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  1. Drumgoole still hot target for #Gamecocks OCTOBER 17, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT Gerald Drumgoole 6-5 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY has only taken one official visit thus far and that was to USC in late September. Since then Minnesota, Creighton and Oklahoma have jumped in to give him other schools to consider. But the Gamecocks also remain on his trail and are still working to pull him in. Drumgoole said he hears daily from Gamecock assistants Chuck Martin and Bruce Shingler. “They just love my style of play and they are ready for me to commit,” Drumgoole said. “They are on me very hard. I’m thinking like, yeah, I’m excited about it. I’m just trying to take my time and be patient with the process and make sure the next move I make is the smartest move for me.” Drumgoole said he will take an official visit to Minnesota in a few weeks. He said Creighton and Oklahoma might also get visits. Drumgoole said he’s not see any Gamecock coaches since his official visit but they are planning to see him during the season. He’s not sure yet if he’ll sign in November or wait until April. “As of right now, South Carolina (stands out the most) because that’s the only visit I’ve been on,” Drumgoole said.
  2. Gamecocks land potential replacement for Chris Silva OCTOBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Wildens Leveque Forward Chris Silva will take his dunks, rebounds and defense to the pro level next season leaving USC will some big shoes to fill. Gamecock coach Frank Martin feels he filled those shoes Friday with a commitment from 6-9 Wildens Leveque, a native of Brockton, MA but a student at the Gould Academy in Maine. Leveque narrowed his list to USC, Massachusetts and VCU and he took officials visits to all three. The Gamecocks got the final visit last weekend and Leveque saw enough on his first and only visit to Columbia to feel it would be a good place to call home the next four years. Leveque also got to watch the Gamecocks practice, watch Silva work and watch have Martin runs things in his system. “He just likes me as a player. He sees I had a lot of growth in my game,” Leveque said. “He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva. “I like the evolution of Silva, how he’s just gotten better every year and now he has a chance to play in the NBA. I like how they’ve got their bigs running the floor, give them a break whenever they’re tired, play with a high motor. I play pretty similar.” Leveque knows Martin coaches with intensity in practice and games and expects the same intensity on the court from his players. He’s fine with. “Coach Martin is similar to my AAU coach, I like the way he coaches,” Leveque said. “Scream at me, yell at me, bench me every time I do something wrong. Come back in and try and be better.” Leveque averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds per game last season. He does not carry a national ranking by Rivals. He’s the second 2019 commitment for the Gamecocks joining 6-2 guard Trae Hannibal of Hartsville.
  3. Gamecocks waiting on the word from Scott OCTOBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Donta Scott 6-6 Donta Scott of Philadelphia has been one of USC’s top targets for over a year. Scott is ranked 141st nationally by Rivals and USC recruiter Perry Clark has been the front man for the Gamecocks recruiting efforts. They’ll learn Sunday or Monday if those efforts paid off. Scott took official visits to USC, La Salle, Temple, Seton Hall and Maryland. The USC visit last weekend was not his first to see the Gamecocks. He was in the house last November when the Gamecocks opened the season at Wofford’s new arena and then came down to Columbia for the weekend. “Oh, he loves South Carolina,” said Howard Hudson, coach of Scott’s AAU team, the Philly Pride. “He loved it because the coaches and everybody in this were just treating treating him well.” Scott saw the Gamecocks practice last year on his visit and got another look inside the program last weekend. “You know, a lot of people were saying Frank was tough and he watched one of the practices,” Hudson said. “I asked him how was practice, and we watched it last year, so he knew kind of what what it was about, and he said it was not a problem. Scott has not yet made his decision and all five schools he visited are still in it. This weekend will be used for decision making with an announcement Sunday or Monday according to Hudson. “South Carolina and Maryland really stood out,” he said. “Comfortable around the players and comfortable around the coaches. Perry did a real good job for South Carolina. He’s been talking to Donta for over a year and a half.” Hudson said Maryland was in Tuesday for a final visit with Scott. USC coaches had their in-home visit last week. As for what will be deciding factors, Hudson sees three. “The coaches, the team’s playing style and the academic support for him.” Scott attends the same school in Philadelphia from where the Gamecocks recruited guard David Beatty. USC women’s coach Dawn Staley, who is a native of Philadelphia, also talked with Scott on his official visit.
