Brownell updates Mitchell's status for VT

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Mitchell will miss Wednesday's game at Virginia Tech
Mitchell will miss Wednesday's game at Virginia Tech

CLEMSON - Clemson head coach Brad Brownell told the media Tuesday that point guard Shelton Mitchell won't play in Wednesday night's road ACC contest at Virginia Tech and will not travel with the team to Blacksburg.

Mitchell, Clemson's fourth-leading scorer, and top assist man took an elbow to the head against Florida State on last Wednesday and immediately went into concussion protocol.

Brownell said that while Mitchell has made progress, there's still more to be done and he hopes his junior guard will be available for this weekend's matchup against Georgia Tech.

“Shelton is not going to play tomorrow night. He’s just not ready,” Brownell said. “We’re hopeful that he’ll be fine by the weekend but he needs to be able to do some more things.”

He was unavailable in Clemson’s 66-57 loss to Duke on Sunday. Clemson has lost two in a row and is in danger of falling out of the top four in the ACC standings. The top four teams in the regular season standings each receive a two-day bye in the ACC Tournament, which is being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this year.

Mitchell, who has a team-high 96 assists for the year and averages almost four per game, had started all 25 of Clemson’s games before Sunday and is averaging 11.8 points per contest.

Clemson (20-6, 9-5) heads to Virginia Tech (19-6, 8-6) Wednesday. The Tigers sit in fourth place in the standings, one game ahead of the Hokies, NC State, and Louisville. The Tigers are looking to avoid losing three straight games for the first time all year.

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