Clemson basketball team’s ‘best defender’ suspended by NCAA for previous violation

When Clemson hits the hardwood tonight for their season opener, they’ll be without a player that coach Brad Brownell says is the ‘best defender’ on the team.

And he’ll be out until Dec. 16.

The NCAA announced Tigers redshirt-junior transfer David Skara will be suspended for the first nine games of the 2017-18 season.

According to a press release obtained by Independent Mail, the suspension is a result of a violation that happened when Skara was a student-athlete at Valparaiso University in April 2016 before transferring to Clemson and serving a year in residence.

Skara will return for Clemson’s Dec. 16 matchup against Florida in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Sunrise, Florida.

Brownell issued a comment on the matter.

“We’re disappointed in the NCAA for withholding David from competition, but we are certainly proud of the way he is handling it,” Brownell said. “We’ll anticipate his return for our game against Florida on Dec. 16.”

Though announced to the public today, according to Stacey Osburn, Director of Public and Media Relations for the NCAA, the decision for the suspension was made last month.

During his redshirt season at Clemson, Skara won the Tiger Strength award.

The 6-foot-8 native of Croatia averaged 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 2015-16 at Valparaiso.

Clemson hosts Western Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. (EST).

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