Brad Brownell laughed after Gabe DeVoe’s most recent display of accuracy from behind the three-point stripe when asked if he’d gotten to the point where there’s no distance from which he minds his senior guard launching.

“Almost, but there’s still one that he got talked to about,” Brownell said after Clemson beat Pittsburgh in its last outing for a fourth-straight win. “I’m pretty liberal with Gabe and his shooting and he knows that, but every once in a while there’s one he needs to pass up.”

DeVoe, from Shelby, N.C., kept getting deeper and deeper in firing from long range until he finally let one go with his feet on the Tiger paw not far inside half-court which drew a few words of caution from Brownell. The Tigers (20-4, 9-3) are in solo second in the ACC and up to their highest AP ranking under Brownell at No. 11. They play Wednesday night at Florida State.

DeVoe established a new high in Brownell’s eight seasons and equaled the most made 3-pointers in the ACC this year with seven (in 11 attempts) in the blowout win over Pitt. He also tied a 31-year-old school record with his fourth-consecutive game of making at least five. No Tiger had made five 3s in even back-to-back games since 2008. During the Tigers four-game winning streak, DeVoe is 22 of 34 (65 percent) from long range.

“I’m just playing with extreme confidence and my teammates believe in me and want to get me the ball,” DeVoe said. “The coaches believe in me as well and I’ve just continued to play solid defensively and then knock shots in. I feel like every shot I take is going in and fortunately they’ve been going down lately.”

DeVoe ranks third in the ACC in 3-point shooting at 43 percent (60 of 139) and tied for fourth in making 2.5 per game. He’s 25th in scoring at 13.5 points per game, and in five games since Clemson lost senior starter Donte Grantham to an injury, he’s leading the team at 20.4 points over that span.

In the past four games, DeVoe has shot 33 of 54 from the field and matched his career-high of 25 points twice (against Georgia Tech and Pitt) while adding a 24-point outing. He was named the ACC Player of the Week two weeks ago.

“He’s been playing at an unbelievably high level, just shooting the ball with a lot of confidence, but he puts in a lot of work,” Brownell said. “He shoots extra, is one of the first guys if not the first at the gym and it’s been that way all through fall shooting when we come in three or four mornings a week to shoot as a team.”

Brownell continued, “You’re happy for guys in your program that develop and this is what you want for them at the end of their career, just to be playing their best basketball and enjoying it and he certainly is doing both.”

DeVoe entered this season with only seven career starts before starting 22 this year with Brownell acknowledging a broader opportunity has been the biggest catalyst to the guard’s emergence in his final year.

“He’s a very good player and there’s no question in my mind that I knew he could do this kind of things. He’s a big, strong guard, has a quick release, and he’s really improved at making plays off the bounce. He’s consistently getting more shots, but I think his confidence has really grown throughout his career. He’s been gearing up for this year for a long time and I think he knew this was his time to shine and blossom and he’s done that.”