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Trent Steinhour details Clemson’s commitment

By Vaseline May27,2024
Trent Steinhour details Clemson’s commitment

Brad Brownell has done his best when it comes to recruiting.

After adding several key pieces from the transfer portal following Clemson’s magical run to the Elite 8, Brownell also landed a commitment last week from a high-profile legacy recruit in Trent Steinhour.

Steinhour (Lake Norman, Mooresville, NC) is the grandson of Clemson legend Randy Mahaffey, a first-team All-ACC player in 1966-67 and the 6-foot-4, 200-pound big man becomes the first verbal pledge of the Tigers’ 2025 recruiting class.

“There is a great staff there,” Steinhour told The Clemson Insider. “I really like the area, the campus, the facility and the players that have come through there, like PJ Hall. He’s clearly a great player. And they showed me some highlights of him and a film of him growing up, from freshman year to junior and senior year.

Watching Hall grow as a player over his four-year career at Clemson is something that really appealed to Steinhour, as he sees a lot of similarities in his game.

“That’s how I would play,” Steinhour said. “But whether I can play like that depends on how hard I work and things like that. They kind of showed me a path I could take, I think like PJ’s, and that’s a good future to have. Obviously he’s had a lot of success.”

At the same time, the culture that Brownell has worked so hard to cultivate within his program was also noticeable.

“They’re really together, really built in because they want to win and they want to win together,” Steinhour said. “Nobody on the team was selfish, as you can see. That has little to do with the coach. How he coaches the team and sets an example for players. So I think he has a really good culture there for the players, playing as a family and being a family.

South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest were among the other schools showing strong interest. He also had offers from Georgia and Penn State. However, Steinhour has known where his heart was for a while.

“I’ve been thinking about committing to Clemson for a while, probably a month or so,” Steinhour said. “I went to school about a month ago, and I thought, ‘Mom, I’m ready to commit.’ And she said, ‘think about it some more. Make sure you’re sure.’

Steinour averaged 15.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game during his junior season. He is widely considered a Top 200 talent, one of the top players in the state of North Carolina and his playing style seems to be a perfect fit for how the Tigers like to play.

“Getting a lot of rebounds every game, a lot of offensive boards, backs, stuff like that,” Steinhour said. “Just playing hard, running the floor. I think I run the floor pretty well and play hard. I can shoot the ball a little bit, play inside, and overall I think I bring the energy, put in the hard work and want to win.

“I think I’m a pretty experienced player. I’m still working on that a lot. Things I can do every game is play as hard as I can. Go after every rebound. I can play as hard as I want, I think I have control over that. I can’t control every shot.”

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