Coach K says Brad Brownell is building 'a program...not a team'

'It starts from the tough-mindedness of Brad and his staff, and developing a system over these few years he’s been there

Basketball - Head coaches Brad Brownell and Mike Krzyzewski meet before the game

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Basketball - Head coaches Brad Brownell and Mike Krzyzewski meet before the game

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, ACC basketball's elder statesman, likes what he sees when he looks at Brad Brownell's Tigers.

Coach K, whose nationally-ranked Blue Devils were spanked last week on a trip to Littlejohn Coliseum, sees the Tigers as one of the ACC's top early-season storylines.

“A huge story is how well Clemson has done,” Krzyzewski said during the ACC coaches' teleconference on Monday. “They’re a program right now, not a team.”

Krzyzewski said Clemson's strength is two-fold, encompassing both current talent and playing system.

“They’re very athletic and they're smart,” Krzyzewski said. “They have two of the best shot-blockers in the conference (K.J. McDaniels and Landry Nnoko), and I think one of the best players in the conference in McDaniels. He’s a big-time pro prospect.

“I think it starts from the tough-mindedness of Brad and his staff, and developing a system over these few years he’s been there. It’s finally established, and I think he has good kids, they believe in him, they work hard, they don’t make many mistakes, and they’re tough to score against. That’s pretty much been what he has done in his previous stops as a coach.

“So it doesn’t surprise me, because I think a lot of him and what he’s done over the years.”

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BlueRidgeBengal writes:

Glad to see some praise for Coach Brownell and the team. Coach K doesn't just shower others with compliments.kudos.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

I am just flabbergasted at Coach K's comments on how our program is flourishing. I do believe Coach Brad is doing the rights things so we can have a good program and not just a good team every now and then. I am no big Coach K fan but having him give out compliments means a lot more to some as they do to others.

waran writes:

I am no Coach Brownell fan but I am cheered by what Coach K has said. More importantly, I see how we play each game... fight hard... and I now think we have a solid team.

lhaselden writes:

I think Coach Brownell is the best coach we have had in a long time... better than Ellis was as a coach just not as good a recruiter ... yet.
Best free throw shooting i have seen in years..... maybe ever
Best shot blocking since Tree.

SoCalTiger writes:

in response to lhaselden:

I think Coach Brownell is the best coach we have had in a long time... better than Ellis was as a coach just not as good a recruiter ... yet.
Best free throw shooting i have seen in years..... maybe ever
Best shot blocking since Tree.

What about OP? NCAA tournament appearances. Played in the ACC championship game. Spanked Duke and UNC at Littlejohn. But I am a huge Cliff Ellis fan.

I am on the fence about BB. His recruiting is not very good and some of his best players have transferred out. He's never beaten UNC, is 1-3 against Duke and VA. Never beaten Maryland. Is 2-5 against FSU. He's pretty even with BC, NCST and VT. He's never lost against GT or WF, so that's good. I think all will see what this team is made of in the upcoming games on the road. I just want them to break the Chapel Hill curse.

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