Brad Brownell: Just Who Is Clemson's New Basketball Coach?

With the news that Clemson has poached former Wright State head coach Brad Brownell to leads its basketball team, SB Nation's Clemson blog, Shakin' The Southland, takes a closer look at his previous record and coaching tendencies. The verdict? While Brownell's schemes may not be a huge adjustment for the Tigers, the team may have to get used to playing at a much, much more pedestrian pace than the one they were used to under the full-court pressing Purnell. From Shakin' The Southland:

[Brownell's] at least a decent recruiter (2010 class with 4 guys rated 80 or higher by ESPN) , with more ties in the Ohio area than in NC, and they play decent defense (61st Def. Eff by Kenpom), but they play a half-court game and very slow tempo (316th). His teams really take the air out of the ball, but play with discipline and hustle. Those are two things I would like to see out of our current players.

He's young, and is known as a pretty good X's and O's coach, and if he brought in the right staffers to recruit into Atlanta I think I would support this hire by TDP. He runs a 3-2 motion set with man/man defense and a bit of 2-3 zone to mix it up. He runs his 3-2 with the PF/C in the high post, perfect for Milton Jennings. Damien Leonard would fit his offense perfectly as well. I doubt his scheme would be a huge adjustment for our players and we could possibly win immediately with it.

Clemson fans, no strangers to first-round NCAA tournament exits under Oliver Purnell, must be at least a little worried, however, that Brownell has never advanced to the round of 32 (in three tries) himself. Plus ça change...

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