on April 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Clemson basketball has national award finalist

Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds has been named a finalist for the Chip Hilton Award which will be presented by Chip Hilton Sports and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas this weekend.

The Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award honors a senior Division I men’s player for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership, and talent similar to the qualities evident in the 24-book Chip Hilton sports fiction series.

The books authored by Clair Bee enjoyed their first popularity in the late 1940s through the mid-1960s and were updated and re-released to a new generation of readers in 1999.

Hammonds led Clemson to a 24-10 record this past season, which included a trip to the ACC Tournament Championship game, and to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years.

The first team All-Academic ACC earned third-team conference honors on the court and is one of only five players in ACC history with at least 1,400 points, 400 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals in his career.

A four-year starter for the Tigers, Hammonds ranked second in the ACC in assists to turnover ratio (2.33:1), fourth in steals per game (2.0), fourth in minutes played (34.5), seventh in assists per game (3.9) and 10th in three-point field goals per game (2.0). The 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard ranks in the top 10 in Clemson history in games played, starts, three-point field goals, steals and assists.

Off the court, the senior from Cairo, Ga., carries a 3.21 GPA with a double major in Architecture and Psychology and was one of three Clemson student-athletes to receive the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year.

A five-time Dean’s List honoree, Hammonds is also a member of Clemson’s prestigious Blue Key Honor Society. In March, he was the recipient of the inaugural 2008 “Skip” Prosser Award, emblematic of the top scholar-athlete in men’s basketball in the ACC.