As the Tigers prepare for their Italy trip, they gained a commitment to the future for Clemson basketball.
Shelby (N.C.) shooting guard Gabe DeVoe pledged to the Tigers Tuesday night, becoming the first Clemson commit for the 2014 class.
“The recruiting process gets a little aggravating,” DeVoe told the Shelby Star. “So I decided I was going to get it out of the way. Now I won’t have to worry about anything, you can just go enjoy your senior year.”
The 6-3 rising senior averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season as the South Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
He had offers from Charlotte, Xavier, Richmond among more, drawing interest from Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Butler reportedly.
DeVoe looked at both the direction of the program and what his future can be academically before pulling the trigger on a commitment.
“They’ve got a pretty young team, last year I got to see them play a lot and they lost a lot of close games,” he said. “The coaching staff is really fun to be around, I like the direction they’re taking it.
“I also like the school: Clemson is still Clemson, you get a good education.”
In current team makeup, the Tigers have no seniors going into the 2013-14 season, four scholarship juniors (Rod Hall, Damarcus Harrison, K.J McDaniels and Ibrahim Djambo), five sophomores (Adonis Filer, Jordan Roper, Josh Smith, Landry Nnoko, Devin Coleman) and four freshmen (Jaron Blossomgame, Austin Ajukwa, Patrick Rooks and Sidy Djitte).