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  1. Clemson in, USC out as James cuts list to four AUGUST 15, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT Link: SPORTSTALK Josiah James The state’s top basketball prospect in the 2019 class will consider Clemson among his final four schools but not USC. 6-6 Josiah James of Porter Gaud told Frankie Mansfield of The Moultrie News he will take official visits to Clemson, Duke, Michigan State and Tennessee. USC was on James’ list of nine before he cut it to four. Also cut were Kansas, Virginia, Arizona and Florida State. James told Mansfield he will visit Clemson, Tennessee and Duke, in that order, in September, then Michigan State, his father’s alma-mater, in October. He plans to sign in November. “It’s a great list of schools to go and visit and try to get to know before he makes his decision, no question,” said Porter Gaud coach John Pearson. “I mean, I’m happy for him. He had several schools to choose from that all would have been very good for him. To narrow it, I know that takes a little bit of pressure off of him to be able to narrow his focus.” James had a logical reason for picking each of the finalists. Tennessee was one one of his first offers going back to his ninth grade. His father played at Michigan State in the early 80’s. Duke is Duke. And Clemson give him the home state connection. “They (Clemson) able to forge a good enough relationship,” Pearson said. “It was a process. Clemson was in there and did a great job and I think it has intrigued Josiah to the point that he’s going to make an official visit.” USC also recruited James hard, and even has a commitment from his close friend and AAU teammate Trae Hannibal. But all of that was not enough to help the Gamecocks get an official visit. “Surprise, I was surprised,” Pearson said. “I thought that Carolina did a great job of getting to know Josiah and the family. I don’t know what it came down to, and that’s fine. It’s a process Josiah and his family have to go through and they have to take the phone calls and they have to make that decision.” Duke already is heavy on James’ mind as he’s coming off an unofficial visit there last weekend with his family and coach. “He had a good time, everybody did,” Pearson said. “We drove up there and visited with the coaching staff, watched a little basketball. I felt like Duke did a fantastic job. He (Mike Krzyzewski) gave him a lot of attention, he really did. Coach K talked to the family for a good while. He was impressive, he really was.” James further enhanced his national reputation this summer playing for the gold medal winning USA national team in the FIBA Americas U18 tournament in Canada where he averaged 5 points and 6 rebounds per game. In his career at Porter Gaud, he has scored over 1600 points.
  2. 6-10 Kofi Cockburn of Oak Hill Academy, VA will take four of his official visits August 13, 2018 6-10 Kofi Cockburn of Oak Hill Academy, VA will take four of his official visits to Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida State and Illinois according to Zagsblog which spoke with him at an event in Los Angeles. He also has USC on his short list of 12.
  3. USC is one of the offers for PG Giovanni Santiago, PG Giovanni Santiago scheduled for an unofficial visit to Duke August 11, 2018 USC is one of the offers out to 6-0 PG Giovanni Santiago, a Puerto Rico native who attended high school in Cincinnati but will play at Hargrave Prep, VA this season. He said he’s in touch with recruiter Chuck Martin who scouted him last month in Atlanta. Santiago also has an offer from Samford and is drawing interest from Iowa State and Santa Clara. He has not set any official visits. 6-7 Josiah James of Porter Gaud is scheduled for an unofficial visit to Duke Saturday. James was in San Francisco earlier in the week for a camp and his coach, John Pearson, said now that they are back, James will plan out his official visits from his short list of nine schools…USC, Clemson, Kansas, Michigan State, Virginia, Duke, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida State. He expects him to start taking official visits this month. Pearson said USC and Clemson are keeping up their recruiting efforts. “All good stuff, they are doing a very nice job of recruiting him.”
  4. Gamecocks are in the top 10 with 6-7 Quincy Guerrie August 10, 2018 Gamecocks are in the top 10 with 6-7 Quincy Guerrier who attends Thetford Academy in Canada. Also on the list are Syracuse, Oregon, Illinois, Creighton, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Minnesota, Auburn, and Vanderbilt.
  5. Dorman’s PG MylesTate getting a lot of USC love AUGUST 9, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Myles Tate 2020 6-0 PG Myles Tate of Dorman is the floor general for the state’s 5A defending champions. He averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season. His offer list no doubt will increase over the next few months but USC has already established itself as a main player. “I”m talking to them almost every day, mostly just checking on me and seeing how things are going with me. I’m talking with them almost every day,” Tate said. “I’d fit in really well. It’s a great school. I think Coach (Frank) Martin just let’s you play. As a point guard, he lets you run the show and make the decisions.” Tate and 2020 teammate forward PJ Hall visited West Virginia last Friday and then camped at Pitt last weekend. Those two schools along with Clemson, NC State and Virginia are some other power programs Tate is hearing from. He also has offers from South Florida, Coastal Carolina, Wofford, College of Charleston and Presbyterian. Tate plans to visit South Florida before the start of school and he plans a return trip to USC for some football games. He considers himself wide open at this point and doesn’t plan to make his decision until after next summer’s AAU season.
