CLEMSON -- Brad Brownell took over the Clemson men's basketball program Tuesday and began recruiting Clemson players.

Following the departure of Oliver Purnell last week, Clemson signee Marcus Thornton asked for, and was granted, a release from his letter of intent.

Tigers forward Devin Booker and guard Noel Johnson are considering transferring.

Thornton's father Billy said his son is still considering Clemson.

"I can't comment until we've done a little research on Brownell and until we talk to him," Billy Thornton said in an e-mail. "I hear people say he's a pretty good coach. Plan to speak with him soon."

Former Pinewood Prep standout Milton Jennings told The Post and Courier on Tuesday afternoon he will remain at Clemson, and believes his skills are compatible with Brownell's half-court offense.

"It was only one or two coaches that would have completely changed my mind, and neither of them are here," Jennings said. "When I committed myself, I committed to Clemson University.

"I've heard good things about (Brownell). Everywhere he has gone he has won. He can coach and he is pretty intense, which is good for us. We need someone to come in and fire us up."

Brownell met briefly with the Tigers before his 4 p.m. press conference Tuesday, which the team attended though only a portion of the players remained on hand afterward to meet with the media.

The Post and Courier reached Booker's mother, Tracey, who said her son remains undecided on his future at Clemson. Tracey said Devin has received interest from a Big 12 and SEC school.

"I'm feeling a little relief," Tracey Booker said of the hire. "Devin texted me and said he's still not sure what he is going to do."

Clemson guard Andre Young said the Tigers must reach out to Brownell after he reached out to the team Tuesday. Young does not think any players will transfer.

"I'm definitely pleased with the hire," Young said. "I think I can speak for the team when I say I'm excited."

Brownell is also charged with putting together his own coaching cabinet.

He introduced two assistants Tuesday, members of his Wright State staff in assistant coach Mike Winiecki, and Lucas McKay who will have an administrative role.

Brownell's first lieutenant at Wright State, Billy Donlon, is expected to be named Wright State's head coach at a press conference this morning.

As for the holdover Clemson assistants, Brownell was noncommittal Tuesday when asked if any would join his staff. Former Purnell assistant Ron Bradley had been named the interim coach.

"My plans are to get to bed early tonight," Bradley said Tuesday night. "I have a lot of things to think about, I have a lot of family here."

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