The Clemson men’s basketball program experienced one of its best seasons in recent memory in 2017-18, and the Tigers now have enough coming back to build upon that success.
On Wednesday, ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Borzello reported Clemson guards Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell will return to school for the 2018-19 season.
Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed are both returning to Clemson, source confirmed to ESPN.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 30, 2018
The two guards entered the 2018 NBA Draft in April, but they didn’t hire an agent. NBA draft prospects can “test the waters” and still return to school as long as they don’t hire an agent. The deadline to make their pro decision is May 30.
Reed led the Tigers in scoring last season, averaging 15.8 points per game. He also recorded 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.
Mitchell finished fourth on the team with a 12.2 points per game average while leading the Tigers with 3.6 assists.
With both players coming back, Clemson returns three starters from the team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and challenged Kansas, which advanced to the Final Four, in the regional semifinals. Forward Elijah Thomas is the third returning starter, and he also averaged double digits in scoring per game.
Clemson went 25-10, including 11-7 in the ACC last season. The 25 victories was the most for the Tigers since 2006-07, and the 11-7 conference mark was good enough for fourth in the conference.