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  1. ByJohn Del Bianco 3 hours ago 247Sports updated its Top247 basketball rankings for the Class of 2021, extending its list from 25 to 60 players that just finished their sophomores seasons. In the state of South Carolina there are two players listed and both have had some form of contact with the Gamecocks coaching staff and have been on campus dating back to last fall. John Butler (Greenville, SC/Christ Church) makes his first appearance in solely the 247Sports ranking, coming in as the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 7 center. The 6-11 prospect is ranked the No. 40 overall recruit, No. 4 center and top player in the state by 247Sports Composite. He currently holds six offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Baylor, DePaul and Saint Louis. The son of former Gamecocks women’s basketball player Casie Key, Butler visited the Gamecocks basketball program in the fall. "We’re building a real good relationship,” Butler said of he and head coach Frank Martin. “He lets me come in and watch practices. We went to the [Georgia] football game together. We got to talking about the program. I really enjoyed it and I know my parents really enjoyed it, a flashback for them. It was nice.” Unveiling the initial Top 60 for 2021 basketball rankings | CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2021 RANKINGS Korey Richardson (Hopkins, S.C./Lower Richland) is the second Palmetto State prospect that makes 247Sports list, coming in at No. 36 overall. He’s ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard. This is the 6-foot-3 prospect's first ranking by any recruiting service. Richardson recruiting profile does not list any offers, but his first visit was with the Gamecocks back in late December. Richardson told Brian Snow of 247Sports he has received interest from Iowa State, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Wichita State and USC Upstate. Of note, none of the 60 prospects in the Top247 have committed to a school.
  2. Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASKETBALL With the news yesterday of South Carolina being left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT, it means the careers of Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett and Tre Campbell are over at South Carolina are over. Those three will all explore options in professional basketball but won't suit up for South Carolina again. Campbell leaves after just one season as a graduate transfer but for Silva and Gravett, that duo is one of the more decorated in Gamecock history. Now that their careers are over, the two longest-tenured seniors in Silva and Gravett on the team opened up about some of their career highlights, their favorite teammates and which opposing players they hated going against. Also see: Latest scoop on a few high-profile targets Favorite game Silva: “Probably the Duke one or Kentucky (games). Those are the two that always stick in my head. Duke because ESPN had us with a two percent chance of winning that game. That got us fired up. In the first half of the game we couldn’t make shots but the defense was tough and we were still in the game. in the locker room the coaches and players were talking and we walked out confident that we could get this thing done. It was a crazy game.” Gravett: “Probably when I dropped my career high against Florida in a road game, SEC opener. It was real fun. Bloomin’ Onion.” Favorite teammate(s) Silva: “There were a whole bunch of friends that turned into family. I can’t think of one. if I had to chose, we were all tight but PJ (Dozier) and John (Ragin) were with me every day and always doing something with me.” Gravett: “Probably Chris. That’s my senior brother. We’ve bene through it together. I’d known Chris before I got here. We didn’t have a relationship but I knew of him from different AAU tournaments.” Also see: Georgia's head coach shares his thoughts on a "really scary" Gamecock team Hardest player to compete against Silva: “Probably Grant (Williams) and (Robert) Williams from Texas A&M; probably those two. Yante Maten was tough too; I’m not going to lie. He was tough. He was the guy when I was facing him I knew it was going to be a battle and a good game.” Gravett: “I don’t know if I want to answer that. Tremont was probably the most difficult person I guard. But I plan on taking my game past this year. Maybe I’ll meet up with him again in the tournament. You never know.” “I did well against (Fletcher Magee). I was happy he wasn’t able to get the catches or the shots he wanted. He was a big-time shooter.” Also see: Gamecocks impress local hoops prospect The two were major factors in South Carolina's 2017 Final Four run with Silva starting in the Gamecocks' front court with Gravett playing a big role off the bench behind Sindarius Thornwell, PJ Dozier and Duane Notice. They blossomed into their own players over their careers with Silva earning All-SEC honors his last two years on campus, including being named Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Gravett, after a rough junior year, had a senior year to remember shooting over 40 percent from three and earning SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors.