  6. South Carolina establishing itself as prime player for rising August 09, 2018 Myles Tate, a 2020 6-foot point guard from Dorman High School, is the floor general for the state’s 5A defending champions. He averaged 18 points, four rebounds and four assists per game last season. His offer list no doubt will increase over the next few months but South Carolina has already established itself as a main player. “I”m talking to them almost every day, mostly just checking on me and seeing how things are going with me. I’m talking with them almost every day,” Tate said. “I’d fit in really well. It’s a great school. I think Coach (Frank) Martin just let’s you play. As a point guard, he lets you run the show and make the decisions.” Tate and 2020 teammate forward P.J. Hall visited West Virginia last Friday and then camped at Pitt last weekend. Those two schools along with Clemson, NC State and Virginia are some other power programs Tate is hearing from. He also has offers from South Florida, Coastal Carolina, Wofford, College of Charleston and Presbyterian. Tate plans to visit South Florida before the start of school and he plans a return trip to USC for some football games. He considers himself wide open at this point and doesn’t plan to make his decision until after next summer’s AAU season.
  7. South Carolina makes cut for another high-profile basketball recruit August 08, 2018 South Carolina has yet to land its second commitment in the 2019 class, but the Gamecocks are lining up names to remember. Quincy Guerrier, a four-star small forward from Canada, announced his final 10 candidates late Tuesday evening. The list included USC along with Syracuse, Oregon, Illinois, Creighton, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Auburn and Virginia Tech. After getting a pledge from Hartsville’s Trae Hannibal in June, South Carolina has made cuts for Charleston’s Josiah James, North Carolina’s Wendell Moore (who will visit USC in early September), New York’s Kofi Cockburn and Guerrier. Guerrier, a 6-foot-7, 190-pounder, differs from the above prospect in this way: He could help a team in the 2018-19 season. Rivals’ Corey Evans, who describes Guerrier as someone with a “college ready frame and a capable scorer from 20-feet and in,” noted Tuesday that Guerrier will “enroll following the fall semester this year. From there, Guerrier remains undecided on taking the use of a redshirt year for the spring semester. If he doesn’t, he could be primed to impact a high-major program this season during its league portion of play.” USC is at its scholarship limit of 13 for the upcoming season, but will have at least three spots available for 2019-20.
  8. Couisnard gets the green light August 08, 2018 USC basketball signee 6-4 Jermaine Couisnard of East Chicago, IN had to clear an extra academic hurdle to become eligible for this season, but he said Tuesday night he has done just that. Couisnard said the SAT people flagged his original test score, so he took the ACT July 14th and has gotten the news that he has a qualifying score. Couisnard was at USC for a week in June to help with camp but he never enrolled in school. He plans to return to Columbia later this month in time for the start of classes August 23rd.
  9. The top in-state basketball players used to come to USC. What changed? August 04, 2018 Carey Rich wore a black polo with a familiar block C logo on the left chest. He was in a conference room outside his office at the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation headquarters, where a pair of cellphones — both his — briefly stopped buzzing on the table in front of him. “I can just tell you I’m pretty lucky,” Rich said. “I have a very good life in Columbia, man. I’ve got a pretty good life. And I wouldn’t have this life if I didn’t play at the University of South Carolina. I get to work for the mayor, got him on speed dial. I have all-access to the University of South Carolina. I’m in with the politicians, I’m in with the local businessmen because I have the one thing that nobody else as a former student-athlete outside of Marcus Lattimore and George Rogers — has. “And that’s access.” Rich grew up in inner-city Columbia, won a state championship at C.A. Johnson High School and was a two-time captain while totaling the sixth-most assists in Gamecock history. He’s now the city’s recreation superintendent, a regular on local sports radio and is among Frank Martin’s closest allies. “Whether you like the South Carolina Gamecocks or not,” Rich said, “Ray Tanner, Will Muschamp, Frank Martin, Mark Kingston, Dawn Staley are commodities in this city, and I have access to them. And that’s one of the things that George Glymph and Carl Williams and those guys always tried to convey to players about the importance of playing in state. “You make relationships, you forge relationships that are sustainable, that are going to help you 20 years down the road, post-basketball.” Rich last played for USC in 1995 and feels he is still benefiting from choosing the Gamecocks after his lone season at Western Carolina. Words Glymph and Williams offered to him as a teenager have come to a reality. Glymph and Williams, legendary high school and AAU coaches in this area, were referenced by Martin at a news conference this summer when he was asked about today’s challenges of recruiting in-state talent. “When George Glymph and Carl Williams were around,” said the seventh-year USC coach, “all these in-state kids wanted to be Gamecocks. All of a sudden that changed.” Connected The 1987-88 South Carolina roster featured five in-state players. The 1997-98 South Carolina roster featured eight in-state players. The 2007-08 USC roster had six. The 2017-18 roster had one, center Jason Cudd of Socastee. Glymph (Eau Claire’s coach from 1974-96) and Williams (a state champion coach in the 1980s with A.C. Flora and in the ‘90s with Lower Richland) faced each other during