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      Clemson scouts young talent at Big Shots Tournament

      The Big Shots Tournament featuring 240 high school basketball all-star teams, wrapped up four days of action on the Grand Strand on Sunday. Champions were crowned in various divisions with more than 150 college coaches in attendance.

      Clemson Tigers Head Coach Brad Brownell paid a visit to the Big Shots Tournament earlier this week. On Sunday, Tigers Associate Head Coach Mike Winiecki scouted the 15 & under talent on the final day of a recruiting window for college coaches, "Then there's two days to get back to Clemson. We'll work our guys out, then we're back (recruiting) Wednesday to Sunday. There's three, four day periods, so you have twelve days in July to recruit."

      Two of Clemson's future targets are 2016 class Virginia stars. Nicolas Sherod, a guard from the Team Loaded all-star entry and small forward Papa N'Diaye led their squad to the under-15 Big Shots Championship. Both are rising sophomores. Sherod has been offered by both Virginia Tech and Richmond. N'Diaye mentioned both Clemson and Kentucky as schools he is considering.

      The Boo Williams Summer League 15 & under AAU team lost in the finals to Team Loaded, but they played without their top player, Thon Maker, a 7-foot center who is ranked as the number one player in the 2016 class. Big Shots recruiting experts project Maker will be the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft when he finishes school. He is scheduled to play at a Big Shots Tournament in Washington, D.C. later this year.

      Big Shots will return to Myrtle Beach July 18-21 for two more tournaments featuring over 100 teams.