  3. Senior Rooster

    ROSTER FOR 2019/20

  4. By David Cloninger dcloninger@postandcourier.com Mar 14, 2019 Updated 15 hrs ago COLUMBIA — They win Sunday, they’re in the NCAA tournament. But South Carolina may have to at least get to Sunday’s championship game of the SEC tournament to feel really solid about playing in any postseason event. While NIT “bracketology” (a fuzzy projection at best) has the Gamecocks solidly in as a No. 4 seed, the Gamecocks’ overall record is concerning. At 16-15, they’re in line with a couple of historical markers. Since the NCAA took over the NIT in 2007, it dropped the rule of having to be a game over .500 to participate. But also since then, it’s only taken a team that finished .500 once. North Carolina, 16-16 after the 2010 ACC tournament, was selected for the NIT. Otherwise, the NIT has mostly hovered around 17-15 or 16-14 as its cutoff. If the Gamecocks don’t win a game in the SEC tournament they’ll be 16-16, just as the Tar Heels were nine years ago. Unlike UNC then, the Gamecocks didn’t win the national championship the year before. USC didn’t make the NIT last year after finishing 17-16, in part because the tournament gives automatic berths to all regular-season champions that don’t win their conference tournaments and aren’t picked for the NCAAs. Twelve of the 32 NIT slots were taken before the Gamecocks even got to the table. This year is shaping up the same way. There are already eight slots taken due to upsets — Lipscomb, Campbell, Hofstra, Wright State, Loyola Chicago, St. Francis (Penn.), South Dakota State and Belmont — with 15 mid-major tournaments left to play. While Belmont might still squeak into the NCAA tournament, it’s a pick-’em for other bubble teams. Gonzaga didn’t win the West Coast tournament, but was going to the NCAAs anyway. That means there had to be room made for WCC champ St. Mary’s, which pushed another NCAA bubble team into the NIT. Clemson is likely out of the NCAA picture after losing in the first round of the ACC tournament, which probably puts it in the NIT and takes away another spot. As the expression says, it flows downhill, and without a strong performance in Nashville this weekend, the Gamecocks may be up to their ankles in the overflow. The Gamecocks’ sole focus is to win and keep winning. Frank Martin is 5-6 in the SEC tournament, going 1-1 last year, and hopes to at least reach Saturday’s semifinals since the Gamecocks haven’t yet gotten there during his tenure. “You got to play three games in three days, and it’s three hard games. The regular season is about coaches and players trying to figure out who we are as a team. And it’s a constant fight, every day,” Martin said. “Postseason’s about the players. It’s no longer about my wishes or my desires or who can my team become.” The Gamecocks haven’t reached the semifinals since 2006, which was the end of an 11-year stretch when they reached the semis six times. USC has twice reached the championship game (1998 and 2006) and lost by 30 points the first time and by two the second. USC did all it could to give itself the easiest path toward winning three games in three days, earning the fourth seed for the double-bye and in the same bracket as regular-season champ LSU. Playing the No. 1 seed Tigers is no picnic, but there’s also no telling where LSU’s head is following the suspension of coach Will Wade. “Around this time of the year, everybody’s tired,” SEC Sixth Man of the Year Hassani Gravett said. “For us, it feels really, really good to have these days off and have that extra energy boost we’ll have with the double-bye.” Saturday would be a first for Martin’s Gamecocks. Sunday would likely cement a postseason berth. Win 40 minutes Sunday and the NIT can have whoever it would like, since the Gamecocks will be headed elsewhere. Lawson healing Freshman A.J. Lawson, who has missed the last three games after severely spraining his ankle against Alabama, should be ready to play Friday. “I feel like I’ve been healing very quickly,” Lawson said Tuesday. “I’m trying to get on the court as much as I can, do more things, and as the day goes on, see how it goes.” Lawson has to get his conditioning back after missing so much time, but as Martin said following the regular-season finale, Lawson probably could have played then. It will depend on his pain tolerance and his ability to run the floor.
  5. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Before he gets honored as an SEC Legend at the SEC Tournament, Carlos Powell got back to being a member of the South Carolina men’s basketball team. The former Gamecocks standout put on a practice jersey to serve as another body for head coach Frank Martin to use in Thursday’s morning practice at Memorial Gym on the campus of Vanderbilt University. In the below tweet sent out by the Gamecocks, Powell is pictured standing in front wearing the gray No. 30 jersey. Without a full roster of healthy bodies, Martin smiled when asked about Powell’s participation. “He looked good. Carlos is always around," Martin said. "Anytime he’s not overseas, and I think he just retired and wants to coach as a profession, for the last seven years anytime he’s home he is always in there working out. He’s a workout fiend. I used to love watching him play. It was great. It’s one of the great things of where I coach at, that there are guys like that around all the time. They have taken pride in what we do and it just worked out that he was here for being honored as a legend. You guys have heard the story, we’re down bodies. We had to do some up and down stuff and having him in there was real good." Powell, a Florence native, has been all around the world as a professional basketball player. He was the Venezuelan professional league's MVP in 2017, but has also played in countries like Portugal, Ukraine, China, Iran, Israel, Korea and Argentina. No. 4 seed South Carolina faces No. 5 seed Auburn on Saturday afternoon on ESPN. Tip is scheduled to be 25 minutes after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. contest between No. 1 seed LSU and No. 8 seed Florida. From USC Athletics Communications and Public Relations Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points (8th all-time). He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood.
  6. Chris Clark • GamecockCentral.com @GCChrisClark South Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin expects standout freshman guard AJ Lawson to play against Auburn in the SEC Tournament, he told media on Thursday evening. Lawson would come off the bench if he indeed suits up against the Tigers, Martin said. The staff is unsure as to how many minutes Lawson will play on Friday, with Martin saying it would depend on how the game unfolds. Lawson's minutes limitation will be based more on his conditioning than his ankle, according to the Gamecocks' head man. The Gamecocks, after earning a double bye for the tournament, will play Auburn on Friday at approximately 3:30 ET. Earlier in the week, Lawson was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team. He's averaging nearly 14 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game this season.
  7. Puts them out according to bracketology. Don't you hate it when that happens
  8. Bracket Set For 2019 SEC Tournament Men's Basketball | 3/10/2019 Story Links PRINTABLE BRACKET (PDF) COLUMBIA, S.C. - The bracket is set for the 2019 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, which will be held next week, Wed., March 13-Sun., March 17, in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. Top-seeded LSU (16-2), No. 2 seed Kentucky (15-3), No. 3 Tennessee (15-3) and No. 4 South Carolina (11-7) have received double-byes in next week's event (MORE)
  9. Senior Rooster

    GameCocks Make Dance?