the high school season, but teamed up in the summers to run an AAU team of the area’s top players. In 1987, their squad sponsored by Chick-fil-A and headlined by Stanley Roberts and Joe Rhett, won the AAU national championship. “The time we were doing it in Columbia, we had about eight high school coaches and we coached the AAU teams,” Glymph said. “The high school coaches did it. We had five teams in Columbia and we would draw to see who had the No. 1 team, No. 2 team, No. 3 team and so forth. And it was very successful. “That way, we were in charge of recruiting. It was up to the coaches, the high school coaches. It worked out really good for us.” Glymph said he never steered any player to go to a certain school, but did always remember to note: “If your parents want to see you, you have to go somewhere close. And we have three first-rate teams in the state — South Carolina, Clemson and College of Charleston.” Rhett, an all-state forward from Eau Claire, picked George Felton’s Gamecocks over finalists Georgia Tech, N.C. State, UNLV, Wake Forest and Clemson. “We were always involved with the stuff at South Carolina,” said Rhett, who went on to score 1,142 points in garnet and black. “Coach Glymph was always around and a part of trying to help build everything around South Carolina. Just seeing that he had relationships and had a lot of confidence in George Felton at that time, it definitely helped.” Rhett’s first team at USC included fellow natives Barry Manning, Jo Jo English and Michael Glover. Those Gamecocks went 19-11 and went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years. USC didn’t get back to the Big Dance until 1997. They were SEC regular-season champions then, a cast led by Irmo’s BJ McKie, Charleston’s Melvin Watson and Denmark’s Larry Davis. Twenty years later, USC went to the Final Four with Lancaster’s Sindarius Thornwell, Columbia’s P.J. Dozier and Irmo’s Justin McKie. “You see the success,” Rich said. “That’s why it’s important to be able to keep some of these players home.” What’s changed? Cudd was a member of Carolina’s 2017 recruiting class, and Hartsville’s Trae Hannibal is committed to the Gamecocks in the ’19 class. No natives signed to USC in ’18, though Spartanburg’s Zion Williamson went to Duke, Charleston’s Aaron Nesmith went to Vanderbilt and Rock Hill’s D.J. Burns went to Tennessee. All three were among the top 110 players in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite ranking. From 2013-18, the state of South Carolina had 16 players fall in 247Sports’ top 200 composite rankings in their respective classes. The Gamecocks have signed three of them. Clemson signed one. So what has changed? For starters, that Chick-fil-A team no longer exists. The state’s best players begin the trend of going elsewhere at an early age. Burns played AAU ball in Georgia. Juwan Gary, the Gray Collegiate Academy star who committed to Alabama last month, played on a Charlotte-based AAU team. “A lot of these kids play high school here because they live in the state,” Martin said, “but they don’t even play on summer basketball teams from their own state. There’s something going on at the grassroots level here when these kids are listening to people outside the state. They just trust other people.” Blast from the past The state’s 2019 class is headlined by five-star prospect Josiah James, a 6-foot-6 point guard from Porter-Gaud High School in Charleston who plays for an AAU program (Trademark Properties) that’s run by John Pearson, head coach at Porter-Gaud, and Antoine Saunders, an assistant at Charleston Collegiate School. It might be the state’s best reminder of what Glymph and Williams had going a few decades ago. “The sponsorship (with TMP) came because our sponsor was hearing some horror stories with the kids that we were dealing out there on the AAU circuit,” Saunders said. “So we started our own program. We opened the door to who wants to be coached. “But the egos are completely in check. We just want the best for our players and we want the best for South Carolina players to join us. Coach Saunders and I just enjoy doing it, we enjoy the talent coming through, we enjoy watching kids get better, we enjoy watching kids get what they want at the next level.” Both USC and Clemson are among the final nine schools in contention for James. “Those schools are important to us, no question,” Pearson said. “And it’s not just because we’re in South Carolina. Those are some quality folks at those schools. We have a great relationship. “We would never steer a kid somewhere or steer a kid away from somewhere, but they (USC and Clemson) matter to us, they’re important to our kids, to our state. And they are quality, they are good folks. “So if one of our kids joins them, good, we’ll take it.” Push needed When Thornwell, now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, announced plans for his basketball camp earlier this summer, Martin made sure to share a tweet from the Gamecock great and add, “This is the power of staying home. Continuing to impact young people and his state. There is a reason there (are) people of all ages wearing (Thornwell’s) jersey around the state.” Times are different, but when South Carolina’s best high school players become Gamecocks, life can still be pretty good. Rich was told this long ago. But words from Glymph and Williams don’t echo like they used to. “We need high school and AAU coaches to get excited about South Carolina basketball, excited about Clemson basketball,” Rich said. “We just don’t have that push from the adults that we need to have for the kids to understand the importance of playing for the in-state schools.” THE STATE
  10. Philly forward has USC offer July 31, 2018 USC has offered 6-6 Donta Scott of Philadelphia and he has taken an unofficial visit. Some of his other offers are Maryland, St. Joseph’s, La Salle, Georgetown, Connecticut, Florida and Penn State.
