Brownell, Clemson to Participate in Asheville Championship

Brad Brownell and the Clemson men’s basketball team won’t have far to travel for the 2023-24 season’s non-conference November tournament.

The Tigers will join a field of Davidson, Maryland and UAB in the third annual Asheville Championship at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center-Asheville on Nov. 10 -12, it was announced Tuesday.

Just a couple hours away from the Blue Ridge Mountains town, Clemson should have plenty of fans in the building. The Tigers are coming off their most ACC wins in school history and a 23-11 record.

Maryland made the NCAA tournament a year while UAB lost in the NIT championship game.

The official ambassador of the Asheville Championship is former UNC head coach Roy Williams, and former Wake Forest and South Carolina head coach Dave Odom serves as the tournament’s chairman.

“In the two years that we’ve come to Asheville to kick-off the college basketball season with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we’ve brought new fans, stronger programs and more excitement each time,” Odom said. “The Championship has also started gaining a reputation for buzzer-beater finishes, and with the field of teams we have coming ready to battle it out, this year could be our best one yet.”

Tickets for the even go on sale April 17.

Former Tiger to play in invitational

Former Clemson forward Hunter Tyson will play in the 69th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament April 12-15. Tyson is one of 64 seniors invited to compete in the event that began in 1953.

The Portsmouth Invitational gives players the opportunity to compete in front of professional scouts in an eight-team, 12-game tournament.

Tyson averaged 15.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in his final season with the Tigers in 2022-23.

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