Clemson Basketball gets its first commitment in the 2024 recruiting class in Dallas Thomas. What does he provide to the Tigers once he joins the team?
It’s been a very busy offseason for Clemson Basketball, adding as many as four transfers via the portal. But the staff made the decision to only add one freshman in Asa Thomas. They look to focus more on the 2024 class since there could be as many as eight departures since there are so many 4th and 5th-year seniors currently around.
The Tigers started off next year’s class on an impressive note, landing Dallas Thomas. The 6’8 combo forward is a consensus four-star prospect, ranked in the top 100 overall. He’s a lengthy athlete and capable of playing and guarding multiple positions and should be able to give the ACC program a boost in size since they could use PJ Hall and Ian Schieffelin after the next season.
This could be viewed as an “upset” on the recruiting trail, based on who Clemson Basketball was up against. Thomas had a list of five contenders for his services, including LSU, Memphis, Arkansas, and Missouri. The Razorbacks stand out because Thomas is originally from Little Rock, not too far from campus.
But Thomas opted for Clemson, which could be a risky pick since head coach Brad Brownell may be on the hot seat after missing the NCAA Tournament. Though that’s been said before and he always manages to get another year. And if that happens, there’s a good chance that the four-star recruit will get early playing time since there’s not a ton of wing depth.
The Tigers are likely to use a lot of three-guard lineups some more, while RJ Godfrey has another year to try to get bigger minutes in the rotation before he becomes a transfer candidate. Even if that doesn’t happen, there’s room for both of them in the eventual roster turnover, with the program hoping Thomas becomes one of the new faces of that group.