Clemson basketball is a day away from departing for an extended stay in Spain, with games, practices and a whole lot of bonding on tap.
The Tigers graduated a hefty amount of experience and have brought in plenty of youth and experienced new faces ahead of the 2017-18, leading coach Brad Brownell looking forward to the trip and eager to see his team continue to grow together.
“We won’t make too much out of what happens in terms of game play and stuff that’s going on now because we’re still a long way away from our first regular-season game,” Brownell said per GreenvilleOnline.com. “But I really like the camaraderie our guys have. We have a youthful enthusiasm and a kind of youthful exuberance that we haven’t had the last couple of years because we haven’t had very many freshmen.”
Clemson signed four freshman in Clyde Trapp, Anthony Oliver, Malik William and Aamir Simms, while also bringing in transfers Mark Donnal and David Skara. Donnal is a grad transfer from Michigan and Skara sat out last season at Clemson as a transfer from Valparaiso.
Clemson will visit Madrid, Toledo, Valencia and Barcelona, with games against Spanish professional teams in Madrid and Barcelona. It is scheduled to play four games, while also having held extra practices in advance of the trip.
The Tigers finished last season with a 17-16 mark with a first-round loss in the NIT.