    Gamecock Nation Today Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1. MBB: What are the Gamecocks chances of making the Dance? 🏀❔❓ In Tuesday's edition of Gamecock Nation Today, Chris Clark detailed some of the reasons that South Carolina's men's basketball team should be on the bubble for this month's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Today, we use our friends at TeamRankings.com again to determine the Gamecocks actual chances of making the Big Dance. As a reminder, in their own words, TeamRankings simulates the entire college basketball season every single day in order to deliver intelligent, up-to-date, algorithmically derived odds for thousands of future college basketball outcomes and thus the percentages of each team to make the tournament. The site gives the Gamecocks an 8.4 percent chance of making the tournament currently. Let's look at the possible scenarios for the rest of the season and how it changes the numbers. As the 4-seed in the SEC Tournament, South Carolina will play Auburn (5), Missouri (12) or Georgia (13) on Friday with tipoff coming at approximately 3:20 p.m., depending on the length of the game before it. Given the way those three teams have played, Auburn is by far the most likely opponent. But even a win in Carolina's first game of the SECT increases the chances of making the dance to just 11.8 percent. A loss, and it dips to 2.1 percent, virtually guaranteeing no NCAA Tournament. A win would set up a matchup with LSU, Florida or Arkansas on Saturday at 1 p.m. Should the Gamecocks face LSU, that would give them another opportunity for a marque win, as the Tigers are currently 14th in the NET rankings and the top seed in the SEC Tournament. With a win on Saturday, the Gamecocks chances of making the tournament jump to 51.8 percent, or essentially a coin flip, with variables such as the outcome of other tournaments involving bubble teams and what factors the committee ultimately values, determining if the Gamecocks are in or not. Sunday's championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN. The simplest and only way for the Gamecocks to guarantee a spot in the tournament is to win three straight games and take home the SEC Tournament crown, thus locking up an automatic bid and a 100 percent chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Latest on Lawson The possibility of the Gamecocks getting freshman guard A.J. Lawson back for the SEC Tournament appears to be on the rise. Head coach Frank Martin gave the latest on Tuesday on his SEC All-Freshman standout, who is still rehabbing the sprained ankle he suffered against Alabama. On Tuesday, Lawson did some running with the team. On Wednesday, he'll add more team drills to his regimen. Then on Thursday, they'll turn him loose for a full practice and see how the ankle responds. They'll make a decision following that workout. Lawson didn't play Saturday against Georgia, but Martin said earlier this week that the freshman could have likely played in an emergency situation. In Lawson's words: "I feel like I've been healing very quickly. I feel like I'm getting better day by day and I'm just thankful. I'm just trying to get on the court as much as I can and do more things. Right now I’m just taking it day-by-day and getting better and better. When I get on the court I want to show my best and be 100 percent to help my team out." Trio of Gamecocks earn SEC postseason honors – Chris Silva raked in the awards Tuesday, earning first-team nods and all-defensive team selection, while Hassani Gravett is the conference's sixth man of the year, and A.J. Lawson is one of eight first-year players named to the SEC All-Freshman team. (link) Barnes: Gamecocks are a 'NCAA-worthy team' – USC starts an important stretch of the season this week, needing a strong conference tournament to elevate itself into the bubble conversation before Selection Sunday. But to some SEC coaches, the Gamecocks have already done enough to work their way into a tournament spot. (subscription) – Wes Mitchell (email)
  10. USA Today: USC’s Frank Martin among the 25 highest paid coaches in the country March 13, 2019 South Carolina has a reputation as a school where basketball takes a backseat to football. If men’s basketball coach Frank Martin’s salary is any indication, that’s not exactly true. According to USA Today’s annual database, Martin’s salary of $2.95 million a year ranks 22nd in the the country. The seventh-year head man has his team at 16-15 heading into the SEC tournament, off a season with a brutal schedule and rash of injuries. Martin comes in fifth in the SEC behind Kentucky’s John Calipari ($9.28 million, 1st overall), Tennessee’s Rick Barnes ($3.25 million, 14th), Georiga’s Tom Crean ($3.2 million, 16th) and Alabama’s Avery Johnson ($3.06 million, 19th). Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is the only coach beside Calipari above $5 million at $7.04 million. The data also shows Martin earned $60,000 in bonuses last season, and his $12.6 million buyout after the season is 15th nationally. Martin has made the NCAA Tournament only once in his seven seasons, but he led the Gamecocks to the first Final Four in program history. That team won the program’s first tournament game since 1972. To make the tournament again, South Carolina will almost assuredly have to win the SEC auto-bid, as some bad losses offset some big wins on USC’s schedule.