  11. South Carolina makes cut for five-star big man July 30, 2018 Make it three five-star basketball prospects South Carolina remains in the mix for in the 2019 class. Kofi Cockburn, an elite center from New York, has reportedly trimmed his list to 12 schools -- USC included. Cockburn, a 6-foot-11, 250-pounder, is rated by 247Sports as the No. 27 overall player in the ‘19 class. The Gamecocks, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Slater, are up against Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida State, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, St. John’s and Syracuse for Cockburn. Speaking earlier this month at Nike’s EYBL Peach Jam event in North Augusta, Cockburn said when he hears from Frank Martin, the USC coach tells him “he needs to come in as a freshman and try to win a championship for him.” Frank Martin was joined by USC assistants Chuck Martin and Bruce Shingler at the Peach Jam to watch Cockburn and others, including North Carolina’s Wendell Moore. Moore, a five-star guard, is scheduled to visit South Carolina the weekend of Sept. 8. He’s down to USC, UNC, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Duke. The Gamecocks are also in the final nine for Charleston’s Josiah James. Cockburn attended Christ the King High School in New York, but is transferring to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. USC’s history with Oak Hill products includes a commitment and notable four-year career from Sindarius Thornwell.
  12. When South Carolina’s top basketball recruits go elsewhere, how do they perform? July 28, 2018 Sindarius Thornwell won 2017 SEC Player of the Year en route to leading South Carolina to its first Final Four appearance in program history. He’s now in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers. P.J. Dozier was the second-leading scorer for the ‘17 Gamecocks. He’s now with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s organization. Both Thornwell and Dozier were big-hits last week in their return to their home state for the South Carolina Pro-Am. One’s from Lancaster and the other’s from Spring Valley High School in Columbia. Frank Martin hasn’t landed every major in-state recruit since his hire six years ago, but he’ll put the times shared by Thornwell, Dozier and Irmo’s Justin McKie at USC up against any of the top SC high school players who have recently left the state for college. “Research the six years I’ve been here,” Martin told reporters in June, “and I’m willing to put the experience that P.J. Dozier, Justin McKie, Sindarius Thornwell have had as players that came here, their experience, their playing time and their success rate and how much better they got against anyone else. Is that fair for me to say? “I’ve done it. I speak about it in recruiting in private. I’m not ready to speak about it publicly. I don’t think I ever will because that’s not fair. People got to make decisions that’s best for them. Not what’s best for me or what’s best for South Carolina Sixteen South Carolina high school players have made the top 200 of 247Sports’ Composite rankings from 2013-18, not including McKie, who was the state’s Mr. Basketball in 2013. Here’s a look at which school they chose and how they’ve done. 2013 Player (hometown): Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster) Rank in 247 composite: 30 College: South Carolina College notes: 2017 SEC Player of Year; School’s all-time leader in starts and minutes, third in scoring Where is he now? NBA; Los Angeles Clippers 2014 Player (hometown): L.J. Peak (Gaffney) Rank: 65 College: Georgetown College notes: 2015 Big East All-Rookie Team; Averaged 12.1 points for his career Where is he now? NBA G League; Boston Celtics organization --------------------------- Player (hometown): Marcus Stroman (Columbia) Rank: 151 College: South Carolina College notes: Transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette; Averaged 6.8 points per game last season Where is he now? Rising senior at ULL 2015 Player (hometown): P.J. Dozier (Columbia) Rank: 25 College: South Carolina College notes: Second-leading scorer on 2017 Final Four team; Averaged 10.4 points for his career Where is he now? NBA G League; Oklahoma City Thunder organization --------------------------- Player (hometown): Tevin Mack (Columbia) Rank: 57 College: Texas College notes: Transferred to Alabama; Averaged 8.1 points at Texas Where is he now? Eligible for first season at Alabama in 2018-19 2016 Player (hometown): De’Riante Jenkins (started HS career in Santee, but moved to Orlando, Fla.) Rank: 43 College: VCU College notes: Finished last season second on team in scoring; Averaging 9.7 points in career Where is he now? Rising junior at VCU --------------------------- Player (hometown): Seventh Woods (Columbia) Rank: 48 College: North Carolina College notes: Appeared in 40 games as freshman, but missed 17 last season due to injury; Averaging 1.4 points in career Where is he now? Rising junior at UNC --------------------------- Player (hometown): Jordan Bruner (Columbia) Rank: 193 College: Yale College notes: Second in Ivy League with 55 blocks as a freshman; Missed last season with injury Where is he now? Rising redshirt sophomore at Yale
