CLEMSON -- Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is exchanging his football cleats for basketball shoes.
Tigers coach Brad Brownell said Tuesday that Hopkins will join the basketball team after he plays in the Meineke Bowl on Dec. 31.
"I have heard great things about DeAndre's ability as a basketball player, but I've never seen him play," Brownell said. "I talked to DeAndre last night, and there is mutual interest in having him join the team after the bowl game. Certainly, he has shown a great competitive spirit to be able to succeed the way he has on the football field as a freshman."
Clemson has just four scholarship guards on its roster after Noel Johnson tried to transfer this month, and starting point guard Demontez Stitt is likely out for a few more games after undergoing knee surgery.
Hopkins was a two-sport star at Daniel High School, leading his basketball team to a state title last March and scoring more than 1,300 points in his career.
College of Charleston
Jeremy Simmons was named Southern Conference men's player of the week.
Simmons registered a career-high 26 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to lead C of C to a 77-69 victory over Charleston Southern in a clash of intracity rivals on Dec. 15 at the North Charleston Coliseum. It marked his seventh career double-double and fourth all-time 20-point game as the Cougars claimed their fourth win in a row. He scored 14 of his 26 points and nine of his 12 rebounds with a near double-double in the first half alone.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association selected Khris Middleton as its national player of the week. Middleton, a 6-7 sophomore from North Charleston and Porter-Gaud School, scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Aggies to a 71-62 overtime victory over Arkansas.
In the first meeting between former Southwest Conference rivals in 20 seasons, Middleton connected on 10 of 16 from the field and 9 of 12 from the free throw line to lift the Aggies to their seventh straight win and a 10-1 start.