  4. South Carolina made his final three, and he’s announcing Friday Oct. 12, 2018 Shortly after making his official visit to South Carolina, Wildens Leveque is set to make his college decision. The big man from Gould Academy in Maine tweeted Thursday evening that he will announce Friday where he’s headed next. USC is one of three finalists, joining VCU and UMass. The listed 6-foot-10, 230-pounder is rated by 247Sports as the No. 64 power forward in the 2019 class. After visiting Columbia last weekend, he told Sports Talk’s Phil Kornblut that the trip -- which included seats to USC’s football win over Missouri -- went “really well.” “I got to experience everything, got to experience a good game of big time football,” Leveque said. “Never been to a official football game before, so that’s pretty exciting. I love the coaching staff, players are really good people.” USC coach Frank Martin, who teamed with assistant Chuck Martin in first seeing Leveque over the summer, is pitching Levque as a potential replacement for the soon-to-be departing Chris Silva, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year. “(Frank Martin) just likes me as a player,” Leveque told Kornblut. “He sees I had a lot of growth in my game. He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva.” Leveque visited VCU and UMass on consecutive weekends in September before ending his trips at USC. (A once-planned visit to Penn State for Oct. 13 won’t happen.) Leveque averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. The son of Haitian immigrants, Leveque is originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. Martin, a former assistant at Northeastern University, has found success at recruiting that area of the country to USC. (See Silva and Alanzo Frink as recent examples.) Gould coach Cory McClure is a former assistant at the University of New Hampshire. They’ve known each other for close to 20 years. “There’s a comfort level with me, comfort level with his AAU coaches in a way that maybe some other coach from down south we wouldn’t have that level of comfort with,” McClure said last month. “Not to say that South Carolina wouldn’t be appealing, but it’s made more appealing by who’s running the ship.” This could be a big weekend for the Gamecocks as Philadelphia swingman Donta Scott, another USC target, is expected to choose his school by Sunday. Carolina has one pledge in its ‘19 class -- Hartsville point guard Trae Hannibal.
  5. Leveque recounts official visit with #Gamecocks OCTOBER 8, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Wildens Leveque 6-9 Wildens Leveque of Brockton, MA made his official visit to USC over the weekend. Part of his visit consisted of attending the Gamecocks’ rain-drenched football game against Missouri. That was a new, and memorable, experience for him. “It went really well,” Leveque said. “I got to experience everything, got to experience a good game of big time football. Never been to a official football game before, so that’s pretty exciting. I love the coaching staff, players are really good people.” Along with football, Leveque watched some hoops as well. He took in a Gamecock practice and got a close up look at how Frank Martin runs things. “Intense practice, you know, big man, they like utilizing the big man a lot,” he said. “They like the big man to run the floor. Going to the last three visits, I like seeing how they utilize their big men.” Leveque also got the chance to talk directly with Martin about his game and how he might fit in with Martin’s system. “He just likes me as a player. He sees I had a lot of growth in my game,” he said. “He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva.” Leveque had taken official visits to VCU and home state Massachusetts before coming to USC. If he was moving towards a decision, he said this weekend gave him enough to think about to slow things down. “It just made me think about taking a break and seeing how everything goes, you know, talk to the family because it’s big decision for me and these top schools are really good,” he said. “Now its just time for me to just think about where I want to go or just talk to my family and see what’s happening.” He had thought about taking an official visit to Penn State this coming weekend but said he’s not taking that right now. And he said there are no in home visits planned for this week. He is still planning to make his decision by the end of October. “They’re all really good teams, really good schools, and it’s going to be a tough decision by the end of this month.’ Leveque said he also got the chance to hang out with the other recruit in for an official visit, Dante Scott of Philadelphia.
  6. USC assistant coach Chuck Martin visited 6-9 Wildens Leveque on Wednesday Sept. 27, 2018 USC assistant coach Chuck Martin visited 6-9 Wildens Leveque on Wednesday. Virginia Tech recruiter also was in. Leveque visited VCU last weekend and will visit UMass this weekend. He visits USC next weekend.
