CLEMSON - Despite Milton Jennings’ surge in performance since coming back from a two-game suspension earlier this month, Clemson coach Brad Brownell told reporters earlier this week the Pinewood Prep product still needs to prove himself.

Jennings is averaging 11.6 points per game during Clemson’s last five games and has made 8 of his last 17 3-point attempts, shooing a career best 35.3 percent from beyond the arc this season.

“He knows he’s walking on thin ice with me,” Brownell said. “In terms of the way things have gone there are some things I haven’t been pleased with that I’m not going to tolerate. He’s been suspended for it. At his core, Milton is a good kid. He does a lot of positive things ... so he deserves some chances. He knows he has to earn back my trust and his teammates’ trust.

“If he becomes a distraction to the team, when things keep recurring, then you have to do something about it. I took him away from the team, not let him travel, be around the team for a week. Let him realize the privilege he has to play.”

Clemson (14-13, 5-7 ACC) hosts N.C. State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.