Clemson’s top scorer PJ Hall to have right knee surgery

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s top scorer PJ Hall will need right knee surgery and there’s no timetable yet for when he might return to the court, the school said Monday.

Hall is a 6-foot-10 rising junior who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, and led Clemson with 38 blocks – nearly half of the team’s 77.

He had an MRI on Friday that revealed a subluxation of the patella, meaning his right kneecap had slid out of place.

Hall had surgery on one of his feet in the offseason to correct a problem that had lingered much of last year.

“It’s unfortunate, but you can’t change it,” Hall said in a statement. “Not every road is paved perfectly.”

Hall was expected to take another big step forward for the Tigers next season. Coach Brad Brownell said Hall will stay engaged throughout his latest rehab and help the team will his leadership.

“I know he will attack this latest obstacle with the same grit and determination that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him,” Brownell said.

Clemson adds Brevin Galloway to men’s basketball roster

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson has added Boston College transfer Brevin Galloway to its men’s basketball roster.

Galloway is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound guard who is from Anderson, South Carolina. Next year will be Galloway’s sixth in college.

Galloway started his career at the College of Charleston and moved as a graduate transfer to the Eagles and first-year coach Earl Grant, who was his coach in Charleston.

Galloway played 25 games for the Eagles, averaging 8.3 points. He was second on the team with 44 3-pointers.

Tigers coach Brad Brownell said Galloway will add experience to his club, along with his outside shooting. His addition is “such a great fit not just for us, but for him as well,” Brownell said.

Galloway’s brother, Braden, played four seasons as a tight end for Clemson football from 2018-21.

Clemson coach adds Donlon, Dixon to men’s basketball staff

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson has hired Billy Donlon as associate head coach and Sean Dixon as assistant for men’s basketball.

Tigers coach Brad Brownell announced the additions Monday.

Donlon will make $450,000 a year for the two-year deal. Dixon, also given a two-year contract, will earn $285,000 per season. The deals were approved by school’s board of trustees’ compensation committee.

Brownell said it was a “great day” for Clemson basketball in a statement. “They bring a tremendous amount of success in their careers as both Division I players and coaches,” he said.

Donlon had been the head coach Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) since 2019. He previously coached on Brownell’s staff at Wright State and North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Donlon took over Wright State after Brownell took the job at Clemson after the 2009-10 season.

After going 109-94 in six seasons at Wright State, he worked as an assistant at Michigan and then Northwestern before getting hired for UMKC head coach.

Dixon spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Middle Tennessee. He’s also coached on the staff at Presbyterian and UNC Asheville.

Clemson went 17-16 last season, the ninth straight winning season – and 11th in 12 seasons – under Brownell.

Clemson adds Princeton’s top scorer Jaelin Llewellyn to roster

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson has added Princeton’s leading scorer Jaelin Llewellyn to its roster.

The school announced the addition. Llewellyn, who played three seasons with the Ivy League school, will be eligible to play this fall.

Llewellyn is a 6-foot-2 point guard from Canada who was selected to the All-Ivy League first team last season after averaging 15.7 points a game. He was eighth in the conference at three-point shooting (38.6 %).

He led his team in scoring the past two seasons.

Llewellyn is expected to take control at the point after Clemson’s two starters this season in Nick Honor and Al-Amir Dawes both entered the transfer portal.

Clemson men’s basketball guard Dawes enters transfer portal

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson point guard Al-Amir Dawes has entered the transfer portal, becoming the second Tigers’ point guard to do so since the season ended.

Team spokesman Ben Winterrowd confirmed Dawes’ decision in a text message Tuesday.

Dawes is a 6-foot-2 junior from Newark, New Jersey. He started 66 games in three seasons including 25 this past season when he was second on the team in scoring (11.3 points a game) and led the Tigers with 84 3-pointers.

Dawes was among the team’s best outside shooters, hitting nearly 40% from behind the arc and nearly 90% from the foul line.

Dawes joins Nick Honor in entering the portal. Honor was a former Fordham transfer and had spent the past three seasons with the Tigers.

The Tigers finished 17-16 in the 2021-22 season.

Clemson’s Collins suspended 1 game for foul vs. Duke’s Moore

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson guard David Collins has been suspended one game by the Atlantic Coast Conference for a foul on Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. that Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said was a “dangerous” play.

Collins, the 6-foot-4 graduate transfer from South Florida, will miss the Tigers home game Saturday against Notre Dame.

Moore stole the ball from Collins in the first half and appeared to have a clear lane for an uncontested layin. However, Collins undercut Moore while in the air and the Duke forward crashed hard against the floor.

“One of the most dangerous plays that I’ve ever seen,” Krzyzewski said after the game.

Moore got up soon after and continued playing. He finished with eight points and a team high eight assists in the seventh-ranked Blue Devils 82-64 victory.

Collins was ejected for the flagrant 2 foul.

The scene looked like it might get ugly as Krzyzewski rushed to Moore’s side and players from both sides began shouting at each other.

A few moments later, Clemson coach Brad Brownell and Collins jogged to Duke’s bench. Collins apologized to Krzyzewski and Moore, Krzyzewski hugging Collins twice.

Collins apologized again in a statement on social media, saying he was trying to block the shot at the goal but got there too late and couldn’t stop his momentum.

“I apologize to everybody for a reckless play I’m glad Wendell is okay,” Collins wrote in his post.

Collins is third on the team with 10.5 points a game. He’s started all 24 games for the Tigers (12-12, 4-9).