Clemson Tigers News: Viktor Lakhin, Chase Hunter, Tessa Miller

Clemson Men's & Women's Basketball add transfers while Chase Hunter decides to explore the NBA Draft.
Mar 30, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers guard Chase Hunter (1)
Mar 30, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers guard Chase Hunter (1) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Viktor Lakhin transfers to Clemson Men's Basketball

There was a fair amount of news revolving around Clemson Men’s Basketball yesterday, starting with a new addition by head coach Brad Brownell.

Cincinnati transfer center Viktor Lakhin announced that he would play for the Tigers in 2023.

Lakhin is 6’-11’ and is from Russia. He will likely step into the starting lineup in place of PJ Hall, who presumably will declare for the NBA Draft (though no official announcement has been made).

Lakhin averaged 8.5 points per game for his career, highlighted by 11.6 points per game in 2022-23.

"Incredible hands. Catches everything thrown his way. Terrific finisher and lob threat. Really good rim protector. Not the outside threat that PJ was but athletic and really good."

Terrence Oglesby

Chase Hunter will explore the draft but retain eligibility

Clemson Men’s Basketball guard Chase Hunter has announced that he will explore his options to declare for the NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility to return to the Tigers for another season.

Hunter averaged 12.9 points per game this season, third-best on the team. He had 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game and shot 31.1% from 3-point range this season.

We will have to wait and see how the NBA reacts to Hunter over the next few weeks, but I’m inclined to think Hunter will ultimately choose to return to Clemson next season. I have not seen anything to indicate that he is presently considered a first-round prospect, but that could change as he proceeds through the process.

Tessa Miller joins Clemson Women's Basketball

Clemson Women’s Basketball has announced another addition to their roster. Tessa Miller is joining the Tigers. Miller is a 6’-2” guard from Crossville, Tennessee. She played previously for the Belmont Bruins and was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team this past season.

She joins 6’0” guard Summah Evans, who announced her transfer to Clemson last week. Evans played previously at Mercer following a stint at North Florida. Evans was named to the All-Southern Conference team this past season and was the Defensive Player of the Year in that conference in 2022.

Other notes:

Clemson Women’s Tennis defeated Boston College 4-3 yesterday to advance to the next round of the ACC Tournament. They will face Georgia Tech today at 3:30 PM.

Clemson Men’s Tennis takes on Notre Dame today in their first match of the ACC Tournament.

Clemson Women’s Golf tees off today in the ACC Championship.

Clemson Women’s Lacrosse travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers today at 4:00 PM.