  7. Drumgoole excited about upcoming visit with #Gamecocks SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Gerald Drumgoole USC will have one of its key basketball recruiting targets on campus this weekend when 6-5 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY makes an official visit with his parents. They will arrive in Columbia Thursday night and Drumgoole, who attends school in Maine, is anxious to see what Frank Martin and company have to offer. “Going into the visit I’m very excited,” Drumgoole said. “This is actually my first official visit so that will be something I’ll be looking forward to. I’m just hoping to have a great time when I get to campus. I’m just looking for a great vibe, a great city and a great interaction with the players and coaches and just hoping I enjoy myself while I’m down there.” Drumgoole was scheduled for an official visit to Maryland last week but he canceled that. He has no other visits set at this point but plans to take at least one more after the USC visit. He said Georgia and Minnesota are two others hot on his trail right now. Martin has had an in home visit with Drumgoole and Tuesday night he was on the phone with assistant Bruce Shingler. He said from what he’s seen from afar, Martin’s style fits him. “I just like how he’s a tough coach and always holds his players accountable and and holds them to a high intensity, and pushes them every day,” Drumgoole said. “They like my all around game. They like the way that I shoot the ball, how I’m an unselfish player and how I facilitate on the floor.” Drumgoole was the player of the year in Rochester as a junior averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds per game and leading his team to a state title. He also played tight end for his football team but he said his focus now is on basketball.
  8. He canceled his Maryland visit and will instead see Frank Martin and the Gamecocks Sept. 25, 2018 The South Carolina basketball team commences practice this week and this weekend Frank Martin and his staff will play host to one of the top players on their 2019 recruiting board. Gerald Drumgoole, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard La Porte, Ind., said he will visit USC this coming weekend. Drumgoole was scheduled to visit Maryland last weekend but he canceled that visit a few days in advance Drumgoole is a native of Rochester, N.Y. who will play this season for the La Lumiere school, the same school former Gamecock Brian Bowen attended. Gamecock assistant Chuck Martin, who has strong ties in the Indiana recruiting scene, is recruiting Drumgoole. Before transferring to the Indiana school, Drumgoole was one of the top players in New York state after leading his team to a state championship and earning city player of the year honors. He averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. He also was a standout at Peach Jam in July and soon after the major offers started to roll in. He averaged over 10 points and six rebounds a game in that national AAU showcase. Maryland and Georgia were his first big-time offers. Some others on his list are Massachusetts, George Mason, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Temple, St. Bonaventure and DePaul. He’s also hearing from Georgetown, Iowa State and Minnesota. Drumgoole also was a tight end on his high school football team in Rochester before deciding to focus on basketball following his last season of AAU basketball. Notes: ▪ South Carolina football offered 2020 wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (6-0 182) of Washington, D.C. He’s a national level recruit with multiple Power Five offers. ▪ Spartanburg RB Zykamren Robinson visited Tennessee Saturday. ▪ Tre Jackson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Blythewood, took his official visit to Iowa State this weekend. He’s also been officially to Winthrop and Murray State. He holds a Gamecocks offer. ▪ Greensboro, N.C., 2021 6-foot-3 poind guard Carson McCorkle committed to Virginia. Clemson and USC were among his offers.
  9. USC set to host basketball target this weekend SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Gerald Drumgoole The USC basketball team commences practice this week and this weekend Frank Martin and his staff will play host to one of the top players on their 2019 recruiting board. 6-5 shooting guard Gerald Drumgoole of La Porte, IN said he will visit USC this coming weekend. Drumgoole was scheduled to visit Maryland last weekend but he canceled that visit a few days in advance Drumgoole is a native of Rochester, NY who will play this season for the La Lumiere school, the same school former Gamecock Brian Bowen attended. Gamecock assistant Chuck Martin, who has strong ties in the Indiana recruiting scene, is recruiting Drumgoole. Before transferring to the Indiana school, Drumgoole was one of the top players in New York state after leading his team to a state championship and earning city player of the year honors. He averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior. He also was a standout at Peach Jam in July and soon after the major offers started to roll in. He averaged over 10 points and 6 rebounds a game in that national AAU showcase. Maryland and Georgia were his first big-time offers. Some others on his list are Massachusetts, George Mason, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Temple, St. Bonaventure and DePaul. He’s also hearing from Georgetown, Iowa State and Minnesota. Drumgoole also was a tight end on his high school football team in Rochester before deciding to focus on basketball following his last season of AAU basketball.