  11. LAWSON possible for SEC Tourney! The latest with AJ Lawson Collyn Taylor • GamecockCentral.com @collynptaylor SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASKETBALL Right now, the jury is still out on if AJ Lawson will play this week in the SEC Tournament, but Frank Martin is encouraged by what he's seen from the Gamecocks' freshman entering this week. Lawson, who's missed the last three games with a severe ankle sprain, is rehabbing well and pushing the coaching staff to come back sooner rather than later. Chris Gillespie "If it was up to him, he would have played on Saturday. When you have a young man that's battling some form of an injury and he's so determined to get on the court, it makes you optimistic as a coach," Martin said. "He's extremely, extremely excited about getting on the court. We had to back him off the court Saturday so he understands this coming week it's better to get him at 100 percent than 75 or 80 percent. Is he going to be 100 percent this weekend? I don't know. The decision whether or not he'll play will be made later in the week." Also see: In-state hoops product loves in-depth visit The team's freshman missed Saturday's regular season finale but postgame Martin said he could have probably given the Gamecocks (16-15, 11-7 SEC) five or six minutes in an emergency. The coaching staff held him out but now Lawson has almost a week before the team's first tournament game to rest and get ready to potentially play in the quarterfinals. They won't play until the early afternoon Friday after clinching a double bye in the conference tournament, so Lawson has a lot of time to rest heading into this weekend. Along with Lawson, Martin is giving his entire team a chance to rest up at the beginning of the week before starting preparations Wednesday for one of three potential teams they'll play in Auburn, Georgia or Missouri. Also see: Florida DB has Gamecocks on his radar "Yesterday and today we're doing absolutely nothing. They're on spring break so it gives them two whole days where they don't have to get out of bed to go to class, to be stressed out with 100 different things. There's no one on campus so they get to relax. They're coming into see the trainer and doing a lot of work to help their bodies heal. Then mentally, it's kind of catching their breath for a second. We'll regroup on Tuesday, we'll get in a lift, watch some film and start doing some on-court stuff. I ratchet up on Wednesday and on Thursday start game prep. You really don't know who you're playing against and I'm not big on preparing for two different teams but it's three possible opponents we've played. it's a matter of really, really cleaning up what we do and having fresh legs and fresh spirits." The Gamecocks clinched a double bye for the third time in four years and went 2-1 down the stretch without Lawson on the court. If he returns, it'd be a big boost for a Gamecock team that's missed his length and athleticism in the backcourt. Lawson is averaging 13.9 points in his freshman season but Martin's going to be confident with whoever he puts on the court. "We're optimistic with or without AJ Lawson," he said. "You got to be excited about the guys that are going to lineup and play for you."
  12. Chris Silva lands SEC honor after monster week to close regular season March 11, 2019 After failing to record a single rebound in a loss at Missouri, South Carolina’s Chris Silva responded by scoring 46 points and grabbing 27 boards over the Gamecocks next two games — both wins. Not bad. Such a bounce-back allowed Silva to be named SEC co-Player of the Week. The league announced the honor Monday morning. This marks the first time a Gamecock has landed this kind of honor since Sindarius Thornwell in February 2017. Silva had 24 points and 10 rebounds — good for his 11th double-double of the season, seventh in SEC play and 26th time of his career — in the 66-46 win over Georgia on Saturday. Afterward, Bulldogs coach Tom Crean referenced the Missouri performance to help best frame Silva’s resiliency.
  13. Three seniors say good-bye to Colonial Life Arena in the season finale home game by defeating Georgia 66-46 with videos, gallery & stats Silva (24), Gravett (12) and Campbell (11) combined for 47 points in final game at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday Chris Silva had 24 points and 10 rebounds as South Carolina beat Georgia 66-46 on Saturday assuring the Gamecocks a double-bye into the quarterfinals of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament. (MORE)
  14. South Carolina routs Georgia, clinches 4-seed and double-bye in SEC Tournament March 09, 2019 Chris Silva and Hassani Gravett traded grins and a couple hand-slaps. One half from their final home game ending at South Carolina, USC’s seniors could afford to take a moment for themselves. The Gamecocks will be the No. 4 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament. They’ll have an all-important double bye in Nashville thanks to their most veteran players guiding a 66-46 rout of Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Silva had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Gravett had 12 points and Tre Campbell added 11 as the Gamecocks built a 23-point halftime lead en route to their 11th SEC win. Georgia (11-20, 2-16) tried to spoil an ideal Senior Day with a second half rally, but the Bulldogs never got to within single digits over the final 20 minutes. Not long after a pre-game ceremony, Silva, Gravett and Campbell looked like a trio wanting to go out with a bang. They scored 38 of USC’s 44 first half points. Two Silva free throws at the 13:42 mark began a 31-8 half-closing run that was capped by two more Silva FTs. In between, there was an aggressive “And-1” drive from Campbell, a couple 3s from Gravett and a top-of-the key swish from Silva. The team of seven scholarship players — as A.J. Lawson missed his his third straight game because of a sprained ankle — was the more energetic bunch against a Georgia team that entered having already clinched the SEC Tournament’s 13-seed. The Bulldogs, though, showed fight in the second half. South Carolina started the period by missing 17 of its first 19 shots — allowing UGA to cut the lead to 10 on three occasions — before back-to-back buckets from Keyshawn Bryant (dunk) and Maik Kotsar (short jumper) gave Carolina some breathing room with four minutes left. Bryant scored eight of his 14 points in the second half.
