Clemson Basketball: Could the Tigers win NCAA Title with Reed, Mitchell?

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Donte Grantham
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Donte Grantham /

Clemson basketball received maybe the best news the program  has received in quite some time when guards Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell announced they would return to school.

Both Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell announced in April that they would be declaring for the NBA Draft. Neither of the guys got an invite to the NBA Combine and had to make a decision by May 30.

While many Tiger fans hoped for the two to return, most believed that at least one of the guys would test their talents either in the NBA G-League or overseas. I certainly didn’t expect them both to come back.

You have to take into account that both of these guys have already graduated, as well. The only reasons they have to return are to push for a successful team season and to try and up their NBA Draft stock. Whatever their reason, though, they decided that they wanted to be a part of this Clemson basketball program for another year.

A National Title?

Clemson basketball lost three major components off of last year’s team: Gabe DeVoe, Donte Grantham, and David Skara.

It will be tough to replace DeVoe, but you have to like the Tigers’ chances to compete this coming season. Clemson will be one of the favorites to win the ACC and will certainly be one of the top teams in the conference.

With Mitchell, Reed, and Thomas all returning, I don’t just think that Clemson could win the ACC, but I think they could compete for a National Championship.

Of course it takes a lot to win a title, but you have to realize now that the Tigers have the best backcourt in their conference. They also have a legitimate post presence with plenty of young talented pieces to back those guys up.

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Any team with those accolades has a chance to win the NCAA Tournament. It will take a little bit of luck and some other guys stepping up, but I really like the look of this Clemson basketball team in the 2018-19 season.