The Clemson basketball staff is proud of the fact that KJ McDaniels came to them three years ago as a lightly regarded player and left their program as a potential first round NBA draft pick. It's that kind of player development the staff sells in recruiting and it's a pitch they made to 6-5 Rayjon Tucker of Charlotte on his visit Monday.
"Oh man, I loved it, it was great," said Tucker who spent the day with head coach Brad Brownell and assistant Earl Grant. "They are in it to get my skill development up. They think they have one of the best development coaching staffs that can help elevate my game."
Tucker did not leave Clemson with an offer but he feels one is not too far away.
"They love me and they love my game," he said. "They want to watch a couple more of my (AAU) games. I loved it. It just felt like home."
Tucker has offers from Boston College, Charlotte, Rice, Western Kentucky, Wofford, Presbyterian, Campbell, Radford, Gardner-Webb, UNC-Greensboro and Abilene-Christian. He has visited Charlotte and might visit Boston College soon.
Last season Tucker helped lead his team to a third straight state championship averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
And what's the best part of his game? "Athleticism." Does that remind Clemson fans of anyone?