  15. The case for South Carolina’s Frank Martin as SEC Coach of the Year March 08, 2019 THE STATE It’s been more than a decade since the last time South Carolina had the SEC’s Coach of the Year. Dave Odom took the honor in 2003-04 for guiding the Gamecocks to a 21-9 regular second record and a third-place finish in the SEC’s East Division. That team went 8-8 against league foes and became one of six SEC teams to make the NCAA Tournament. The Big Dance might not invite the 2018-19 Gamecocks, but Frank Martin has built his case to join Odom, Eddie Fogler (1993, 1997 — SEC) and Frank McGuire (1969 — ACC) as the only South Carolina leaders to collect a conference’s top coaching honor in the modern era. If the Gamecocks (15-15 overall, 10-7 SEC) beat Georgia (11-19, 2-15) on Saturday, they’re the No. 4 seed and will have a double-bye for next week’s SEC Tournament in Nashville. That in itself is an impressive accomplishment considering USC was picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the league. No SEC team has exceeded expectations by that many spots entering the league’s final day of games. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Whether due to injury, football responsibility or an eligibility issue, eight South Carolina players have missed a combined 119 games. This includes starters Justin Minaya (out since Nov. 18 with a knee injury), T.J. Moss (out since Dec. 18 with foot and ankle injuries), Maik Kotsar (missed losses to Virginia on Dec. 19 and Clemson on Dec. 22 because of a concussion) and A.J. Lawson (out since the end of the Alabama loss on Feb. 28 with a sprained ankle). The Gamecocks beat Texas A&M by 17 on Tuesday in College Station by maximizing their seven available scholarship players. “We’re down to three perimeter guys,” Martin told reporters afterward. “We’re having to play Maik Kotsar some at the three (small forward), but we’re playing a little bit more zone and we gotta figure out a way to save some legs. (Hassani) Gravett and (Tre) Campbell pretty much can’t come out of the game for us right now, so we gotta manage the game accordingly.” Martin’s had masterful coaching jobs before — you might recall him guiding the Gamecocks to their first NCAA Tournament win in 44 years en route to the 2017 Final Four — but this might be his best since taking over the dormant Carolina program in 2012. Of the 68 teams in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket projection, USC was wins over five of them. Key absences, Chris Silva’s unexpected slow start and adapting a half-dozen new players to the system caused the November and December struggles. But from New Year’s Eve on, South Carolina is 11-8. It’s one of 26 Power 6 teams (a pool of 75) with double-digit conference wins. (Note: Using the old RPI formula, the SEC ranks as the nation’s fourth-toughest league.) “Given where we were at in December,” Martin said, “to know that in this league, as good as it is, we figured out a way to play on Friday and get that double-bye, it’s a tremendous accomplishment for these kids.” And for Martin. His toughest COY competition figures to be Ole Miss’ Kermit Davis (the Rebels were picked to finish last in the SEC, but have 19 overall wins), Tennessee’s Rick Barnes (the Volunteers have a shot to repeat as league champs), LSU’s Will Wade (the 10th-ranked Tigers are surprise lead leaders, though Wade could be in hot water with the NCAA) and Kentucky’s John Calipari (the Wildcats have 18 of 21 games). There’s a good case for all five of them, but Martin’s, all things considered, might be the strongest.
  16. FeatheredCock

    New basketball indictments

    Fenno is said to be talking about TCU and Creighton. Nathan Fenno‏ Verified account@nathanfennoTwo new schools have been linked to the college basketball corruption probe, according to a superseding indictment just filed in federal court. The colleges are identified only as being in Nebraska and Texas. LSU also in the wiretaps:A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the FBI between LSU coach Will Wade and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins features Wade speaking freely about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of a prospect, Yahoo Sports has learned.On part of the call, Wade expresses frustration that a third party affiliated with the recruitment had yet to accept Wade’s “offer.” Instead, a verbal commitment to LSU was being delayed because Wade theorized he hadn’t given the third party a big “enough piece of the pie in the deal” and instead “tilted” the offer toward the player and his mother.“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”There is no elaboration on what the “Smart thing” is. Javonte Smart is currently a freshman guard at LSU and formerly a top-50 recruit from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Dawkins is known to be on FBI wiretaps during the late spring and summer of 2017. ESPN, citing court records, previously reported that Dawkins had “at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.” Smart announced his commitment to LSU via Twitter on June 30, 2017.“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment. “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”Dawkins responded by saying, “Hmmmm.”“It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer,” Wade continued. “Hell of an offer.”“OK,” Dawkins said.“Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid,” Wade said.Smart, a guard who is averaging 11.4 points a game for LSU this season, was not considered a one-and-done NBA prospect when he committed to the Tigers.The tape does not reference any specifics about the “offer,” if the particulars of the “offer” violated NCAA rules, if the player and/or his mother ever knew of the “offer” or if anyone accepted whatever the “offer” was.It does not appear from this part of the call that Dawkins had any knowledge of what Wade is describing.Dawkins declined comment Thursday through his attorney, Steve Haney. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva also declined comment Thursday to Yahoo Sports. Calls and text messages to Wade and Melinda Smart, mother of Javonte Smart, were not immediately returned.The tape does suggest the FBI possesses additional evidence and phone conversations that could be entered into evidence in the second trial, which is slated to begin April 22 in New York.It also speaks to the line of aggressive questioning Wade may face if he testifies at that trial – namely explaining, under oath, the specifics in recruiting conversations such as the above.