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  1. With garnet in his hair, Trae Hannibal moves forward as USC's poster boy in '19 class June 20, 2018 From the tips of his hair to the number on his chest to the city he was playing in, Trae Hannibal was a slam-dunking poster boy for South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. The recent USC basketball commitment was at Ridge View High School, a main attraction during a series of exhibition games put on by Phenom Hoops recruiting service. Hannibal is an explosive, 6-foot-2, 200-pound point guard. He pledged to the Gamecocks on June 1, giving Frank Martin a fully engaged first member of his 2019 class. Hannibal’s hair? It’s a shade of red that can be confused with garnet at first glance. “It’s a little bright,” he said, “but it’s Gamecocks though.” The number Hannibal wore for his native Hartsville High? Zero, the famous digit he plans to fashion at USC. “It was always special because I’m a big (Russell) Westbrook fan,” he said. “But wearing it after him (Sindarius Thornwell), it’s a blessing.” Hannibal traveled some 60 miles west Tuesday. The drive, taken with Hartsville coach Yusuf English and the rest of the Red Foxes, is one that his family will soon get used to. Hannibal, despite offers from schools as far away as Oklahoma State, chose to stay home. “It means a lot,” said Edward Wilson, Hannibal’s father. “There were a lot of other people talking with him and everything, but it meant a lot to be playing in-state, playing under coach Martin, who is a real great coach. It meant a lot.” Hannibal, ranked by Phenom Hoops as the state’s fifth-best player, is the first of 2019’s biggest names to make his college decision. Josiah James, No. 1 on that list, has Duke and Michigan State offers. No. 2, Juwan Gary, recently visited Alabama. No. 3, Christian Brown, is coming off a visit to UNLV. No. 4, D.J. Burns, reclassified and signed with Tennessee. “A lot of the response has been they respect Trae for it,” English said. “Not wanting to wait for more offers to make a decision, he got what he wanted. They respect him for his courage and his convictions, not allowing people to talk him out of doing stuff. They really respect what his decision is. “Especially people around the state who believe in South Carolina basketball and just the ability for kids to stay in state, they really respect the fact that he wanted to stay in-state.” James, who helped Team USA capture gold in last week’s U18 FIBA Americas Championship, teams with Hannibal on the AAU circuit. The Charleston native was quick to reach out to Hannibal on June 1. “I changed my phone number, so I knew it was going to be hectic,” Hannibal said. “Somehow (Josiah) got a hold of me real fast. He was happy for me. Whatever he does, I’ll be happy with it, too.” Hannibal’s now in a unique position where he can play part-time recruiting coordinator. His early commitment allows time for Gamecock-heavy communication with the likes of James and company. He wouldn’t reveal his plans Tuesday but noted: “I've got something in the bag. THE STATE
  2. Video: Frank Martin summer update news conference June 15, 2018
  3. 'He could end up beating Kentucky.' Fran Fraschilla: USC getting steal in Frink June 14, 2018 Among those attending this week’s FIBA under-18 Americas championships in Canada: Frank Martin, Chuck Martin and Fran Fraschilla. The Martins are South Carolina basketball coaches, a duo with a collective eye on their own signed player, but also potential Gamecocks. Fraschilla is a longtime ESPN analyst who has been scouting the international hoops scene for years. On Sunday evening, before all three, Alanzo Frink (Dominican Republic) matched up with Matthew Hurt (United States). Frink is already inked to an SEC school while Hurt is on the radar of the league’s established power. The Martins were perhaps peering into the future as Frink, a USC signee, outscored Hurt, a five-star prospect and Kentucky target, 16-12. Fraschilla acknowledged the preview – and took it a step further. “Alanzo’s one of those guys that Kentucky would never take,” Fraschilla told The State, “but he could end up beating Kentucky when he’s a sophomore or junior. “Matthew’s a good player – it’s not like he’s chopped liver – and Alanzo wore him out for a while.” Dominican Republic on Thursday lost to Argentina in the quarterfinals, ending Frink’s final pre-college appearance on the international stage. Over four games, the listed 6-foot-7 forward averaged a team-best 18.3 points and 6 rebounds. “He blew me away,” Fraschilla said. “He was the strongest player in the tournament, physically. He’s a handful. “Very impressive. Strength, feel for the game, showed some maneuverability out on the perimeter. Obviously a little undersized at 6-6, 6-7, but I think it’s one of those kids you look at and go, ‘Damn, South Carolina might have gotten a steal here.’ THE STATE
