Clemson moving on after McDaniels move to the NBA

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Brad Brownell says the Tigers will keep moving forward, even without high-flying breakout star K.J. McDaniels who chose the NBA over one more season at school.

McDaniels averaged 17.1 points and seven rebounds a game last year. He had 100 blocks and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's defensive player of the year. While McDaniels' play surprised many, Brownell figured if his talented junior performed like he could he might be off to the pros as he declared last week.

So Brownell and his staff prepared for that possibility by signing two players last fall when only once scholarship was projected had McDaniels stayed.

Brownell believes he's got a squad next winter ready to build on Clemson's 23-13 mark, a season that ended in the NIT semifinals.