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Shooting guard becomes Clemson’s first 2016 commitment

Brad Brownell

Brad Brownell


With perimeter shooting being an issue for Clemson in recent years, the hope is that their latest recruit can help the Tigers turn things around in that area.

6-foot-6 shooting guard Scott Spencer verbally committed to Brad Brownell’s program Wednesday afternoon per multiple reports, becoming the Tigers’ first pledge in the Class of 2016. The three-star wing attends Blue Ridge School and became the high school’s second commitment in as many days, with forward Mamadi Diakite making his pledge to Virginia on Tuesday.

Clemson has just one scholarship senior in its current backcourt (Jordan Roper), meaning that many of the players will be back when Spencer sets foot on campus in 2016. Among those are point guard Avry Holmes, who will play his first season at Clemson after sitting out the 2014-15 campaign following his transfer in from San Francisco.

Clemson has two other transfer guards who will sit out the 2015-16 season in Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed, and they add freshman Ty Hudson to the mix. Clemson ranked dead last in the ACC in scoring offense last season (62.7 ppg), and they were 14th in both field goal (40.9 percent) and three-point (29.9 percent) percentage.

Spencer shot nearly 41 percent from three for the Team Wall grassroots program at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, scoring a total of 50 points in the team’s final two games.