On Tuesday afternoon, Clemson head coach Brad Bromwell got a huge commitment announcement from former four-star recruit Jaelin Llewellyn. Llewellyn had spent three seasons at Princeton, battling through a lot to win his first Ivy League regular-season title.
“It was an amazing accomplishment, especially after not having a season,” Llewellyn told The Portal Report, “It meant a lot to us as a team, especially our class, to finally go out and get a ring.”
Along with Llewellyn, two other Tigers entered the transfer portal this offseason. That’s not because of a coaching change or issues within the Princeton program, it’s because the Ivy League has a strict rule on allowing athletes to only play four academic years at an institution.
It was different this past season as players like Brown’s Tamenang Choh got an exception because of COVID-19, but the league reimplemented that rule heading into this season.
Along with Elijah Barnes and new Colorado forward Ethan Wright, they had to leave the program because of this. Their time may have been cut short at Princeton, but they should all make more history wherever they go.
Speaking of history, Llewellyn’s Princeton career was littered with it. In his time under Coach Henderson, he scored 1064 points. This past season, he was named first-team All-Ivy.
He will look to bring that skill to a Clemson program that should bring back a lot of scoring power in 2022-23. It didn’t take much time for him to realize that that was the program for him.
“They have a great fit for me on the court, they’re in need of a great guard,” Llewellyn said, “I visited and felt very comfortable with the guys in the locker room, the coaching staff, and the environment on campus. Being able to play against ACC talent every night. It’s a great deal.”
If everything goes to plan, Llewellyn could be in good shape to send the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018.