Busting Brackets

NCAA Tournament 2024: Ranking the starting lineups of each Sweet 16 team

Apr 3, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tristen Newton (2) grabs the ball against
Apr 3, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tristen Newton (2) grabs the ball against / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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14. Clemson (6-seed)

Jack Clark (Senior – Guard)

After four years at La Salle and a single season at NC State, Clark arrived at Clemson this past offseason and has started to settle into a groove for the Tigers. He’s not putting up incredible numbers, as his 4.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game is a step below his earlier seasons. His impact is still felt on these games for the Tigers, with Clark exceeding that scoring average in Clemson’s last five games, punctuated by a 7-point, 8-rebound effort over Baylor back on Sunday to advance to this round.

Joseph Girard III (Senior – Guard)

Another former ACC stalwart, Girard spent four seasons at Syracuse before transferring to Clemson for this final season of his career. Known as a talented shooter, Girard averages 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game and is 41% from outside the arc and 95% from the free throw line. Girard is having a major impact in this Clemson offense and has seen those shooting numbers hit new heights, including leading the nation in free throw shooting.

PJ Hall (Senior – Forward)

Hall wasn’t First Team All-ACC on accident; he’s been a major threat in his fourth season with the Tigers. He’s been good for 18.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game and has been one of the league’s best frontcourt pieces in recent years. Hall has been one of the ACC’s top scorers, affects the game on both sides of the ball, and has scored in double figures in all but one game this season, even if he’s scored just 25 points combined in the Tigers’ two Tourney wins.

Chase Hunter (Senior – Guard)

A fifth-year player for Clemson, Hunter has developed into a major weapon in the Tigers’ presence in recent years, averaging 12.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game this season. Hunter is a clutch scorer, with great metrics and free throw shooting numbers, and has really shown up in the NCAA Tournament. He had 21 points and 6 assists over New Mexico in round one before a 20-point, 6-assist effort against Baylor to make the Sweet Sixteen.

Ian Schieffelin (Junior – Forward)

Year three at Clemson has been fantastic for Schieffelin, who was named ACC Most Improved Player for his efforts this season. Schieffelin averages 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a dynamic back-end presence for the Tigers. He was a highly-rated defensive presence who’s racked up double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 12-rebound effort against New Mexico last week in the first round of the Big Dance.