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Shelton Mitchell Picks Clemson

Shelton Mitchell, a former four-star guard who played for Vanderbilt in 2014-15, has chosen to transfer to Clemson. The Tigers went 16-15 last season but haven't played in the NCAA Tournament since 2011.

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Shelton Mitchell decided to leave Vanderbilt after Wade Baldwin IV and Riley LaChance entrenched themselves as the team's starting backcourt. On Sunday, he announced that he'll be transferring to a team that has only added one high school point guard in the past three years: Clemson.

Clemson relied on Rod Hall to take care of the primary ball-handling and distribution duties, but the senior won't be returning in 2015-16. The Tigers have added four guards on the recruiting trail since 2013, but only one - Ty Hudson - is a true point guard. Mitchell will have to fend off the young Georgian if he wants to avoid a similar situation to the one he's transferring away from at Vandy.

Mitchell will also have to beat out another established player who will be making his Tiger debut this winter. Clemson added former San Francisco guard Avry Holmes last May. In 2013-14, he scored 12.5 points per game for the Dons while making nearly 42 percent of his three-point attempts, but he'll also be in his final year of eligibility when the Commodore guard makes his first appearance for Clemson.

Here's how Vanderbilt's depth chart tentatively looks for 2015-16 without their former four-star recruit at backup point guard:

PG: Wade Baldwin IV, Carter Josephs
SG: Riley LaChance, Matthew Fisher-Davis, Nolan Cressler, Camron Justice
SF: Jeff Roberson, Joseph Toye
PF: Luke Kornet, Samir Sehic
C:  Damian Jones, Josh Henderson, D'Jery Baptiste