“As many as I can get in the courtroom,” Haney said. “…We are going to pull back the curtains.”The defense will try to show through wiretapped phone calls and direct testimony from college coaches that Dawkins and Code were not attempting to bribe the coaches to gain an inside track on signing their NBA-bound talent. “The second trial will be an argument over the facts of the government’s case, which we dispute,” Haney said on Tuesday. Namely, if Dawkins and Code were attempting to bribe coaches, why wouldn’t the subject have come up on wiretap when they were discussing recruits?Dawkins, a basketball middleman with deep connections to grassroots hoops, and Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, are facing federal bribery charges in that trial. Three co-defendants who worked as assistant college coaches, Tony Bland of USC, Emanuel “Book” Richardson of Arizona and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, have all reached plea agreements in the case.A call between Dawkins and Wade also emerged during the first trial. The two were discussing 2019 recruit Balsa Koprivica, who eventually committed to Florida State.“So you said to me … there was a 2019 kid I wanted to recruit, they can get him to LSU, you would have funded,” Dawkins said to Wade. “Would you want Balsa?”“Oh, the big kid?” Wade said.Dawkins confirmed he was talking about the 7-foot-1 Koprivica.“OK, but there is other [expletive] involved in it,” Wade said. “I have got to shut my door…”After a brief delay, Wade said, “I can get you what you need, but it’s got to work.”At the trial, Gatto’s defense attorney, Casey Donnelly, said the inference was about “money.” On June 21, 2017, during the timeframe of the calls, Koprivica announced on Twitter he had received a scholarship offer from LSU.Wade never denied speaking with Dawkins but told reporters last fall that, “I have never, ever, done any business of any kind with Christian Dawkins.”At the time, Alleva said in a statement that the exchange between Dawkins and Wade was a “snippet of a conversation in an active federal case.” He added that LSU was “ready, as always, to work with the NCAA on this.”Wade, 36, took over at LSU in 2017. He previously coached VCU and Chattanooga. LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranked as high as No. 3 in the country. The Tigers are 25-5, ranked No. 10 in the country and need only to defeat last-place Vanderbilt on Saturday to win their first SEC regular-season title since 2009.https://sports.yahoo.com/exclusive-...-offer-hoops-scandal-middleman-175046487.html
  17. South Carolina shoots its way out of losing streak, rolls Texas A&M March 05, 2019 South Carolina snapped its losing streak Tuesday with a performance reminiscent of the not-so-distant past. The Gamecocks, looking like the team that shot their way up the SEC standings for much of January and February, beat Texas A&M, 71-54, at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. The win was USC’s first in four games. Another victory Saturday against Georgia and the Gamecocks (15-15, 10-7) will likely be the No. 4 seed and have a double-bye at next week’s SEC Tournament in Nashville. Losses to Alabama (last Tuesday) and Missouri (last Saturday) included the injury of eventual absence of A.J. Lawson, yes, but those showings also lacked production from beyond the arc. USC went a combined 7 of 33 from 3-point range in those games. Tuesday, it hit 13 of 23 3s. Chris Silva hit a career-high four triples on his way to 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds . Keyshawn Bryant added 15 points and Hassani Gravett scored 17 with eight assists for Carolina. USC, which entered as the SEC’s best 3-point shooting team in conference games, made 80 percent of them in the first half, helping a 39-34 lead. The advantage grew to as many as 18 in the second half as Texas A&M (13-16, 6-11) couldn’t outlast the depleted Gamecocks. Again without Lawson, South Carolina had seven scholarship players available. But it was Frank Martin’s bunch that was more energized for most of the night. USC has now swept Texas A&M for the first time since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012-13. NEXT GAME Who: Georgia at South Carolina When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network
  18. Rosters revealed for Carolinas Classic All-Star Games February 13, 2019 The teams have been picked for the annual battle of the top high school basketball players in North and South Carolina. The boys and girls Carolinas Classic All Star Games are set for March 23rd at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC. South Carolina Boys roster: Head coach Zach Norris, Keenan Assistant coach Bailey Jackson, Clover 6-7 Marlow Gilmore, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 6-2 Trae Hannibal, Hartsville 6-2 Tre Jackson, Blythewood 6-5 Juwan Perdue,, Lakewood 6-5 Asanti Price, Keenan 6-5 Trevur Smalls, Berkeley 6-0 Trey Smith, Landrum 6-2 Tommy Bruner, Gray Collegiate 6-7 Ishan White, Berkeley 6-11 Malcolm Wilson, Ridge View South Carolina Girls roster: Head coach Teresa Jones, Dreher Assistant coach Cedrick Simpson, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 5-7 Taylor Britt, Spring Valley 6-0 Mya Burns, North Augusta 5-10 Taylor Lewis, Spring Valley 5-8 Maliyah Lockett, Westwood 5-11 Danae McNeal, Swansea 6-0 Quadijah Moore, Emerald 6-0 Shayla Nelson, Goose Creek 6-2 Brandi Rivers, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 6-2 Asia Smith, Myrtle Beach 5-8 Olivia Thompson, Lexington
  19. Report: Mizzou AD apologizes to Dawn Staley, will settle lawsuit for $50,000 May 25, 2018 The controversy between the South Carolina and Missouri women’s basketball programs appears to be coming to a close. Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk has apologized and will settle a defamation lawsuit filed by South Carolina coach Dawn Staley for $50,000, according to The Post & Courier’s David Cloninger. The lawsuit was sparked by allegations that Staley “promoted” an environment that led Gamecocks fans to spit on Tigers players being spit on by fans during a game between Missouri and South Carolina on Jan. 28 in Columbia. Two days after the game, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton alleged that South Carolina fans spit on her team. Sterk would later back his coach and add that one of the Tigers’ players was called the “n-word” and said Staley promoted such an atmosphere. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner released a statement that said the allegations couldn’t be confirmed. Men’s basketball coach Frank Martin also stood behind Staley. Staley responded on Jan. 31 saying the accusations were false and stood by the South Carolina fan base. She then proceeded to file a $75,000 defamation lawsuit against Sterk over his comments that she promoted the atmosphere that allowed the alleged behavior to happen. Staley appears to have settled for less, but the apology also means the tensions might have quelled some. The first Missouri-South Carolina game of the 2018-19 season will be a must-watch affair.