  13. Can USC recruit in-state basketball talent? The results are perpetually under scrutiny July 28, 2018 Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier. Score two for the Gamecocks. Seventh Woods and Zion Williamson. Those two got away. In-state basketball recruiting and South Carolina’s success at it has been a topic of great debate for decades. As USC coach Frank Martin entered the discussion six years ago, so did an injection of local talent. He’s landed a few Gamecocks on the SC trail, but he’s seen others keep alive a tradition of finding more established paths elsewhere. The Palmetto State is in the recruiting spotlight again with a group of renowned Class of 2019 and 2020 prospects on USC’s radar. Expect the debate to continue. In March 2017, the Gamecocks, carried by two in-state stars, made the Final Four for the first time in school history. Ten months later, Williamson, arguably the state’s greatest high school player ever, chose Duke over USC, Clemson and others. Earlier this month, Gray Collegiate Academy standout Juwan Gary committed to Alabama, leading to a message board discussion on TheBigSpur.com that was titled “Stop wasting time on in-state guys.” Martin, never shy with a platform, has been outspoken in defending Carolina’s efforts with in-state prospects. “I’m willing to put this on the table,” Martin said in June. “I’ve watched every one of those kids that made decisions to go somewhere else. I’ve watched them more than every other head coach in the country. They didn’t come. It is what it is. It doesn’t mean we can’t win. We still went to a Final Four. We’ve had four consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the ‘70s.” Martin isn’t the first USC coach to fight these battles. He won’t be the last. When Frank McGuire strung together the most decorated of his 14 straight winning seasons from 1966-80, he was powered by players from New York. Martin’s Final Four team had Lancaster’s Thornwell and Columbia’s Dozier, but also six international players. At South Carolina, how much importance should be put on in-state recruiting? Where have the Gamecocks missed locally in the past, and how has that impacted the current state of the program? What has Martin done in his six years to target homegrown talent? “I’ve said this from the day I got here,” Martin said. “Recruiting this state is very important to me.”
  14. Gamecocks making early move with DC forward JULY 26, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK USC was a recent offer for 2020 6-6 Terrance Williams of Washington, DC and he has definite interest in the Gamecocks. Some of his other offers are Marquette, Baylor, Georgetown, Illinois, Xavier, Texas A&M, NC State, Virginia Tech and Northwestern. “I really like South Carolina and they are in the mix for me as an option to go to school,” Williams said. “I like the way Frank Martin coaches and I feel like he and all the other coaches can help me get to the next level there.” USC assistant coach Bruce Shingler, who has strong ties to the DC basketball scene, is the front man for Martin in recruiting Wiiliams. Shingler was one of his coaches at a younger age. “Me and him have a good relationship and he has been showing interest from the beginning, but after Peach Jam the offer finally came and he was excited that now since the offer came I can actually consider going to that school.” Obviously, Shingler knows Williams’ game well and has expressed to him how he would be a good fit with what they do. “He thinks I can be versatile there and come in and play multiple positions from the three and four,” he said. “He likes that I can rebound and start the break myself and that I can stretch the floor out with my shooting ability.” Williams averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds per game last season. At this early stage of his recruiting, he said he does not have favorites.
  15. ATH; Frank Martin offers DC forward July 18, 2018 USC offered 2020 6-6 Terrance Williams of Washington, DC according to the Washington Post. Some other offers are Virginia Tech, Georgetown, DePaul and NC State.
