Note: The following appears in the Syracuse gameday football program.
It is hard to believe that four years can pass so quickly, but that is the case with the 2020-21 men’s basketball senior class. Both Aamir Simms and Clyde Trapp came to Tigertown as freshmen in the fall of 2017 and will leave having left their own paw print on the direction of the program as it embarks on a new decade.
As freshmen, Simms and Trapp were a part of just the fourth Sweet 16 run in Clemson history. Their experience and play that season helped set them up as current leaders of the program as they enter their senior campaigns.
Simms came on strong during the last half of the 2017-18 season, filling in for injured star forward Donte Grantham, and has excelled in his role, both on and off the court, ever since. Simms has improved every year and is poised to make this his best season on the hardwood.
Trapp served as the backup point guard to veteran Shelton Mitchell during his first two seasons in Clemson, but adversity struck the summer before his junior campaign. One day before the Tigers were to travel overseas to Italy for the 2019 World University Games, Trapp tore his ACL and joined Jonathan Baehre, the Tigers’ third senior this season, rehabbing to return to the court.
Baehre originally joined the Tigers during the spring of 2018 after transferring from UNC Asheville, but he was forced to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Baehre faced more adversity, suffering two torn ACLs during the last two years. He is working to play a full 2020-21 season.
Leadership is an important intangible for the Tigers as they head into an optimistic 2020-21 season, and these three seniors are the foundation of that.
“Aamir Simms is one of the best leaders I have had,” said Head Coach Brad Brownell. “He has seen leaders like Donte Grantham and Gabe DeVoe before him. He knows what good leadership looks like. Clyde Trapp is also healthy, and he will provide leadership.”