Brad Brownell: The ACC Tournament In NY Is Good For The League
Clemson head basketball coach, Brad Brownell, joined the Mac Attack as his team prepares to head to New York City for the NIT. Coach Brownell discusses making the trip, K.J. McDaniels, tough losses, what makes Clemson special, the ACC tournament in NYC and Virginia’s matchup with Michigan State.
On making a run in the NIT: It’s been a really good experience for us, certainly we wanted to make the NCAA tournament and felt like we were maybe one or two games away from doing that. This has been a great couple weeks down here. We’ve hosted three games, we beats Georgia State the first night and then had two sell out crowds in our wins over Illinois and Belmont. It’s been nice for our guys and our fan base has rallied around us. It’s just good to keep playing.
On KJ McDaniels: He really broke out onto the scene this year, but he’s a great, humble, hard working young man, probably under recruited. We felt like we snuck him out of Birmingham. He played about ten minutes a game as a freshman. He showed glimpses of athleticism that you just don’t see on the basketball court very often. Worked really hard in the offseason and became a starter. He averaged ten points a game a sophomore and then worked even harder this summer and had a breakout season.
On the ACC tournament going to NYC: It’s a good move for the league. The league is different now. We’ve added a bunch of teams from the northeast and elsewhere. We’re trying to get our brand out there. Playing in New York , the media capital of the world, that will help with exposure. It’s the right thing to do and I think you’ll see it bounce around to several different cities, probably forever.