The last time the Clemson basketball team went on an overseas trip in the summer, that led into the 2013-2014 season that ended in the NIT semi-finals in Madison Square Garden.
The Tigers are about to embark on a trip to Spain which they hope will lead to another deep run in March.
Clemson will have a new look this year as three starters are gone including All-ACC selection Jaron Blossomgame. Six newcomers are on the team which means the 10 allotted practices and the games in Spain will help accelerate their development.
"It gives them a head start that otherwise you wouldn't get," said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell.
"Then the opportunity to play some games is good for us to watch a guy in live action to see how he reacts. What does he really retain when the gun goes off and you're in live action out there. Sometimes practice don't always reveal that. So that's going to be really good."
One of the freshman who will benefit from the early work is Clyde Trapp. The former News19 Player of the Week from Lower Richland High School has shown progress in these summer practices according to the head coach.
"He's settled down a little bit, playing with a bit more confidence," said Brownell.
"He's also getting in better shape. I think everybody in high school thinks they're in shape until they come to a college practice and see how the extra 10 feet makes a difference in changing direction and how strong bodies pushing on you wears you down. He's done a good job in the weight room, He's gotten stronger."
Brownell added that Trapp's last two or three practices have seen the newcomer hit the court with more confidence.
"I've really seen a glimpse of him feeling more comfortable," Brownell said.
"That should only progress as he's here a little bit longer and I think he's a guy who'll greatly benefit from the trip."
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