Operation Improve Clemson Basketball

Our Mission:

It is evident that the Clemson Basketball Team has not lived up to the standards of excellence that is prevalent in the rest of Clemson University. Our mission is to provide information as to how Clemson can improve the basketball team and why it is important to the University and students that the basketball program be improved.

Trailer for Presentation on April 25th. Daniel Room 207 3:30 p.m.

2014 NIT Semi-Finalist Clemson appeared in this post season tournament for a sixteenth time and has a mere 18-16 record all time in the event. The Clemson basketball team lost to Oakland in the first round of this year's NIT tournament.

Clemson's Past Success in the March Madness Tournament

Clemson's Men's Basketball Team has been to the March Madness Tournament 11 times, posting an overall 9-11 record. The team has not been to the tournament since 2011.

From 2008-2011 the Clemson Basketball made the March Madness Tournament. In all four years the team was beaten in the first round.

The furthest the team has made it in the tournament was in 1980 when the team advanced to the Regional Final (Elite Eight). The team was defeated by UCLA, 85-74.

The next furthest the team made it in the tournament was in 1997 when the team advanced to the Regional Semifinal (Sweet Sixteen). Clemson was defeated by Minnesota 90-84.

Meanwhile, the Clemson Football team just won the National Championship over Alabama. This is not a surprise by any means as the Clemson Football team was in the National Championship last year as well but fell just short of winning it all.

While Clemson Football constructed a 55 million dollar state of the art practice facility, Clemson Basketball has long lived in the shadow of the Football team.

This is evident in the comparison of the top 25 rankings for basketball and football over the past 15 years. Since Brad Brownell became the head coach in 2010, Clemson's basketball team has never reached the AP top 25. To put this into perspective, the football has only been left out of the top 25 one time since 2003, in Dabo Swinney's second year as a head coach (2010).

A frustrated Brad Brownell

This year's basketball team posted a 17-16 overall record. The team finished with a 6-12 ACC record (12th best out of the 15 teams in the ACC). "Best is the standard" is the motto of Clemson Sports and the Athletic Department and Basketball program need to abide by that motto.

It is time for a change in plans with the teams future, and maybe a change in coaching considering Brownell isn't the greatest "in-game-coach." Although the school extended Brownell's contract until the 2021 season, it is not out of the question to be actively looking for a new coach to bring the team to an elite level.

The Beautiful Littlejohn Coliseum

An awesome dunk. Very little witnesses were there to see it (see empty seats)

Student apathy toward the Clemson Basketball team is a major problem that needs to be addressed because if the team actually has fans to play for, then there will be increased motivation for success.

Solutions to Improve Student Attendance

1. IMPROVE THE TEAM: The improvement of the team will give the students a reason to come because everyone likes to see their team win, but nobody wants to see their team lose.

2. MARKET THE GAMES BETTER: Students need to be notified of games, especially big games. Emails were sent out to market the games and inform the students but that is not good enough. Possible ways to advertise for the games include passing out flyers on Library Bridge, writing on store windows (as they did for football games), etc.

Improve Recruitment

Zion Williamson is the number 2 prospect in all of basketball for 2018. It would be a tremendous help for the Clemson basketball program if they were able to recruit him because he would make the team exciting to watch as well as enticing other potential recruits to come and play for Clemson basketball. The addition of better recruits should result in a more talented basketball team, which should also result in a better record.

Zion Williamson Clemson Recruitment Video

It is important for Clemson Basketball to continue to aggressively recruit superstar players like Zion Williamson because it will get students excited about coming to basketball games to watch the superstars play.

Reasons to Improve the Clemson Basketball Team

  • The ultimate reason that the Clemson Basketball team should improve is the fact that it would grow the school. The recent success of the football team has grown the school immensely. The increased applications received by the school has caused admission to become more competitive, only allowing Clemson to accept the most competitive and outstanding applicants. If BOTH football and basketball were to be elite, then the school could grow and improve even more.
  • Increased revenue. The more people who spend money on tickets for basketball games and money at basketball games, the more money that the school can generate.
  • Promoting Excellence.

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Alexander DeHaven

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