Highs & lows, ups & downs: some final notes on the 2012-13 Tigers

Clemson sets season record for fewest turnovers, Devin Booker in double figures for final nine games

Clemson's Jordan Roper shoots a lay up in the first half.

Clemson's Jordan Roper shoots a lay up in the first half.

Some final notes on the 2012-13 Clemson men's basketball team:

Team Notes

- Clemson committed 11 turnovers on Thursday against Florida State and finished the season with 355 over 31 games. The 11.45 turnovers per game are the fewest on record for a Tiger team. The previous record was 11.57 per game by Rick Barnes’ 1994-95 team.

- The Tigers finished the season yielding 60.1 points per game. That is Clemson’s best scoring defense average since 1950. In fact, each of the top three best single-season scoring defenses since 1950 have been in Brad Brownell’s three seasons at Clemson.

- Clemson averaged 61.5 points per game in 2012-13, the lowest scoring average by a Tiger team since the 1970-71 squad averaged 58.9 per game.

- Clemson’s .317 three-point percentage for the season was its lowest since the 1996-97 team shot a .310 figure.

- Three different players – K.J. McDaniels (58), Devin Booker (35) and Milton Jennings (30) – all had at least 30 blocks for the season. That is the first time that has happened since 2008-09, when Trevor Booker, Raymond Sykes and Jerai Grant all achieved the feat.

- Clemson did not win a game in March, the first time that has happened since 2003-04.

Individual Notes

- Devin Booker had 11 points Thursday to give the senior double figures in his final nine games of his career.

- Booker concluded his career with 1,154 total points – tied with Sharrod Ford (2001-05) for 28th in Clemson history.

- Booker finished his career with 728 rebounds, 10th-most in school history.

- Booker and his older brother, Trevor, combined for 2,879 points in their respective careers at Clemson. They are the fourth-highest brother scoring combination in ACC history.

- Booker played in 128 games as a Tiger, tied with Sam Perry (2004-08) for eighth-most in Clemson history.

- Booker had 45 dunks this season, 10th-most in a single season in Clemson history.

- Milton Jennings, Clemson’s other senior, finished his career with 952 points and 605 rebounds. He is 22nd in Clemson history with the 605 rebounds.

- K.J. McDaniels had 16 points on Thursday against Florida State, giving him 304 for the season to equate to a 10.9 per game average. He improved his scoring average by 7.0 points per game as a sophomore, the biggest jump by a Tiger player since Will Solomon’s +14.6 increase as a sophomore in 1999-2000.

- McDaniels had two blocked shots on Thursday and 58 for the season. His blocked shot total was a single-season record by a Tiger player 6-foot-6 or shorter and actually tied Clemson’s career leader in that category, Perry, in one season alone.

- McDaniels blocked at least one shot in his final 18 games of the 2012-13 season. That is the longest streak by any Clemson player since Sharone Wright went 47 in a row with a block from 1991-94.

- McDaniels made 32 three-pointers as a sophomore, an increase of 25 from his freshman season.

- Jordan Roper led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points on Thursday against Florida State. It was the second straight season a freshman led the Tigers in scoring in the ACC Tournament, as Devin Coleman had 15 versus Virginia Tech in 2012 in Atlanta.

- Roper made at least one three-pointer in nine straight games to end his freshman season, and led the Tigers for the season with 41. He is the first freshman to lead Clemson in three-pointers since Terrence Oglesby in 2007-08.

- Roper reached double figures in the scoring column in 11 games and averaged 11 points per game in Clemson’s final 11 contests.

- Roper finished the season with a team-best .414 accuracy from three-point range. He is the first freshman since Oglesby to shoot at least .400 for a season from three, and one of only five in Clemson history to accomplish the feat (based on minimum of 25 attempts).

- Roper recorded career-highs for free throws made (9) and attempted (13) on Thursday against Florida State.

- Roper led the Tigers this season with 35 steals. He is the first freshman to lead Clemson in steals since Vernon Hamilton had 50 in 2003-04 as a rookie.

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Comments » 3

waran writes:

I am glad it is over. One of the worst seasons that I have witnessed. We went from bad to worse.

miketiger71 writes:

Worst season in ten years (Purnell's first). Most seasons you can see improvement from start to finish - not this team. Being blown out by Coastal Carolina was the first signal and a 4-5 ACC home record was the last. One scholarship left - get an ACC caliber scorer. You're on the clock coach

wlw4281 writes:

The teams play "flat" and uninspired.
I attended the home games for Miami and UNC.
Littlejohn was the quietest I have ever heard for a UNC game. The team played uninspired. I cannot believe we cannot get our players fired up to play the Tarheels.I cannot express how embarresed I am about our lack of success in the ACC tournament and to see newer members of our league pass us in success. This has to change

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