Brownell recaps 2011-12 season

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AUDIO: Brad Brownell press conference

CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell

Head Coach

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“We certainly had a few ups and downs at the beginning of the year,” Brownell said. “We knew it would take a while with some freshmen having to play, and roles changing for a lot of people. Lost a few games early that were disappointing. It was a learning process for this team. It took a while for us to get to where we were playing our best.

“When we got to the end of the ACC, we were playing good basketball. We just didn't finish out the way we liked. I’m proud of the way our guys finished the year. I’m certainly disappointed with the last half of the last game, like all the players are on our team. I really think our guys did a good job of improving this year, playing pretty well in the month of February."

Brownell loses four seniors – and three team leaders in Andre YoungAndre Young

Sr. Guard

#11 5-9, 175

Albany, GA

View Full Profile , Tanner SmithTanner Smith

Sr. Guard

#5 6-5, 210

Alpharetta, GA

View Full Profile and Bryan NarcisseBryan Narcisse

Sr. Forward

#21 6-6, 220

North Augusta, SC

View Full Profile – and faces a 2012-13 season in which he will have just two upperclassmen: Milton JenningsMilton Jennings

Jr. Forward

#24 6-9, 225

Summerville, SC

View Full Profile and Devin BookerDevin Booker

Jr. Forward

#31 6-8, 245

Whitmire, SC

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"We'll have to talk to Devin and Milt about being leaders and about the approach that we want,” Brownell said. “Leadership doesn't discriminate. You can be a leader and be a young player. You can be a leader and be an assistant coach. You can be a leader and be a manger. There's a lot of different ways to lead. There's a lot of different ways for guys to show leadership qualities and help other people. Next year's team will have to do that. I don't know that it will be just Devin and Milt."

Next year’s team will have 10 freshmen and sophomores on the roster, and Brownell said that makes next season a learning process as well.

"You want more depth. You want more experience. You want older guys,” he said. “Unless your freshmen can just come in and be tremendous difference makers, it's a process...our freshmen coming in, we're going to have the same questions. There are going to be a couple, physically, it'll be demanding for them. There will be a couple where I'm sure the basketball will be very demanding, in terms of how much they're asked to do, and how quickly."

The Tigers failed to make either the NCAA or the NIT Tournaments, and Brownell said he never gave any serious consideration to any of the other tournaments, calling the extra practice time a non-issue.

“I think the extra practice time is a little over-rated,” he said. “Some of our guys are going to get work in this week, but it'll be with a coach. It'll be two coaches and a player or a coach and a player and a guy who's rebounding. Really, I think that's even more beneficial in some ways, right now. We've been practicing with these guys for four or five months. We've done enough team practice. We have some individual weakness. We know we've got to get back and address those. That's part of the reason.

"The other part is looking at our seniors. I think our seniors were really about done, finished emotionally. Physically, they were tired. Emotionally, as much as anything. Next year, with more younger players and those guys needing to play even more, maybe. If we would have gone into a tournament, postseason, Andre would have played 30 minutes. Tanner would have played 30 minutes. You're not going to go into a tournament and then not play your best players or play them half the time. That doesn't make any sense. The crazy thing is, half those teams have already lost. It's over and it's Wednesday. All these people that think practice time. What are you going to get? A week? It's not going to make up for a lot. A lot of factors, but with this year's team, just didn't think it was worth it."

Brownell must figure out a way to integrate the new players with the rising sophomores, and one of the positions that will be up for grabs is the point guard spot.

“I think that battle will be between Rod [Hall], Adonis [Filer] and Jordan [Roper]. Those three guys will most likely be competing for the point guard minutes,” he said. “You can put a couple of those guys out there. Rod can play with Adonis or Jordan, based on the fact that Rod is so strong. He can guard a lot of different people."

2011-12 Men's Basketball 16-15, 8-8 ACC

Nov 5 Sat Queens (Exh) 68-35 W
Nov 11 Fri Gardner-Webb 65-44 W
Nov 16 Wed at The Citadel 73-50 W
Nov 19 Sat Col of Charleston 72-69 L
Nov 22 Tue Coastal Carolina 60-59 L
Nov 25 Fri Furman 59-49 W
Nov 29 Tue ^at Iowa 71-55 W
Dec 4 Sun South Carolina 58-55 L
Dec 10 Sat at Arizona 63-47 L
Dec 17 Sat Winthrop 60-40 W
Dec 19 Mon Alabama State 70-45 W
Dec 22 Thu #vs. UTEP 61-48 L
Dec 23 Fri #vs. So. Illinois 83-75 W
Dec 25 Sun #vs. Hawaii 75-68 L
Jan 1 Sun East Tennessee State 66-58 W
Jan 7 Sat Florida State 79-59 W
Jan 12 Thu at Boston College 59-57 L
Jan 15 Sun Duke 73-66 L
Jan 18 Wed at Miami 76-73 L
Jan 21 Sat Georgia Tech 64-62 W
Jan 28 Sat Wake Forest 71-60 W
Jan 31 Tue at Virginia 65-61 L
Feb 4 Sat at Virginia Tech 67-65 L
Feb 7 Tue Maryland 64-62 L
Feb 11 Sat at Wake Forest 78-58 W
Feb 14 Tue Virginia 60-48 W
Feb 18 Sat at North Carolina 75-52 L
Feb 21 Tue !at Georgia Tech 56-37 W
Feb 25 Sat NC State 72-69 W
Mar 1 Thu Virginia Tech 58-56 W
Mar 4 Sun at Florida State 80-72 L
ACC Tournament

03/08 Thu Virginia Tech 68-63 L
# - Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
^ - Big Ten/ACC Challenge
! ? Game will be played at Philips Arena
RSN ? Regional Sports Network

#10 C Catalin Baciu
#31 F/C Devin Booker
#15 G Devin Coleman
#2 G Carson Fields
#4 G Rod Hall
#24 F Milton Jennings
#32 G K.J. McDaniels
#21 F Bryan Narcisse
#1 G T.J. Sapp
#5 G Tanner Smith
#22 F Bernard Sullivan
#11 G Andre Young

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