The Clemson connection in the area just expanded.
Highly touted recruit and Castle guard Alex Hemenway made his choice public on November 5 in the Castle High School cafeteria. He chose Clemson over Belmont, Creighton, and Depaul.
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell is originally from Evansville graduating from Harrison High School. Former University of Evansville and head coach Marty Simmons is now an assistant under Brownell.
"I want to thank God for the talent and ability to live out my dream," Hemenway said. "I want to thank my beautiful mom and dad for always being there for me and keeping me level-headed," Hemenway said before he made the announcement.
Clemson is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference which features traditional powerhouses North Carolina and Duke. Two of the last four NCAA champions were from the ACC conference.
Last season, the Tigers made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011 and their first Sweet 16 appearance for the first time since 1997.
According to 247Sports, Hemenway is ranked as the 10th best basketball recruit in Indiana and is national ranked 325.
Barring injury, Hemenway should end his career as Castle's all-time leading scorer surpassing former teammate Jack Nunge. Nunge is currently playing big-time basketball at the University of Iowa.
Last year, Hemenway set a single-game scoring record at Castle scoring 53 against Thurgood Marshall (OH) in the Winter Classic. He ended the season averaging 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. While last season ended in disappointment for Hemenway and Castle losing to North in the sectional final, they came within a shot of making it all the way to state during Hemenway's sophomore campaign.
"All the hard work is paying off," Hemenway said.