  16. Five-star big man from Gamecock pipeline has USC, Frank Martin’s attention July 14, 2018 NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. Kofi Cockburn drove baseline – and then on to the Internet. There might be more highly-rated players at the 2018 Nike EYBL Peach Jam, but there’s few as literally big as the 6-foot-11, 250-pound Cockburn. When the center from New York finished a wrap-around dunk over a couple defenders Thursday morning, Court 4 at the Riverview Park Activities Center went into a frenzy. Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/article214891980.html#storylink=https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/101748556303170https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/10https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/1017485563031703554174855630317035543554cpy When the slam hit Twitter, the shares began to flow. Count South Carolina coach Frank Martin among those who saw it and tapped the retweet button. The Gamecocks have been represented here this week by Martin and his assistants Chuck Martin and Bruce Shingler. That’s three sets of eyes, barely enough to cover a physical specimen such as Cockburn. But they’re on to him. “He’s told me that I’m somebody he needs to come in as a freshman,” Cockburn said Friday of Frank Martin, “and try to win a championship for him.” Cockburn, a five-star prospect ranked by Rivals as the No. 24 player in the 2019 class, powered his way through double and triple teams to score 19 points, pulled down nine rebounds and record three blocks to lead his NY Renaissance to a come-from-behind win Friday morning. The attention he draws on the court – “I don’t really see those,” he said of 1-on-1 opportunities – is similar to what he’s receiving on the recruiting trail. Cockburn, who holds scholarship offers from the likes of Connecticut, Syracuse, Kansas and St. John’s, is planning on cutting his list to 12 after Peach Jam. He took unofficial visits to UConn and St. John’s last month. He plans to visit Kansas and Kentucky soon. Martin has a history of bringing players to Columbia from the New York area, including current roster members Chris Silva, Justin Minaya and Alanzo Frink. Cockburn’s Christ the King High School won the consolation championship of the 2016 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach. Asked what’s important to him in choosing a school, Cockburn noted having a leadership role, being in a good environment and being in a position to “win championships. Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/article214891980.html#storylink=cpy
  17. ‘Did not see this coming’: How Alabama edged South Carolina for Juwan Gary July 14, 2018 With an open floor ahead of him, Juwan Gary seized the opportunity. His two-handed dunk not only put the exclamation point on his team’s win Friday morning at Peach Jam, it was done with a certain spectator nearby. Avery Johnson sat courtside for Gary and Team United’s 82-66 win over Houston Hoops. He was watching a player who was about to become his own. Shortly after Gary, a rising senior at Gray Collegiate, announced his pledge to Johnson and Alabama, the Crimson Tide coach essentially confirmed it with a tweet of celebratory emojis. Johnson was some 70 miles from Columbia, a place, according to Gary, where he won’t make a home visit with the four-star recruit until August. Frank Martin and the hometown South Carolina Gamecocks were long considered the favorite for Gary. He was offered by USC on Jan. 19. Connecticut and Wake Forest did the same earlier that week, joining the likes of Clemson, Florida, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, UNLV, Georgia and Maryland. It took until the spring for Alabama to emerge as a prominent contender. “No sir,” Gary said Friday, “I did not see this (Alabama commitment) coming.” A visit to Tuscaloosa came in June. That was a big factor in the Tide gaining traction, noted Gray Collegiate coach Dion Bethea. “I think it was an eye opener,” Bethea said. “He felt real comfortable with coach Avery Johnson and family with him.” Gary said the visit “felt like home.” Alabama’s pitch was Johnson’s NBA background — see 16 years as a point guard for six teams, including a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, and as a head coach for two teams, including a NBA Finals trip with the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 — and how Gary could be developed to the next level. “He can coach you as a pro,” Gary said Thursday. “He coached Collin Sexton as a pro. I can see him being a very good coach for me.” Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/sports/high-school/article214853250.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/sports/high-school/article214853250.html#storylinhttps://twitter.com/CoachAvery6/status/10178200384038871https://twitter.com/CoachAvery6/status/1017820038403887https://twitter.com/CoachAvery6/status/10178200384038871https://twitter.com/CoachAvery6/status/10178200384038871060610606k=cpy
  18. Gray Collegiate standout Juwan Gary picks Crimson Tide over hometown USC July 13, 2018 Juwan Gary will play his college basketball career in the Southeastern Conference, but it won’t be with South Carolina Gamecocks. Gary committed to play for Alabama on Friday at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. The Gray Collegiate forward picked the Crimson Tide over in-state schools South Carolina and Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Gary said his parents joined him at Peach Jam on Thursday. It was then, he said, when they discussed the final details to his decision. He credited Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson for his choice. “I think coach Avery will push me to be the best player I can be, make me a pro,” Gary said. “So I’m going to take my talent to Alabama.” Gary is the Tide’s second commit for the 2019 class joining Diante Smith. He visited Alabama back in June and came away impressed. “Their style of play fits me very well,” Gary said. “Their style of play is fast, they get out and run in transition, but at the same time they have to play defense. But coach Avery Johnson he likes to go out in more transition plays, got out there and get the ball, rebound and push it.” Gary will be the second Midlands’ player on the Crimson Tide roster. Former Dreher standout Tevin Mack transferred to Alabama from Texas and has two years of eligibility left. “I’ve been in South Carolina for all my life,” Gary said. “But going out of state, playing for a different coach, different environment, it will be a good fit for me. I won’t have distractions up there, but at the same time I got Tevin Mack up there, one player from South Carolina. “So me and him are going to go at it every day in practice. So I just know I got somebody up there to watch my back, watch over me like a little bro.”
