Devin Booker is driving the bus, with Milton Jennings riding shotgun and K.J. McDaniels looking over both their shoulders.
But as Clemson works its toward Saturday's mid-point of this year's 18-game ACC schedule, Booker, Jennings and McDaniels will carry the Tigers only as far as the supporting cast allows.
The Tigers youthful depth was put to the test earlier this week by a Georgia Tech team that rotates its big men and pushes the pace. Every scholarship Tiger played in the first half, and several stepped forward with the kind of performances Clemson needs game-in and game-out to carve out a spot in the upper half of the ACC.
Sophomore Bernard Sullivan provided plays on both ends of the floor.
“Bernard was great tonight," said Brad Brownell after Clemson's 63-60 win over the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday. "He’s been working at it. In practice sometimes he has played well and other times he has struggled. Sometimes the game seems to move a little fast for him...But tonight he knocked down a three, and the tip-dunk he had was terrific.
"There is a huge difference in Bernard this year compared to last year. Last year, he was a completely different guy with his ailments, and he struggled. He still isn’t one of those guys with conditioning that is great, but he has his explosiveness back.
"Obviously, you saw that on the put-back tonight," he added. "We have seen more explosiveness in the 4-6 weeks with him, and that has been really good to see. There is just some things he struggles with a little bit, but today he was big. We don’t win the game if he doesn’t play that well. He fought inside better and hung in there with some bigger guys.”
Likewise, sophomore guard Rod Hall has emerged as a mainstay, while playing a mostly complementary role.
"A lot of times he's got a lot of hockey assists - he's the pass that leads to a pass that leads to a basket," Brownell said. "He plays a very good poise. Our guys have a great deal of confidence in him."
While Brownell says that while Hall isn't "a high-level scorer" himself, he gets the ball into scoring position for others.
"Rod does is a tremendous passer, and he's a very unselfish player," said Brownell. "He's a guy that consistently is looking to get other people shots. He's very tough minded, a very tough, physical player. So his personality is kind of what we want from Clemson basketball. I think he's probably an underrated player on our team."
Night after night, Hall and Damarcus Harrison draw the Tigers' toughest defensive assignments.
"He and Damarcus are both guarding the best players on the perimeter we've faced night in and night out, and those guys have done a good job of holding most of those guys to points below their average," said Brownell.
"I thought Demarcus had an unsung game (against Georgia Tech). He made a basket or two early and then another in the middle of the second half. He did some good things defensively."
Harrison finished with four of Clemson's dozen steals.
"He's long - he's 6-4 and long - and he has good anticipation," Brownell said. "He's good a good IQ and a pretty good feel for some things. It's really good to see him playing the way he's played these last several games."