Basketball: Ajukwa picks Clemson

Tigers release 2012-13 schedule

From Staff ReportsSeptember 14, 2012 

Cardinal Newman's Austin Ajukwa is fouled as he dunks over Florence Christian's Trae Livingston during their SCISA Class AAA playoff game at the Sumter County Civic Center, Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

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Cardinal Newman standout Austin Ajukwa committed to Clemson while on an unofficial visit Thursday. He picked Clemson over USC.

“I just figure out that it was the right place for me,” Ajukwa said. “It’s a family down here.”

Ajukwa averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game last season, and Clemson coach Brad Brownell sold him on the idea of being an early contributor.

“He wants players who can make baskets and that’s why he wanted me really bad,” Ajukwa said.

Ajukwa’s decision comes a day after an in-home visit with USC coach Frank Martin.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” he said. “I had to give South Carolina great consideration, and they are trying to do some good things.”

Ajukwa is Clemson’s second commitment for the 2013 class.

Phil Kornblut

Clemson announces schedule

Clemson released its 2012-13 basketball schedule, which includes the program’s first 18-game ACC schedule and a non-conference slate that boasts home games against Arizona and Purdue.

The Tigers also add a trip to Orlando, Fla., for the Old Spice Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday, where they will open against Gonzaga.

“We have a very challenging schedule,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “We’re unbelievably excited to bring Purdue and Arizona to Littlejohn Coliseum. They’re perennial NCAA teams. It’s unbelievably hard to get those kind of games at home. Hopefully our fans will understand how special that is.”

The Tigers’ 18-game ACC schedule will feature home-and-home series against Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Clemson will play home games only against North Carolina and Wake Forest, and road games only against Duke and Maryland.

Clemson’s 2012-13 schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME
Mon, Nov. 5Lander (Exhibition)7 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 12Presbyterian7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 16at Furman7 p.m.
Old Spice Classic at Orlando Fla.
Thu, Nov. 22vs. Gonzaga9 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 23vs. Oklahoma/UTEPTBA
Sun, Nov. 25vs. TBATBA
Wed, Nov. 28Purdue7:15 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 2at South CarolinaNoon
Sat, Dec. 8Arizona8 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 15Florida A&M7 p.m.
Wed, Dec. 19at Coastal Carolina7 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 23S.C. State2 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 1The Citadel4 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 5Florida State4 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 8at Duke7 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 12VirginiaNoon
Tue, Jan. 15Wake Forest7 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 20at N.C. State6 p.m.
Thu, Jan. 24at Florida State8 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 27Virginia Tech1 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 29Georgia Tech7 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 2at Boston CollegeNoon
Thu, Feb. 7at Virginia7 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 10N.C. State1 p.m.
Thu, Feb. 14at Georgia Tech7 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 17Miami6 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 23at MarylandNoon
Thu, Feb. 28North Carolina7 p.m.
Sat, March 2at Virginia Tech8 p.m.
Tue, March 5Boston College7 p.m.
Sat, March 9at Miami2:30 p.m.
ACC tournament at Greensboro, N.C.
Thu, March 14TBA

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