  19. From Argentina to North Augusta, 5-star basketball player is seeing USC, Frank Martin July 12, 2018 NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. As the 2018 Nike EYBL Peach Jam was moments from tipping off Wednesday, a prominent face to South Carolina basketball fans was fully settled into a courtside seat. Frank Martin’s phone was in his hand, but his eyes were on a prized recruit near the center circle. The USC head coach, with assistant Bruce Shingler to his left, was watching Wendell Moore. The five-star prospect from Concord, North Carolina, is here competing with his AAU team, CP3. He’ll be in Columbia on the weekend of Sept. 8 for an official visit with the Gamecocks. The timing of the trip, of course, means he’ll likely be at Williams-Brice Stadium for South Carolina’s football showdown with Georgia. “They said it’s going to be a big game for them,” Moore said Thursday, “so I said, ‘Why not?’” Moore is a 6-foot-6 guard who has totaled 21 points, five assists and seven rebounds through two games here. Martin and Shingler watched again Thursday morning as CP3 rolled NY Renaissance, 70-56. The sideline was also filled by the likes of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Wake Forest’s Danny Manning and N.C. State’s Kevin Keatts. Moore is scheduled to visit his five finalists in the coming months. He plans to be in Raleigh on Sept. 1, then Columbia, then Durham on Sept. 22, Winston-Salem on Sept. 29 and, as he revealed to reporters Friday, Chapel Hill on Oct. 12-14. As for when a final decision could come? “I’m going to take my time with it,” Moore said. “If I’m able to get it early fall, before high school season, it’s possible. ... Definitely before high school (season) is over.” Moore, representing the United States, was part of the gold medal team at the under-17 FIBA World Cup in Argentina. Martin was there, too. “Duke, South Carolina,” Moore said. “I think that might be all I saw.”
  20. Juwan Gary focused on games, not decision JULY 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK 6-6 Juwan Gary of Gray Collegiate plans to announce his college decision this week as he competes with Team United at the Peach Jam in North Augusta. 6-6 Josiah James of Porter Gaud is playing with his TMP team of Charleston this week in Atlanta and will be there thru Saturday. Then there are trips to Greensboro, NC and Orlando to wrap up his summer ball travel. In August, he will schedule his official visits and start to take them. Porter Gaud coach and TMP co-coach John Pearson has walked step by step with James thru the tedious recruiting process. James has released a final nine of USC, Clemson, Kansas, Michigan State, Duke, Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida State and Pearson said he wanted to get that done before hitting this final stretch of games. “He did seem pretty relieved once he came up with his list and now it’s known. It seems like he really was relieved and that’s probably so he can put some of that stuff aside and just enjoy himself the next couple of weeks,” Pearson said. “He’s always been like that. He just loves playing. He doesn’t want to mix in the business part of that. He just wants to play and win as many games as he can and he really has always been like that.” James’ list is a mixture of the two power conference in-state schools, some blue-blood programs and some of the recent climbers in college basketball. Pearson said he doesn’t necessarily see a common thread among the nine. “I just know that he narrowed it to obviously who he had an interest in and he wants to explore it a little bit further and he just didn’t want to string people along if he kind of knew that he was going to make a different. He just decided to make sure that folks knew,” Pearson said. “When we finally sat down and we talked about it, he let me know what he was thinking and these teams did not surprise me at all who he chose. It was right on line with what he was thinking.” The Gamecocks and Tigers have been with James on the recruiting trail from the start and will have coaches with him on each stop the rest of this month. It remains if one will be successful at keeping him in state but Pearson said James has appreciated their efforts. “I know it’s the way he’s being recruited by both schools. He enjoys it,” he said. “Both schools are quality and both schools’ coaching staffs are quality and they’ve really shown him how much he means to their program. I definitely know that’s why those two schools are in the mix.” Pearson said James has not said if he will narrow his list to a final five for official visits but he has told him some unofficial visits could also be scheduled to give him a chance to see more than just five schools.
  21. Josiah James recruited Trae Hannibal to his AAU team. Can Hannibal help James to USC? July 10, 2018 CHARLESTON Trae Hannibal, slumped into a bleacher seat at James Island Charter High School, casually yelled out to the most high-profile teammate of his basketball career. “Hey Josiah,” he said, “Spurs Up.” Josiah James caught eyes with Hannibal, grinned and held out a pinky and thumb. Around his wrist sat a garnet band. “Spurs Up,” James replied. Over the next couple hours, James and Hannibal shared more than laughs with one another. There were no-look passes, set-ups for mid-range jumpers and corner traps. They created dunk opportunities, open shots and steals. It was a Saturday afternoon in July and a pair of Division I-bound guards were representing their AAU team during a friendly exhibition. One, Hannibal, is committed to becoming a South Carolina Gamecock starting in 2019-20. The other is considering USC — along with the likes of Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Clemson. It’s a thriving relationship that could have a big impact on the future of Carolina’s program. “He’s a great teammate,” James said. “I know he’s a USC commit, I could definitely see us playing together at the next level. That’s somebody I would want to play with at the next level.” James is a 6-foot-6 point guard with a five-star rating who helped the United States capture gold last month in the FIBA under-18 Americas championships in Canada. The Charleston native has long been part of TMP, his hometown AAU program. Hannibal used to play for the Carolina Wolves on the AAU circuit. His reason for switching to TMP? James. “He wanted me to come play with him early in April, that first live period, and I told him I had to talk it out with my parents,” said Hartsville’s Hannibal, who pledged to the Gamecocks on June 1. “After I did that, he was still begging me to come play with him. So I was like, ‘I’m going to give it a shot.’” James has admired Hannibal since the two squared off against each other last summer at a team camp at Coastal Carolina. James, then a rising junior at Porter-Gaud, thought Hartsville’s best player was already a senior. THE STATE
