ACC Basketball

Freshmen Orientation: Patrick Rooks


Name: Patrick Rooks

School: Clemson

Position: Shooting Guard

Measurements: 6-3, 160

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

High School: Charlotte Christian School

AAU Team: Team Loaded


ESPN: 3-Star | #24 Rated SG

Scout: 3-Star

Rivals: 3-Star

247Sports: 3-Star | #60 Rated SG | #233 Overall

Quick Thoughts:

Rooks is a shooter, plan and simple. The lefty is lethal from three. He can elevate up high and puts good rotation on his high arcing shot. He literally can hit from anywhere behind the three-point line.

As a senior in high school, he averaged a solid 18 points, five boards and three assists (despite have health issues towards the end).

Yet, one-dimensional is a fair label. He’s actually not afraid to attack the rim in transition, but overall, he’s not a above-the-rim athlete. He’s also not a strong dribbler and will need to work on getting to the paint in the half court offense. Opponents who want to body-check him will find him less than receptive.

The reason being, while he’s got good length for a 6-3 guy, he’s extremely skinny and needs to live off muscle protein shakes for a long time. He’s going to learn quite early that the pounding he’ll receive working off multiple screens in college will be unlike anything he’s seen before and his tiny frame will take a beating.

Freshman Outlook:

After Clemson dropped 10 of their final 11 last year, every position should be wide open. Head coach Brad Brownell has a handful of options in the backcourt with sophomores Jordan Roper, Devin Coleman and Adonis Filer. They also have some experience in Damarcus Harrison and Rod Hall.

The issue with all these guys is that they can’t shoot the long ball. Only Roper hit 33% or better from three last year.

Right now, I have Roper running the point, while Devin Coleman (coming off an ACL redshirt) starting at the two.

If Rooks can truly knock down that outside shot as a rookie though, there is little reason he can’t earn heavy minutes off the pine as the top wing option.

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