Clemson’s David Skara suspended 9 games

Mar 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Valparaiso Crusaders forward David Skara (10) reacts after scoring against the BYU Cougars during the second half of a semifinal game of the 2016 NIT basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. The Crusaders won 72-70. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA has suspended Clemson Tigers forward David Skara for nine games, according to an official release from the school. The redshirt junior has two years of eligibility remaining with the ACC affiliate after sitting out for the entire 2016-17 season.

The 6-8 forward is a transfer from Valparaiso. Skara, a Croatia native, transferred from Valpo and intended to follow head coach Bryce Drew to Vanderbilt, before the Crusaders prohibited him from making the jump to the Commodores. Skara appeared in all 34 games with the Horizon League champions as a freshman, generating 5.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. In 2015-16, he averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from three-point territory over 29 total contests.

The Tigers are currently gearing up for the program’s eighth season under the watch of head coach Brad Brownell, who most recently led Clemson to a NIT berth and a nearly even 17-16 record last year. It was the fourth straight winning season under Brownell for the Tigers, who open the 2017-18 season on Friday against the Western Carolina Catamounts.

Given that Skara is now officially ineligible for the next nine games, he is slated to return to action on December 22 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

While Skara’s presence — or lack thereof — will not make or break Clemson’s season, the Tigers can certainly use all of the help that they can get while playing in the always competitive ACC. With the likes of Duke, North Carolina and others primed for dominant seasons as is the norm, Clemson will need to majorly improve on last season if the ACC program has any NCAA Tournament aspirations in 2017-18.

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