It was the worst-case scenario for a Clemson team and the one prognosis the Tigers were hoping to avoid at all cost.

In crushing news for the Clemson men's basketball team, Brad Brownell and the Tigers announced Sunday that senior forward Donte Grantham has torn his ACL. He is done for the season.

"I'm disappointed that Donte's career at Clemson had to end this way. He was putting together a terrific season statistically, but he really helps this team in so many ways," Brownell said in a statement released through the university. "He has been a pleasure to coach and it has been fun to watch him mature and grow into the leader of our program."

Grantham suffered the gruesome-looking injury Saturday when the No. 20 Clemson team beat Notre Dame at Littlejohn Coliseum. There were about 11 minutes remaining in the game and Grantham's knee buckled when he was fouled from behind. Brownell said Grantham would have an MRI and the coach was hopeful Grantham would be able to play again at some point this season.

Grantham was second on Clemson's team scoring-wise, averaging 14.2 points per game with 6.9 rebounds per contest. Among the best leaders Clemson has, it was Grantham and fellow senior Gabe DeVoe who were adamant in making sure the rest of the Tigers' team bought into Brownell's defense-heavy initiative this summer. Brownell challenged his team in a new way to dramatically improve the defensive effort and Grantham was integral in setting the example so that the message carried over. It proved to pay off on the court as the Clemson basketball team started this season better than it has in over a decade.