  4. Brian Bowen withdraws from NBA draft. Here are his options June 11, 2018 Brian Bowen has withdrawn from the 2018 NBA draft, a source confirmed to The State on Monday evening. Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo was first to report the news concerning the former South Carolina basketball signee. Bowen's story is well-known. He enrolled at USC in January after leaving Louisville in midst of his connection to the FBI's probe into bribery and corruption college basketball. He only practiced with the Gamecocks while the NCAA waited (and waited) to rule on his eligibility status. After being told he couldn't play collegiately in 2018-19, Bowen declared for the draft on May 30. Twelve days later, he's out of the draft. What does that mean? What are his options moving forward? The 6-foot-7 former McDonald's All-American now officially won't be selected in June 21's two-round event. He did, however, work out for several NBA teams, including recent visits to the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The final deadline for players to withdraw from the draft was 5 p.m. Monday. Bowen, who has not hired an agent, likely got a sense he wouldn't be selected. His near-future options now include: becoming a G League free agent, looking to play overseas and focusing on the 2019 draft. What's clear is he won't be in garnet and black. The G League, the NBA's minor league affiliate, can sign players to standard one-year contracts with the league, not individual teams, according to three different salary scales. Some more G League facts as they could relate to Bowen: -If a player from high school, college or overseas enters the NBA G League without ever having declared for the NBA draft, he will join a waiver pool. That player remains NBA draft-eligible but is not eligible to be called up to the NBA. -The league signs about 180 players each year to join the pool of draft-eligible prospects. They include college players who went undrafted, international prospects, and players who were recently waived by NBA teams following training camp. -A G League draft is typically held the last week of October or the first week of November. This occurs after NBA start-of-season rosters are finalized. THE STATE
  5. Why USC's 2018-19 basketball schedule is the toughest in the Frank Martin era June 07, 2018 It wasn’t the response a reporter was looking for, but Frank Martin used the question to push something off his chest. “I'm going to answer your question in a second,” said the South Carolina basketball coach, “but you said something that triggered something in my head.” This was late October 2017 and Martin, coming off a Final Four run, wasn’t happy with a narrative he saw circulating about his program. The Gamecocks, in his mind, were NOT set up with a soft non-conference schedule. “I'm just telling you, that insults me,” Martin said defiantly. “When people say I'm soft, or I like soft, that insults me. That insults my players.” If such a topic rises to the surface again this upcoming fall, Martin won’t have to be so defensive. Instead of his signature stare, he might just grin at a reporter – or tear up. USC’s 2018-19 schedule is about finished – and there’s nothing soft about it. In fact, it might just be the hardest Martin’s ever faced in his seven years in Columbia. The SEC on Wednesday announced each school’s league opponents for the upcoming season. South Carolina has home-and-homes with Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Missouri and Texas A&M. It hosts Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss and it travels to Florida, Kentucky, LSU and Vanderbilt. (Dates, times and television information will be released later.) These 18 games are now added to the known portion of the non-conference slate. South Carolina will host Stony Book (Nov. 9), Norfolk State (Nov. 13), Virginia (Dec. 19), Clemson (Dec. 22), Coastal Carolina, travel to Michigan (Dec. 8), Wyoming and Oklahoma State (Jan. 26) and take on Providence (Nov. 16) and Michigan or George Washington (Nov. 18) at a neutral site in Connecticut. Of the 23 opponents listed above, 12 of them appeared in the NCAA tournament last year. They play Sweet 16 participant Texas A&M twice, second round finisher Tennessee twice and get first round finisher Missouri twice. There’s a chance, too, that they twice face national runners-up Michigan. Previous Martin teams never faced more than seven opponents in the regular season that appeared in the Big Dance the year before. Gary Parrish on Tuesday released his way-too-early Top 25 on CBSSports.com. Eight upcoming USC opponents are listed, including Tennessee (No. 3), Kentucky (4), Virginia (7), Auburn (10), Mississippi State (15), LSU (19), Michigan (21) and Clemson (24). Joe Lunardi’s lists 10 upcoming USC opponents in his latest 2019 NCAA tournament bracket projection on ESPN.com – Virginia (2-seed), Kentucky (2), Tennessee (2), Auburn (3), Michigan (4), Clemson (6), Florida (7), Mississippi State (7), LSU (8) and Oklahoma State (11). The Gamecocks (17-16 overall) beat three eventual Big Dance teams last season – Kentucky, Florida (away) and Auburn. Carolina is returning four starters, including All-SEC forward Chris Silva. South Carolina 2018-19 basketball schedule 2017-18 NCAA tournament teams are in BOLD Nov. 9 – Stony Brook Nov. 13 – Norfolk State Nov. 16 – Providence (in Connecticut) Nov. 18 – Michigan OR George Washington (in Connecticut) Dec. 8 – AT Michigan Dec. 19 – Virginia Dec. 22 – Clemson Jan. 26 – AT Oklahoma State TBA – Coastal Carolina TBA – AT Wyoming TBA – Georgia TBA – Mississippi State TBA – Tennessee TBA – Missouri TBA – Texas A&M TBA – Alabama TBA – Arkansas TBA – Auburn TBA – Ole Miss TBA – AT Georgia TBA – AT Mississippi State TBA – AT Tennessee TBA – AT Missouri TBA – AT Texas A&M TBA – AT Florida TBA – AT Kentucky TBA – AT LSU TBA – AT Vanderbilt THE STATE