  20. South Carolina basketball set to face Oklahoma State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge May 24, 2018 The South Carolina basketball team will travel to Oklahoma State for the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The two teams are set to play on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 programs will participate in the sixth annual event. The SEC is coming off a 6-4 win in the 2018 challenge. This matchup marks the fourth meeting between South Carolina and Oklahoma State. It’s the third time the Gamecocks and Cowboys have played in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. South Carolina has a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head matchup. The programs first met in 1975, which the Gamecocks won, 70-61, in Columbia. The Cowboys won the 2013 SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Stillwater, Okla., 72-59. It was the second season at South Carolina for coach Frank Martin. A year later, the Gamecocks won the challenge game in Columbia, 75-49. This season, South Carolina will have three starters back from the 2017-18 squad: senior forward Chris Silva, junior forward Maik Kotsar and sophomore wing Justin Minaya. Silva, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was also named first-team All-SEC last season. He averaged 14.3 points, 8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior. Mike Boynton, a former South Carolina player and assistant coach, is the coach at Oklahoma State. Four of the 10 SEC/Big 12 Challenge games will be televised on ESPN. Four will be carried on ESPN2 and two will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.
  21. Ray Tanner 'pessimistic' about Brian Bowen receiving timely NCAA decision May 22, 2018 This could very well be the final week of Brian Bowen's college basketball career. South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner, appearing Wednesday on 107.5 The Game, didn't sound confident the NCAA would rule on Bowen's eligibility status before the rapidly approaching deadline for early entry college players. Bowen has until May 30 to decide whether to stay in the NBA draft or return to USC. However, as has been well-documented, the freshman is still waiting to be reinstated by the NCAA. The pro route might be his only option. “I’m a little bit pessimistic that we’re going to have all the information that we need in the next seven days," Tanner said. Bowen, of course, is in this position after being connected to the FBI's probe into the sport. According to federal documents, Bowen's father allegedly received $19,500 from Adidas to help steer Bowen to Louisville. (Bowen has denied knowledge of the transaction.) Bowen, a 6-foot-7 former McDonald's All-American, left the Cardinals in November and enrolled at South Carolina in January, where he could only practice with the Gamecocks. USC filed for Bowen's reinstatement shortly thereafter. "With the DOJ (U.S. Department of Justice) being involved, the NCAA being involved, other people being involved, I don’t know if we’ll get the answer in a timely fashion," Tanner said. "But it does seem reasonable that Brian Bowen will be able to make a decision based on the knowledge that he has about his eligibility and whether he decides to go pro or not. "You’d like to think that he would have all the information that he needs to make a decision. And I’m not sure that’s going to happen.” Bowen, who competed at the NBA combine in Chicago last week, is not projected to be taken in the two-round draft on June 21. Both Bowen's coach (Frank Martin) and lawyer(Jason Setchen) have expressed his intention to play for the Gamecocks. But there's a strong chance he won't have that option. "It would be good to have a couple options whether to stay in the draft or go back to school," Bowen said last Thursday. "But when it comes down to it, and if I don’t have a chance to go back to school, I’ll just make my jump.”
