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10Basketball '89n"he Daily Tar HeelFriday, November 17, 1989
Duo of Doom' will help Tigers wreak havoc
By DAVID J. KUPSTAS
An identity crisis seems to be what
is holding Clemson back from being
projected as a legitimate Top 20 bas
ketball team. Several ACC coaches,
including UNC's Dean Smith and
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, have said
they fear Clemson this year.
Yet the Tigers got lost in the shuffle
in most ACC preseason polls, picked
as low as fourth or fifth. A lot of
media-types have not recognized that
sports at Clemson does not end with
"The problem with the writers is
"Colby Brown F
"Donnell Bruce G
Wayne Buckingham F
"Elden Campbell C
'Marion Cash G
"Dale Davis - F
'Derrick Forrest G
Kirkland Howling F-G
"Ricky Jones F
Zlatko Josic F
"Tim Kincaid G
Shawn Lastinger G
"Sean Tyson F
'David Young G
'Denotes Letters Won
Hgt. Wgt. Year Hometown
6-8 200 Jr. Baconton, Ga.
6-5 180 Jr. Branchville, S.C. .
6-9 235 Fr. Atlanta, Ga.
6-11 215 Sr. Inglewood, Calif.
6-3 180 Sr. Bronx, N Y.
6-1 1 225 Jr. Toccoa, Ga.
6-3 175 Sr. Malone, Fla.
6-4 180 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
6-7 195 Jr. Pendleton, S C.
6-5 205 Jr. San Pedro. Calif.
6-3 180 Sr. Spindale, N.C.
6-1 155 Fr. Atlanta, Ga.
6-7 21 5 Jr. Baltimore, Md.
6-4 1 75 So. Greenville, S C.
Cliff Ellis (Florida State, 1968)
Len Gordy (Arizona, 1977)
Eugene Harris (Florida State, 1978)
Rich Marshall (Marquette, 1980)
Bobby Hussey (Appalachian State, 1962)
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that (the players) have "Clemson'
across here," Smith said as he pointed
to a UNC logo on a reporter's T
shirt. "You put those same players in
another uniform and they're going to
be great. They don't get the respect
Clemson head basketball coach
Cliff Ellis needs no reminders of what
his team's only glaring weakness is.
He knows that good outside play is a
must in order to open things up in
side for big men Elden Campbell and
"If our perimeter game comes
along, which "it didn't last year, we
can be awesome," said Ellis, a sixth
year coach with a 93-60 record at
Clemson. "If it doesn't we can be so
so. If you look at our big wins, you
will see that we got good outside
The frontcourt and experience will
definitely be strengths for Clemson,
and the Tigers' overall depth is the
best Ellis has had in his tenure. Only
two lettermen are lost from the team
that went 19-11 last year. Forward
Jerry Pryor was the only starter who
But all the depth in the world won't
help the Tigers if neither Tim Kin
caid nor Marion Cash establishes
himself as a top-notch point guard.
Neither is a complete player, so for
now certain situations will dictate who
is at the point at what times.
"I don't want to platoon them, but
I may have to depending on who we
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Marion Cash leads
play," Ellis said. "Cash can push the
ball up and down the floor, and Kin
caid can shoot"
The Twin Towers, Campbell and
Davis, could be the most devastating
center-power forward combination in
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the Tiger backcourt
Campbell, a 6-11 senior, has led
the ACC in blocked shots each of the
last two seasons and should move
into the top five in league history in
that category this year. The second
team All-ACC selection averaged 17.5
points and 7.7 rebounds in 1989.
Campbell's partner in the "Duo of
Doom." the 6-11 Davis, broke a 17-
year ACC record for field goal per
centage last year when he connected
at a 67-percent rate.
Already one of the strongest in
side players in the South, Davis' stock
increased further this summer when
he toured Greece with the ACC All-
Star team. There, Davis averaged 25.6
points per game and led the team in
The Tigers are high on Wayne
Buckingham, a 6-9 freshman from
Atlanta, who can play either power
forward or center. The McDonald s
Ail-American is an early candidate
for ACC Rookie of the Year.
Power forward Sean Tyson (6-7)
is slated to return after sitting out last
year because of gall bladder surgery.
Ricky Jones (6-7) will start again
at small forward. He started 16 games
in 1989, averaging 11 minutes and
4.3 points per contest. Ellis is count
ing on him to open up the inside with
consistent outside shooting.
Kirkland Howling (6-4) and Colby
Brown (6-8) will share time with Jones
at small forward.
Six-foot-seven senior Derrick
Forrest returns at shooting guard. He
led the Tigers in minutes played and
three-pointers while dividing time at
guard and forward. He was named
Clemson's top defensive player last
year and led the team with 48 steals.
"Derrick was our shutdown guy
on defense last year," Ellis said. "He
was our top outside shooter and he
was a team leader in general. He was
a guy I could count on day-in and
David Young (6-4) and Donnell
Bruce (6-5) will back up Forrest at
second guard. Yugoslavian Zlatko
Josic (6-5), a junior also from El
Camino Junior College, will spend
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