  10. USC basketball targets taking visits Sept. 22, 2018 6-7 Quincy Guerrier of Quebec, who has a USC offer, will take an official visit to Syracuse this weekend. He has visited Oregon and is scheduled to visit Illinois October 5th.
  11. After a Frank Martin visit, USC basketball big man target schedules trip to Columbia Sept. 20, 2018 The early forecast for Oct. 5 in Columbia calls for 80 degrees and sunshine. Given a second try, Wildens Leveque should make it here this time. Leveque is a listed 6-foot-9, 210-pound power forward who ranks as a three-star recruiting prospect in the 2019 class. Hurricane Florence washed out his originally scheduled visit to South Carolina, but plans have been tweaked accordingly. Leveque will now come to USC on Oct. 5-7 and will presumably take in the Gamecocks’ football game with Missouri that weekend. Cory McClure, Leveque’s coach at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, revealed as much to The State on Thursday. Carolina coaches Frank Martin and Chuck Martin were at Gould on Wednesday to see Leveque. “They spent the latter part of the afternoon here,” McClure said. “We had our typical afternoon workouts and what-not and they had a chance to spend time talking to Wildens before they departed.” Leveque is visiting VCU this weekend and UMass next weekend. After his trip to USC, there’s plans for a trip to Penn State on the weekend of Oct. 13. “I don’t know if he takes all four visits,” McClure said. “I don’t think he really likes the recruiting process. As I told Frank and Chuck, I got to help get it to the point where he gets down to South Carolina. I don’t think he’s going to pull the trigger, but I can see him getting tired of the process really quick. “But I think South Carolina’s in pretty good shape.” Leveque averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. The son of Haitian immigrants, Leveque is originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. Martin, a former assistant at Northeastern University, has found success at recruiting that area of the country to USC. (See Chris Silva and Alanzo Frink as recent examples.) McClure is a former assistant at the University of New Hampshire. They’ve known each other for close to 20 years. “There’s a comfort level with me, comfort level with his AAU coaches in a way that maybe some other coach from down south we wouldn’t have that level of comfort with,” McClure said. “Not to say that South Carolina wouldn’t be appealing, but it’s made more appealing by who’s running the ship.” Leveque is expected to make his final decision this fall. South Carolina, with Hartsville’s Trae Hannibal, has one commitment in its ‘19 class.
  12. Josiah James’ message to South Carolina, Clemson after opting to leave state Sept. 20, 2018 The Clemson and South Carolina basketball programs have enjoyed success over the past few years, but it hasn’t been enough to keep the top in-state prospects from staying home. Porter-Gaud’s Josiah James, a five-star prospect, was the latest star who opted to play college basketball outside the Palmetto State when he picked Tennessee on Wednesday. James’ announcement comes a few months after Spartanburg Day phenom Zion Williamson announced he was headed to Duke. Also, York Prep’s D.J. Burns (Tennessee) and former Gray Collegiate standout Juwan Gary (Alabama) chose to go out of state. Gary is playing his senior season at West Charlotte (N.C.). All the aforementioned prospects had South Carolina and Clemson among their final choices. James eliminated USC when he narrowed down his final three. USC is coming off a Final Four appearance in 2017, and the Tigers went to the Sweet Sixteen last season. “There is no question that Clemson and USC tried hard and they were good. I think it just came down to what jumped out to a kid,” Porter-Gaud coach John Pearson said. “I don’t know that we should be viewing this as a trend due to schools not doing a good job. From what I saw, both USC and Clemson were top notch. I think it just came down to what Josiah felt most comfortable with. Clemson’s staff and USC’s staff were very good. “I know what I saw. Clemson and South Carolina did their job. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out good for them, but they didn’t necessarily do anything wrong that I observed.” James agreed with his coach, saying the USC and Clemson coaching staffs did nothing wrong and both were recruiting him hard the last several years. He pointed out that Tennessee coach Rick Barnes was the first to offer him. That offer came in a parking lot following a bad performance by James at an AAU tournament in Spartanburg during the summer before his freshman season. The decision to pick Tennessee wasn’t an indictment of USC’s or Clemson’s program, James said. “They do a great job already. It is nothing against this state,” James said. “This state has great basketball players, great coaches and universities. I just went to the place that is right for me. “I can’t speak to what Zion went through or other in-state players that go to out of state. I wouldn’t change anything about them. They are great communities and great coaches. It just wasn’t what it is for me. I just felt better about one place.” Brad Brownell’s program was perceived as the leader for both