  22. What Chris Silva's return means for South Carolina basketball May 22, 2018 In two games against South Carolina last season, Georgia’s Yaten Maten totaled 38 points and 18 rebounds. Robert Williams’ 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks helped Texas A&M to an 83-60 win over the Gamecocks on Feb. 3. A season earlier, Jaron Blossomgame had 15 points and 10 boards as Clemson squeaked by USC at Colonial Life Arena. Chris Silva on Monday joined a list that includes the above names. He, like the All-SEC and All-ACC opponents before him, opted to return to school after declaring for the NBA draft. The announcement came with little surprise. Despite his contributions to Carolina’s 68 wins over the past three seasons, the explosive 6-foot-9, 223-pound forward doesn’t quite yet have the skill set that translates to the next level. He wasn’t invited to last week’s NBA combine, a sign that he wasn’t destined to be taken in next month’s two-round draft But Silva wasn’t ignored throughout the process. After deciding to test the professional waters – without hiring an agent – on April 17, he at least worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. It’s in that feedback where both he and USC can benefit in 2018-19. “Chris Silva’s going back to South Carolina next year,” tweeted The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie. “Think he’s a sneaky top-30 player or so in the country going back to college hoops off the top of my head. Really, really productive guy.” Silva is already among the school’s all-time top 10 in career blocks (seventh), free throw attempts (seventh) and free throws made (fifth). He’ll easily crack the top 10 in career rebounds and games played. He has a chance to lead the Gamecocks in scoring and rebounding two consecutive seasons. That hasn’t happened in Columbia since Carlos Powell from 2003-05. Such productivity will be required for a team that’s not likely to have high preseason expectations. USC missed the NIT in 2017-18 and must replace its best perimeter shooter (Frank Booker) and will be working in a new point guard (either freshman T.J. Moss or graduate transfer Tre Campbell). Of course, expectations can be altered should USC receive the services of Brian Bowen, the former McDonald’s All-American who joined Silva as Gamecocks to declare for the draft. Bowen must make his stay or go-pro decision by May 30. (The NCAA still hasn’t ruled on Bowen’s eligibility status.) “Me and Chris had the same workout when we were in Brooklyn,” Bowen said during the combine. “So it was good just to see him, see a familiar face around. That’s my guy, for sure.” Combining the two would give Carolina a dynamic wing-post combination. Bowen’s presence – a 6-7, 202-pounder who can play multiple positions – could free Silva from the double teams he saw the majority of last season. Silva, being the No. 1 offensive option for the first time in his career, led the Gamecocks in 10 categories last season, including turnovers. “One of the things that creates up and downs in a player’s performance is their mental maturity,” USC assistant Perry Clark said in March. “And I think what you’re talking about, especially when you talk about his newness to the game or his youth, is his mental maturity to prepare himself for different things. Because all of a sudden, he becomes a focal point, so now he’s getting doubled. OK, now they’re really working hard to not let him get the ball where he wants or they’re taking him away. “Now the ability to make adjustments through our sets and through our offense, he has to be able to recognize and pick up. And that’s where I think at times he’s had problems, which has created the turnovers.” Silva battled through to still earn first-team All-SEC honors. Cut down on the turnovers, foul less and captain the Gamecocks back into NCAA Tournament discussion and he’s got a chance to follow Maten as SEC player of the year.
  23. Gamecocks forward Chris Silva returning to South Carolina for senior season MAY 21, 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks forward Chris Silva has withdrawn his name from consideration for the NBA Draft and will return to Columbia for his senior season. Silva worked out privately for the Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks, but did not receive an invite to the NBA Combine last week. The rising senior from Gabon turned in his best season as a junior, leading the Gamecocks in scoring at 14.3 points per game and was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In a statement provided by USC Athletics Silva said: “I’m thankful for the experience of going through the draft process. I want to thank all of the teams that gave me the opportunity to workout for their organization. I’m excited to announce that I’m returning to South Carolina for my senior season. I can’t wait to get back on the court with my brothers and continue to work on my game.” South Carolina has one player remaining involved in the NBA Draft process, Louisville transfer Brian Bowen. The Gamecocks also have two additional scholarships remaining for their 2018-19 roster
  24. Gamecocks set to participate 20 2018 Tip-Off Tournament May 20, 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame accounces matchup information for November even COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday the field and matchups for the 2018 Tip-Off Tournament, which will be held at campus sites, before matchups at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Nov. 16-18. South Carolina will host contests versus Stony Brook (Nov. 9) and Norfolk State (Nov. 13), before traveling to the Mohegan Sun for a matchup against Providence on Nov. 16, before facing either Michigan or George Washington on Nov. 18. Other schools in the event include Holy Cross and Siena. "We are excited to be a part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, where we get to host two games against quality opponents, and then travel to Mohegan Sun for two more quality matchups. First, against a consistent NCAA Tournament team in Providence, and then versus either Michigan or George Washington. These four games will continue to add not just to the strength of our schedule, but to the quality of our program," South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said. Carolina's trip to the Mohegan Sun will be its second under the direction of Martin, as the Gamecocks posted a 75-61 victory over St. John's playing in the Hall of Fame Shootout on Dec. 22, 2015. Duane Notice led Carolina in the win with a 20-point performance. General public tickets will go on sale Fri., Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office. Pre-sales for participating schools begin Thurs., June 1. Neutral site game schedule, television details and an exclusive pre-sale opportunity via Citi will be released at a later date. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com. Below is the full 2018 Tip-Off Tournament Schedule Campus Round Schedule November 6 Siena College at Providence College Norfolk State University at University of Michigan Stony Brook University at George Washington University November 8 Siena College at George Washington University November 9 Stony Brook University at University of South Carolina November 10 Holy Cross at University of Michigan November 13 Holy Cross at Providence College Norfolk State University at University of South Carolina Neutral Site Brackets at Mohegan Sun Arena (November 16 - 17 - 18) Springfield Bracket Day 1 Stony Brook University vs Holy Cross Norfolk State University vs Siena College Day 2 Consolation Game Championship Game Naismith Bracket Day 1 University of Michigan vs George Washington University University of South Carolina vs Providence College Day 2 Consolation Game Championship Game
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    Rakym Felder finds new home

    Rakym Felder finds new home May 08, 2018 Former South Carolina basketball player Rakym Felder has signed to play his redshirt sophomore season at New Mexico Junior College. Felder, who played point guard for South Carolina’s Final Four team as a freshman in 2016-17, retweeted the news, which was first reported by JucoRecruiting.com. Coach Frank Martin announced in late April that Felder would not be back with the Gamecocks next season after sitting out the 2017-18 campaign.

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