Clemson experienced a good deal of roster turnover and assistant coaching changes this offseason, but one aspect of the team that has remained constant is the Tigers’ dynamic duo in the frontcourt.
Rising junior forward/center PJ Hall and soon-to-be fifth-year forward Hunter Tyson both decided to remain with the program, giving head coach Brad Brownell a dependable pairing in the frontcourt.
Compared to the rest of the nation, 247Sports’ Isaac Trotter recently ranked Clemson’s frontcourt at No. 17.
Here’s what he had to say about the Tigers.
P.J. Hall may be one of college basketball’s best-kept secrets. The Clemson big man was fantastic, averaging 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while being the engine of the Tigers’ offense. Hall rated in the 91st percentile in post-ups, per Synergy, averaging a terrific 1.07 points per possession. Hall even drained 24 treys and shot 78% from the charity stripe. Clemson also has veteran forward Hunter Tyson who simply just refuses to make mistakes. Hall and Tyson are winning players.
Last season, Hall and Tyson both battled through injuries. Hall was on-and-off the court with a foot injury, while Tyson missed significant time with a broken clavicle.
Still, in terms of minutes played per game, Hall and Tyson are the most experienced players returning from last season’s team.
Trotter only had two ACC teams, North Carolina and Duke, ahead of the Tigers, so if Hall and Tyson can stay healthy, they’ll compete for the conference’s top frontcourt.