By Jeff Borzello
One of the first recruits Clemson head coach Brad Brownell contacted after the season ended and then watched during the evaluation period was point guard Jordan Roper.
That hard work paid off on Thursday, as Roper gave his commitment to Clemson.
“They were the best opportunity for me, they play at a high level and against elite competition,” Roper told CBSSports.com. “They’re also close to home.”
The other finalists were VCU, UNC-Asheville and Tulane. Georgia Tech was showing interest at one point, while Roper also held offers from High Point, Presbyterian and Tennessee State.
Roper is a 6-foot-1 lead guard from Irmo High School (S.C.). His quickness and penetration ability made him attractive to a variety of schools at different levels. Roper can get into the lane using his speed, and also makes plays at the defensive end.
"I hope to be one of the best guards in the ACC," he said. "But that all comes with work. So we'll see."
He is the second member of Brownell’s 2012 recruiting class, joining 6-foot-6 forward Jaron Bloosomgame.