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Columbia native, Clemson starting guard tears ACL during prep for trip to Italy

Clyde Trapp’s junior season might be over before it began.

The Clemson junior and former Lower Richland standout tore his ACL in practice on Friday, the school announced. The Tigers were practicing before leaving for the trip to Italy.

Clemson is representing the USA as the National Team at the 2019 World University Games on July 3-14, in Naples, Italy.

Trapp was expected to be a starter and major contributor for the Tigers this season. He is the second Clemson player to tear ACL this offseason, joining Jonathan Baehre, who also was expected to play a major role.

“This is tough and unfortunate for Clyde and our team. Clyde is a very hard worker and was putting together a strong summer. I know he will continue that momentum when he returns to action,” Clemson coach Brad Bownell said.

Trapp played in 34 games last season and made seven starts. He averaged six points a game and scored a career-high 16 against Pittsburgh on Jan. 29.

Before coming to Clemson, Trapp helped Lower Richland to 2017 Class 4A title. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter of the 51-42 championship win over Wren.