Lower Richland’s Clyde Trapp will be leaving his hometown but not his state to play college basketball.
Trapp announced Wednesday he picked Clemson over South Carolina, Charlotte and Rice.
“It was the toughest decision of my life,” Trapp said. “It is so easy to say yes but hard to say no to guys you built relationships with over the period. I feel like we made a good decision and I’m just ready to hoop.”
Trapp was one of four Lower Richland basketball players to sign on the first day of the early period. The others were teammate Ja’Cor Nelson, and girls’ basketball players Kameron Roach (Kentucky) and Cailah Hicklin (Charleston Southern).
Of the four, Trapp was the only who hadn’t announced his decision and made his choice known at a ceremony at the Lower Richland gymnasium in front of students, friends and family. He had a black box with a question mark in front of it at the podium and pulled out an orange Clemson hat to announce his decision.
“Clemson brought everything to the table – academics, it’s in the ACC and my family and I felt the most comfortable,” Trapp said. “I felt home there. I’m not saying I didn’t feel home anywhere else but me and my parents just had that feeling.
“It was tough. My mind changed so many times. … I loved USC and playing close to home. But I thought Clemson is the place for me.”
Trapp’s last official visit was to Clemson over the weekend. He played AAU basketball for the South Carolina Tigers, who are coached by former Lower Richland and Clemson standout Ed Scott.
Trapp said he leaned on Scott and LR coach Caleb Gaither during the recruiting process.
“Any advice that he needed I was there for him,” Scott said. “I think Clyde showed this summer his understanding for the game. He stayed in the gym this summer and worked hard and improved his outside shooting and ball handling.”
The 6-foot-4 Trapp can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward. He averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game this past season for Lower Richland.
Trapp is part of a four-person Clemson signing class which includes Daniel’s A.J. Oliver, Malik William of Orlando and Aamir Simms of Dyke, Va.
“I think it helps the Clemson a lot,” Scott said of signing in-state players like Trapp and Oliver. “And with the young talent that is coming up on the high school level in the state, if Clemson is able to get more of the guys, then the sky is the limit.”