Colleagues voice support for new Clemson hoops coach

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Justin Felder - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – If you listen to his fellow coaches, Clemson basketball is in good hands with Brad Brownell. Brownell was named successor to former coach Oliver Purnell this past Tuesday.

This weekend, several college coaches spoke at a Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Myrtle Beach. Included in that group was Butler's Brad Stevens, who led his 2010 team to the National Championship game. He competed against Brownell's Wright State squads in the Horizon League and says the Tigers got a great coach.

"I was really happy for Brad, I talked to him on the phone this morning, we're good friends," said Stevens. "He's going to do great. I think he's a terrific coach and Clemson is lucky to have him. He's been a winner everywhere he's been, I know he's excited to be there and I think his kids will love playing for him."

Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis also spoke at the clinic. He coached at Clemson from 1984 through 1994, winning ACC Coach of the Year twice. He says Brownell's success will likely come down to one thing.

"Brad [Brownell] will do a good job," said Ellis. "He's a very good coach, no question about that, he's proven that at Wright State and UNC-Wilmington. The one thing that will be important for Brad, but is with any team in the ACC, is recruiting. The one thing about the ACC, everybody can coach, so it's all about recruiting."

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