Williamson and James prior to their announcements. Clemson was the overwhelming favorite in 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions with 93 percent of the picks made for James picking the Tigers, where he visited over the weekend. No one projected him to the Vols. Several Clemson media members made their way from the Upstate to Charleston for James’ announcement, another sign of confidence in the Tigers’ position for James. “Just being who it is, being Zion Williamson, being Josiah James, being five-star guys who are home-bred, I kind of feel for Clemson,” Rivals national analyst Corey Evans said. “They invested a lot into each of those kids, and the fact that they entered commitment day as the leader and leave as the bridesmaid, that’s not fun for anyone.” So where does USC and Clemson go from here? The Gamecocks have a commit from Hartsville guard Trae Hannibal and are recruiting Blythewood’s Tre Jackson in this year’s class. Clemson has one commit in Chase Hunter of Westlake (Ga.) and are in the mix for Ridge View’s Malcolm Wilson and Christian Brown, who recently left Lower Richland for McEachern (Ga.). Brown is a four-star prospect and ranked in the top 50 nationally. “It takes one or two guys to entirely change the complexion of a program, and they just haven’t gotten that guy,” Evans said of Clemson. “It’s not looked upon as a destination program yet. That could change with tournament success, and this year they have another chance for success in the tournament. But these guys want to know that they can get to the NBA, and Clemson has not done that yet. I think that gets woven into the fabric a little bit.” ---------- Tracking the in-state prospects Here’s a look at the state’s best players, according to 247Sports rankings, from the last five classes and where they’ve gone to college. Class of 2019 (committed) 1. Josiah James (Porter-Gaud High School in Charleston) – Tennessee 2. Christian Brown (Lower Richland in Hopkins*) – undecided, but is involved with Clemson, Georgia, UNLV, Ole Miss, Florida State and Maryland 3. Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia**) – Alabama 4. Trae Hannibal (Hartsville) – committed to South Carolina 5. Malcolm Wilson (Ridge View in Columbia) – undecided, but is down to Clemson, Georgetown and Rice *transferred to McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia **transferred to West Charlotte High School in North Carolina
  13. Martin checks out Leveque Sept. 20, 2018 USC coach Frank Martin was up in Maine Wednesday to see 6-9 Wildens Leveque. VCU was in Tuesday and he will take an official visit there this weekend. He also has officials set with USC, UMass and Penn State.
  14. USC coaches to see Wildens Leveque this week SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Wildens Leveque USC loses star forward Chris Silva after this season. Apparently, Gamecock coach Frank Martin has identified a potential replacement in 6-9 Wildens Leveque, a native of Brockton, MA who attends school in Maine. Martin first saw Leveque in action this summer and, along with assistant coach Chuck Martin, will see him again Wednesday. Frank McGuire, back in the late 60’s, was recruiting Tom Owens for the Gamecocks when he eyed a skinny guard named John Roche. Similarly, Leveque said Martin was scouting another player when he got his first look at him. “I out performed the other player, so they got kind of interested, so they got my number and contacted me after AAU season,” Leveque said. “I had set up an official visit for last weekend but it got canceled due to the hurricane. Frank Martin and coach Chuck (Martin) are coming on Wednesday to visit me in my school.” Leveque already has rescheduled that official visit with the Gamecocks for October 6th, so there is strong interest both ways. “Coach Frank Martin is similar to my AAU coach, I like the way he coaches,” Leveque said. “I like the evolution of Chris Silva, how he’s just gotten better every year and now he has a chance to play in the NBA. That gave a better idea of how the University of South Carolina is.” Leveque said he’s watched film of the Gamecocks to learn more about Martin’s coaching style and style of play. “I like how they’ve got their bigs running the floor, give them a break whenever they’re tired, play with a high motor. I play pretty similar,” he said. “He (Martin) is exactly like my coach, the way my coach would emphasize defense exactly. Scream at me, yell at me, bench me every time I do something wrong. Come back in and try and be better.” Leveque averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. He said his playing style is exactly what Martin is looking for to replace Silva. “They like how I run the floor, they like how I’m a high energy guy, i have a big motor,” he said. “How I can block shots, how I can finish and score and play really hard because at their level the guys play really hard.” Leveque will take an official visit to VCU this weekend and one to Massachusetts the following weekend, and then he will visit USC. Penn State is another school he’s strongly considering and might visit there October 13th. Coaches from VCU and UMass have been in for visits. He does plan to sign in November and does not yet have a favorite among his four schools.
