a kid who can score the basketball'

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell talks to his players in the second half at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell talks to his players in the second half at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

The addition of in-state wing guard Austin Ajukwa is an important one for Brad Brownell and the Tiger men's basketball program, according to ESPN's national basketball recruiting analyst.

“This is a big one for Clemson,” wrote Dave Telep. “He’s a guy that flew below the radar, but we evaluated to be a high major prospect this summer. There wound up being a little tussle between the Tigers and Gamecocks for his services.

“Austin’s not only a good kid and a good student, he’s a kid who can score the basketball. It’s a big in-state win for Brad Brownell.”

Ajukwa, from Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, elevated his recruiting profile over the summer with an electrifying 36-point performance during the Big Shots camp at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He is the second player committed to the Tigers for the 2013 recruiting class, joining guard Patrick Rooks of Charlotte, N.C. Players will be able to sign during college basketball's early recruiting period in November.

While picking up the commitment from Ajukwa, Brownell and his staff missed out missed out on a pair of Atlanta-area forwards who announced decisions for other schools during the past week.

Quinton Stephens, a 6-8 forward from Marist High in Atlanta, selected Georgia Tech. He visited Clemson earlier this month, and also had offers from Georgia and UAB.

A.J. Davis of Buford, Ga. announced for Tennessee, following a weekend visit to Clemson.

Clemson remains among the frontrunners for one of the nation's top-rated shooting guards in Sindarius Thornwell of Lancaster, S.C., who is playing this year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

The Tigers also remain involved with 6-9 BeeJay Anya of Hyattsville, Md. He has set official visits to Pittsburgh, Louisville and Ohio State, and an unofficial visit to N.C. State.

Others still be recruited by the Tigers include 6-9 center Demetrius Henry of Brandon, Fla.; 6-7 forward Davante Fitzgerald of Tucker, Ga.; 6-5 Jabari McGhee of Albany, Ga.; and 6-7 Chris Davenport of McDonough, Ga

Around the ACC: Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest all added basketball commitments last week.

New Hokies coach James Johnson got an up-tempo wing guard in Donte Clark, a top-100 rated player from Hargrave Military.

N.C. State got a highly-rated big man in 6-9 Kyle Washington from Wolfeboro, N.H., while Wake Forest added Miles Overton, a 6-3 wing who is the son of former NBA player Doug Overton.

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