Narcisse changes stripes for Tigers

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Bryan Narcisse: The North Augusta forward will play for coach Oliver Purnell at Clemson, starting next season. Narcisse had originally committed to play at Western Kentucky.

After backing out of his commitment to Western Kentucky last week, North Augusta forward Bryan Narcisse said Tuesday he will sign a scholarship today with Clemson.


Narcisse committed verbally to Tigers coach Oliver Purnell on Saturday following a campus visit. He was invited to attend the Tigers' spring football game and after a tour of the campus Purnell offered Narcisse a scholarship, and he accepted.

Narcisse averaged 13.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2 steals per game last season.

He said Purnell's desire to develop players academically and personally, as well as athletically, was important, adding the fans' enthusiasm during the football scrimmage didn't hurt.

"It was a very big sea of orange. I was pleasantly pleased and surprised," Narcisse said.

The forward, listed at 6-foot-7, is projected to play in the three or four hole forward in the Clemson diamond press offense, Narcisse said.

It's a style of play Narcisse is accustomed to playing after being featured in the same type of system at North Augusta.

He said he will have an opportunity to play right away, though there is the possibility he could be redshirted.

"Everything happens for a reason, and I've just learned to accept that," Narcisse said.

Narcisse, who signed with Western Kentucky on Nov. 14, was released from his scholarship last Thursday, less than two weeks after former Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn took the top job at South Carolina.

Narcisse cited Horn's departure and a desire to play closer to home as his reasons for reneging on his commitment to Western Kentucky. Now, Narcisse will play for the main rival of Horn's new school.

"It just so happened that it worked out like that, but (playing against Horn) wasn't the key reason," Narcisse said.

North Augusta coach Al Young described Narcisse as a quiet leader who creates matchup problems for opponents.

"I just think when he's on the court he makes people alter their games and alter their plans," Young said.

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