  15. South Carolina’s No. 1 2020 basketball prospect likes Gamecocks’ style Sept. 17, 2018 He might well be South Carolina’s No. 1 basketball prospect in the 2020 class. And 6-foot-9 Dorman forward P.J. Hall made a pair of in-state stops in the past couple weeks. It started with dropping by Columbia for the South Carolina-Georgia football game. He attended practice that morning before heading over the Williams-Brice Stadium. He and Gamecock head coach Frank Martin got the chance to discuss future plans should he go that way. “He was talking about how I fit in there and just the atmosphere of the place,” he said. “He talked about what the school is like and if I were to end up there everyone would know who I was and it would be a really great place.” Hall also likes the style of basketball Martin uses, especially on the offensive end. “I know they like to play through the post, they play inside-out, which I like,” Hall said. “A lot of people are getting away from that now. If I ended up there, I know I’d have a great role.” A week later, he joined 2019 No. 1 S.C. recruit Josiah James of Porter Gaud at Clemson. “It was fun, I got to watch the practice and got to watch them go up and down a little bit, too,” Hall said. “I was watching how they would feed the post and all the foot work they were working on for individual work.” Hall also got some individual time with head coach Brad Brownell and learned more about what he has planned for him should he decide to join him.. “He was telling me like where I would stand whenever I came in, not playing wise time but how many post players there would be,” he said. “If I were to get there, there would be three already there, so I would be in a good situation my sophomore year because they would all be seniors my freshman year.” “I like him a lot and I like his system, too,” Hall continued. “They have some stretch forwards that can shoot the ball and handle a little bit and that’s where I feel like I fit in the best. He said once I continue to work on my handling and stuff like that, if I were to play the five and then stretched out to the perimeter, they can’t guard that far in college. That would be a big thing for them.” Hall also has been to Florida and he will visit Georgia for a practice and a football game Sept. 29. He’s expecting USC, Clemson, Stanford, Florida and Tennessee to be by his school soon. The College of Charleston and South Florida have been in. Hall said there are no favorites yet and he wants to make his decision next year around his AAU season.
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    New big man on USC radar SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Wildens Levesque USC has become involved with 6-9 PF Wildens Leveque, a native of Brockton, MA who attends Gould Academy in Maine. The interest is strong enough that Leveque scheduled an official visit to USC for this weekend only to see it postponed by the storm. He is trying to reschedule. The Gamecocks saw Leveque in action this summer and later followed up with an offer. “I’m excited on visiting the school soon to see what they have there to offer,” Leveque said. “I like the way they are coached, especially the way Chris Silva evolved from his freshman year to now having a shot at the NBA.” Leveque said he is scheduled for an official visit to VCU next weekend. DePaul, George Mason, Massachusetts, Penn State, Providence, Rutgers and Virginia Tech are some of his other reported offers. Last season Leveque averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
  17. USC offered 6-8 Chandler Lawson of Oak Hill Prep, VA. Sept. 12, 2018 USC offered 6-8 Chandler Lawson of Oak Hill Prep, VA. He’s a native of Memphis and also has offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Memphis and others.