  22. What’s next for Juwan Gary? JULY 10, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Juwan Gary 6-6 Juwan Gary of Gray Collegiate will announce his college decision this week. He is choosing from USC, Clemson, Alabama, Virginia Tech and NC State. As of now, we don’t know the when and the how regarding the announcement. But we should know that soon. “He’s going to talk with his mom and I guess they’re going to come up with a day by Wednesday to kind of let everybody know,” said Gary’s coach Dion Bethea who talked with him Monday. “Everybody just wants to make sure it’s right. Not the decision, just trying to get everything together. It’s you’re day and they want to make sure it’s good for you.” One of the twists to the announcement planning is that Gary’s AAU squad, Team United, will be involved in the Peach Jam in North Augusta starting Wednesday and running thru the championship game on Sunday. So, the announcement will have to be worked around that. But first, a decision must be made. “I still think it’s up in the air,” Bethea said. “I just think he and his family are trying to make sure that wherever it is, it’s going to be a great fit. I think it’s (deciding factors) going to be the way they play and, of course, playing opportunity because he wants to definitely go somewhere where he can make an impact.” Gary visited Alabama in early June and Avery Johnson made a big impact with his NBA background and overall personality. He said then he also liked the Crimson Tide’s style of play. But the USC and Clemson staffs have also had ample opportunities to impress Gary. “South Carolina has been on him for four years now,” Bethea said. “They have four years of evaluating him. And I don’t want to leave Clemson out. Steve Smith, he has done a great job. Frank and his staff have been doing a great job and definitely Steve Smith.” Gary is one of the jewels of the 2019 class in South Carolina which also includes 6-6 Josiah James of Porter Gaud, 6-7 Christian Brown of Lower Richland, 6-11 Malcolm Wilson of Ridge View and USC commitment 6-2 Trae Hannibal of Hartsville.
  23. Top in-state hoops prospect, USC target to make commitment much earlier than expected July 08, 2018 Juwan Gary’s college commitment will be coming sooner than expected. The Gray Collegiate forward posted Saturday on his Instagram that he will be announcing his college choice this week. Gray Collegiate coach Dion Bethea confirmed that Gary would commit this week, but Bethea wasn't sure what day it would happen. Gary previously said that his college choice would come Nov. 15 on his mother’s birthday. In May, Gary announced his final five schools were South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, Alabama and Virginia Tech. 247Sports ranks Gary as four-star prospect and 51stnationally. Gary plays AAU basketball for Team United (NC) and will be playing in this week’s Peach Jam in North Augusta beginning Wednesday. It’s unclear if his decision will come before, during or after Peach Jam. As a junior, Gary had his best season in helping Gray Collegiate to its first Class 2A state championship. The forward averaged 20.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals and was named the Class 2A Player of the Year.
  24. 6-6 Josiah James of Porter-Gaud Saturday night released a final 9 July 08, 2018 6-6 Josiah James of Porter-Gaud Saturday night released a final 9 of USC, Clemson, Kansas, Michigan State, Virginia, Duke, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida State. Look for officials starting in August.
  25. August will be key recruiting month for Josiah James JULY 2, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Josiah James (Photo by Bart Young/USAB) There’s another James making news in the basketball world. He’s not going to make millions by going to the Lakers, but he’s going to make a rich head coach very happy with his decision this fall. 6-6 Josiah James won a gold medal with the USA U18 team in Canada last month. Back home in Charleston now, the Porter Gaud star is working on shortening his list to five for official visits. “I told him to let’s get in touch with some of those folks that you know you’re not going to go,” Porter Gaud head coach John Pearson said. “I know he’s dwindling it down but he has not made any specific plans to visit anybody officially yet. He’s still wide open as far as that is concerned.” USC and Clemson have, of course, made James a priority. The two coaching staffs have been tireless in their recruiting work with James. “We all think they’ve done a better than normal job of getting to know the families and important people and I think that’s big for him,” Pearson said. “I’m pretty sure those visits are going to happen with Clemson and Carolina. The in-state schools, he sort of has an affinity for that because it’s close and it’s people he should know and all that good stuff. I think they remain high on his list of priorities.” But of course, there are others involved, especially some of the blue-blood type. “I’m just going to just sort of guess, he’s probably seriously looking at Duke and Michigan State. Nothing has been planned though,” Pearson said. “I’m not exactly sure what is on the table right now but I know he loves Virginia Tech, he loves Tennessee. He’s going to have a tough decision to narrow it down.” Pearson said those schools he mentioned do not constitute a final list for James as he has several others on his mind including Kansas which recently offered. And more could jump in given North Carolina and Kentucky have not yet offered. Pearson said James will soon be lining up his official visits which he plans to take in August. Right now he plans to sign in November.

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