Clemson heads into the 2013-14 season just hoping to stay out of the cellar -- and an injury was the last thing the Tigers needed as practices began.
Unfortunately, freshman guard Patrick Rooks suffered an injured hip in the preseason and will miss the entire campaign to recover from surgery.
“This is an unfortunate situation for Patrick,” head coach Brad Brownell said in a release over the weekend. “He is a three-point specialist who shot the ball very well in Italy. Fortunately for us, we do have great depth in the backcourt. It's a unique injury, something I haven't seen in 20 years of coaching. I know our doctors and athletic trainer will do everything in their power to get him healthy. We look forward to having Patrick ready to go next season.”
Rooks, a 6-foot-3 Charlotte Christian School (N.C.) product, was one of the best perimeter shooters in the 2013 class. The lefty had deep range beyond the 3-point line, and was also becoming more of a threat inside the arc as his high school career progressed. If he uses the redshirt year to add muscle and strength, Rooks could be a factor immediately next season.
Without Rooks, Clemson still has options in the backcourt. Rod Hall returns at point guard, while Jordan Roper will be back as the team's best outside shooter. Adonis Filer can play both guard positions, and Damarcus Harrison is arguably the team's best defender. Sophomore Devin Coleman missed last season with a torn Achilles, but he is back in the rotation as well.
Clemson opens the season at home against Stetson on Nov. 8.