  18. Basketball recruiting roundup: 6-11 2021 John Butler Jr. of Christ Church & 6-10 Jared Jones of Powder Springs, GA Sept. 10, 2018 6-11 2021 John Butler Jr. of Christ Church visited USC Saturday. He recently was offered by Clemson. 6-10 Jared Jones of Powder Springs, GA has set an in home visit with USC for September 13th according to basketball writer Russ Wood. He has four official visits set with Northwestern, Georgia, Minnesota and Mississippi State. LSU and Wake Forest also are working on in home visit dates.
  19. 2020 teammates Myles Tate and PJ Hall of Dorman plan to visit USC Saturday Sept. 07, 2018 2020 teammates Myles Tate and PJ Hall of Dorman plan to visit USC Saturday for Georgia game while visiting with the basketball staff.
  20. Gamecocks make top 10 with 6-10 Jared Jones Sept. 07, 2018 6-10 Jared Jones of Powder Springs, GA, included USC in his top ten he announced Thursday. Clemson, which also is one of his offers, did not make the cut. The others on the list are Northwestern, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, LSU, Harvard, Wake Forest, Minnesota and Georgetown.
  21. 6-10 Jared Jones to announce favorites Thursday Sept. 06, 2018 6-10 Jared Jones of Powder Springs, GA, who has USC and Clemson offers, is to drop his top ten Thursday morning according to Georgia based scout Samad Hines. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio State are some other offers.
  22. PG Tre Jackson has more visits coming up SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Tre Jackson PG Tre Jackson of Blythewood made an unofficial visit to USC last week to meet with Gamecock head coach Frank Martin. He left with an offer from Martin and he’s now got the Gamecocks under consideration. “It means a lot right now,” Jackson said of the USC offer. “A lot more are going to come too. He (Martin) said he feels that I’m a winner, that I can do anything for South Carolina to win and advance. He said said he loves how I have a feel for the game. He said I just have it and all that.” Jackson has not scheduled an official visit with the Gamecocks but he’s considering the possibility. He visited Murray State last month and last weekend he visited Winthrop. “I really enjoyed that visit. It was a great experience,” he said. “I got to know the guys. I love how involved everybody is and the relationships that everybody has with each other. He’s (Pat Kelsey) a great coach and he’s always involved with practice. He’s a very energized person.” Jackson will take an official visit to Florida Gulf Coast September 14th and he’s looking at visiting Iowa State September 21st. In making his decision, Jackson said he’s looking at coaching personality, playing style and playing opportunity. He averaged 19 points and 4 assists per game last season. Share this:
  23. Updates on Gamecock basketball targets Sept. 03, 2018 2021 PG Tyler Rice of Ridge View visited Penn State over the weekend and was offered by the Nittany Lions, his first offer. “It was great, their facilities were top notch. I loved their coaching staff, and I loved the atmosphere there. Everybody seemed so supportive of the athletes.” He’s also visited South Florida and he visited USC last October. He’s planning another unofficial visit with the Gamecocks soon. 2020 6-8 PJ Hall of Dorman took an unofficial visit to Florida over the weekend and his 2020 teammate 6-0 Myles Tate visited USC unofficially. 6-2 Rickea Jackson of Detroit is taking her official visit with the USC Women this weekend. LS Seth Glausier of Jefferson, GA made an unofficial visit to USC Saturday and he said the Gamecocks invited him back for the Georgia game this weekend. “I was invited to their specialist camp over the summer and unfortunately I was going to be on vacation. But a recruiter had come to our school and had talked to me before. I really enjoyed the game yesterday.” Glausier also plays linebacker but USC is interested strictly as a snapper.
  24. Gamecocks on Sunday offered 6-1 2G Tre Jackson of Blythewood Sept. 03, 2018 Gamecocks on Sunday offered 6-1 2G Tre Jackson of Blythewood. Jackson took an official visit to Winthrop over the weekend. He’s also been to Murray State. Some of this other offers are Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Wofford, Presbyterian, George Washington and Iowa State
  25. 6-5 Wendell Moore of Concord, NC August 31, 2018 6-5 Wendell Moore of Concord, NC has cancelled his official visit to USC for September 8th his coach told The State. Moore will take officials to the Big Four in North Carolina and choose from them.

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