By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- Coming off a difficult loss to North Carolina on Saturday, senior guard Andre Young isn’t thinking about how the Tigers’ may be on the outside looking in on postseason play, instead he’s only thinking about playing the best he can throughout the next four games and into the ACC tournament.
“For the most part Saturday’s loss is out of our heads,” Young said. “It’s a quick turnaround so I’m focusing on Georgia Tech right now.”
Have the Tigers’ talked at all about the possibility of not competing in postseason play as they sit at 13-13, 5-7 in the ACC?
“Right now we’re just taking it a game at a time and trying to finish the season strong,” Young said. “What happens later happens but right now we just have to focus on the next game, finish the season strong and do well in the ACC tournament.”
Young and the rest of his senior class have been a part of a streak of three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the Tigers’. How disappointed will he be if they don’t make the post season in his senior year?
“It would be disappointing but my four years here have been great,” Young said. “I really have enjoyed my experience here at Clemson. I’ve played with a lot of great guys, and under a lot of great coaches. My overall experience has been great, I wouldn’t take back anything. Even though we haven’t had a great year this year compared to my previous years, it’s been a great experience with the younger guys just being able to help them transition into the ACC and hopefully I’ve had some good influence on their life. I definitely wouldn’t take anything away from it.”
What does Andre remember about Clemson’s 64-62 victory over Georgia Tech earlier this season where he had a career high 29 points?
“I remember our lights went off,” Young said. “Georgia Tech is a good team though and they’re very talented just like every other team in the ACC. They play with a lot of energy so it’s going to be important that we come in with a good defensive mindset and take care of business in their place because it’s not going to be easy.”
What worked for Young during the first game for him to go 7-9 from behind the arc and 9-12 from the field?
“I don’t know I was just making shots,” Young said. “At the same time guys were really finding me, looking for me and setting screens for me. It was just my job to knock them down and I just made some shots that game.”
Young knows that the Tigers’ won’t change up their defensive game too much with Georgia Tech’s loss of shooter Glenn Rice Jr. to suspension.
“I don’t think so we play defense the same way against every team,” Young said. “You know, high pressure, lot of energy, try to get deflections and feed of that to get easy points. From that standpoint I don’t think it’s going to change our game plan much, we’ll still try and come out aggressive and get some easy baskets.”