Clemson Basketball Receives ACC Recognition

The Clemson basketball team will be back in the Big Dance for the first time since 2011 and the Tigers have received some post-season honors because of their success.

After a record-breaking season for Clemson's men's basketball team, three players earned postseason recognition Sunday when the ACC announced its All-Conference teams.

Junior guard Marcquise Reed was named to the Second Team after averaging a team-high 16.3 points on 38 percent shooting from the three-point line, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in his first season as a starter for Clemson. The 6-foot-3 Reed was often the team's closer in crunch time and is one of the main reasons the Tigers continued to thrive after losing Donte Grantham to a torn ACL. His 143 votes were the second-most on the Second Team and 25 fewer than the final First Team selection.

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Junior big man Elijah Thomas earned All-Defensive Team honors after averaging a career-high 2.3 blocks and 7.8 rebounds per game — 5.6 of which coming on the defensive end. He also averaged a career-high 10.7 points per game as the Tigers main option in the paint. Thomas received the third-most votes on the All-Defensive team and finished in third place in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Senior guard Gabe DeVoe was an Honorable Mention after averaging 13 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in his final collegiate season — all career-highs. DeVoe hit a career-high 39.9 percent of his three-pointers after only making 31 percent of them during his first three seasons.

The senior was nearly unstoppable during Clemson's first five games following Grantham's injury; after scoring 11 points against Virginia, he averaged nearly 23 points per game on 65 percent shooting from the three-point line. He cooled off in the team's final six games of the season, averaging 10.7 points on 29 percent shooting from the field and 28 percent shooting from three.

Head coach Brad Brownell finished a distant second to Virginia's Tony Bennett in the ACC Coach of the Year voting, finishing with eight votes to Bennett's 47. The eighth-year coach led Clemson to a 22-8 regular season record and a program-best 11 conference wins. The Tigers finished the season tied for third place in the ACC and earned the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament after being picked to finish 13th in the preseason polls.

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Clemson's first game of the ACC Tournament is on March 8 at 2 p.m., when they'll face the winner of Boston College/Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.