  6. Brian Bowen, South Carolina basketball issue statement about NCAA ruling May 30, 2018 The NCAA has informed tSouth Carolina that, at a minimum, Brian Bowen will be ineligible for the 2018-19 basketball season. That’s based on alleged benefits received by the Bowen family at his former institution and his requirement to serve a transfer year in residence at South Carolina. After receiving this information, South Carolina continued to work closely with Bowen and his attorney, Jason Setchen, to provide as much information as possible, regarding the eligibility ruling, so that he could make an informed decision on his NBA Draft status. After taking time to assess the information provided by the NCAA, Bowen has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA Draft. “I am completely devastated by the NCAA’s ruling,” Bowen said. “All I ever wanted to do was continue my education and play college basketball. However, after learning of the ruling, and discussing it with my family and attorney, I’ve decided to pursue my professional career. I’m grateful to the University of South Carolina and Frank Martin for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be a Gamecock.” “I appreciate the hard work of our staff who worked on behalf of Brian on his eligibility status,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said. “Brian is a hard-working, bright and determined young man who saw himself as a teammate, even though he couldn’t play on game day. We look forward to supporting him in the next steps of his career.” “I enjoyed having Brian as part of our program and he will always be part of our family,” Martin said. “He is an outstanding person, who took his academic studies seriously and wants to earn his college degree. Brian dreamt of playing college basketball and selflessly contributed to helping his team get better each day while he was here. “Participating in college basketball gives young people a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow while enjoying the surroundings being part of a university. I wish Brian had this opportunity. We will continue to support Brian and do everything we can to help him reach his goals. Brian is a proud Gamecock and will be one forever. I hope nothing but the best for him in the future.”
  7. Exploring Brian Bowen's options as NCAA, NBA deadline looms May 29, 2018 The deadline for early entry college players to decide to stay in the NBA draft or return to school is Wednesday. That’s all day Wednesday, as in until 11:59 p.m. Every second could matter when it comes to Brian Bowen and South Carolina. The NCAA has still yet to rule on the freshman’s eligibility. As of Tuesday afternoon, his clearest option of playing basketball during the 2018-19 season is at the professional level. Jason Setchen, Bowen’s lawyer since the fall when Bowen became centrally connected to an FBI investigation into college hoops, tweeted the following Saturday evening: “The fact that the NCAA is still sitting on the Bowen file is mind boggling. The NBA withdrawal deadline is May 30! There has been no new information on this case for 6 months. What are they waiting for? It is beyond egregious to do this to a 19 year old.” The NCAA has not responded to a request by The State for information on the Bowen case. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-7 wing has worked out for a number of NBA teams, including the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons early last week. Most popular NBA mock draft sites are not projecting Bowen to be taken during the two-round event on June 21, however. Because he hasn’t played competitively in over a year, Bowen is thought to best improve his stock by returning to USC and putting game action on film. But the former Louisville signee does not have that choice at the moment. So what are his choices? ▪ If he doesn’t get drafted, Bowen could be signed by an NBA team to a two-way contract, meaning he’d spend the bulk of next season in the G League and not more than 45 days with that NBA team. Former Gamecock P.J. Dozier did this with the Oklahoma City Thunder in October. ▪ NBA teams, however, are only allowed to sign up to two players to two-way contracts. If Bowen doesn’t land a two-way deal, he can sign a standard one-year contract with the G League – and not an individual team – essentially becoming a free agent. ▪ Bowen was asked during the NBA combine if he’d consider playing overseas and he responded with: “To me, it’s really just school or the next level, NBA.” ▪ There’s no stopping Bowen from removing his name from the draft, even if the NCAA hasn’t ruled on his eligibility before Thursday. But would he want to risk more waiting? Sure, the season doesn’t begin until November, but what if the NCAA, which has given no sign of urgency in this situation, waits until minutes before the opening game to tell him he can’t play? Now he’s lost two seasons of basketball. It’s likely Bowen’s future is known this week. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-mens-basketball/article212100944.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-mens-basketball/article212100944.html#storylink=cpy THE STATE

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