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.”