ACC Basketball

Clemson Lands First 2014 Recruit

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2014 combo guard Gabe DeVoe decided there was no reason to wait and verbally committed to the Clemson Tigers this week.

From the Shelby Star:

“The recruiting process gets a little aggravating,” DeVoe said. “So I decided I was going to get it out of the way. Now I won’t have to worry about anything, you can just go enjoy your senior year.”

A 2-star guard from Shelby, North Carolina, DeVoe is rated the 57th best shooting guard in the nation (according to 247 Sports).

At 6-4, 190, he’s strong and athletic, best known for a wicked first step that makes him deadly attacking the basket. He’s also a smart kid both on the court and off (straight-A student, class president every year he’s been in high school) and has proven to be one of the best defenders at his position in the state of North Carolina. From deep, he can hit a three, but he’ll certainly need to develop his outside shot.

This past season, he shot a stunning 48.6 from the field, averaging 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

One would think with those kind of numbers as a junior, every school in the ACC would be knocking on his door. Yet, despite receiving 20 offers from around the country, all of them were mid-majors, except from Xavier and Clemson.

The main issue is, DeVoe’s high school plays in a league that does not present the toughest challenges. Still, his performance on the court was enough to get him an invite to the Chris Paul’s CP3 Elite Guard camp.

While DeVoe is more known for his scoring, he is a pretty good distributor, so moving forward, DeVoe and Clemson coach Brad Brownell will need to figure out what position he’ll actually play at the next level. In high school, he plays primarily point guard, but most recruiting sites have him listed as a shooting guard. DeVoe himself can even see himself playing the two or three spot.

From Scout:

“I’m more of a combo guard,” he said. “I’m physical. I like to get to the rim and I can shoot the ball well. I think getting to the basket is the best part of my game.”

Looking ahead to 2014, barring any transfers, the Tigers are pretty stacked at the guard spots. This year’s team features seven guards, three of which can run the point, and none of them are seniors. Of course, with K.J. McDaniels as the only true small forward, the 2013 Clemson Tigers will feature a lot of three guard lineups. With no small forwards signed for 2014, there is a good chance they’ll be going three guard again in 2104.

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