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  1. PJ Dozier has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story Monday night August 12, 2019
  2. Very good read folks enjoy!! Phenom College Talk: Previewing South Carolina’s 2019-20 Roster by Jamie Shaw | Aug 7, 2019 | Featured, News, Player Reports Phenom Hoop Report has been a great avenue for high school and middle school players, but that doesn’t mean we stop once they head to college. It is great to see these players take the next step in their careers, playing at the college level. That is why we are bringing a little college talk to our readers. In this writing, we will head to the SEC to take a look at the upcoming season and breaking down the roster of the South Carolina Gamecocks. After a Final Four run in 2017, Frank Martin’s teams went 33-32 over the previous two seasons, which included a fourth-place finish in the SEC last year with an 11-7 record. Let’s Dive into the Roster…(VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. According to Mike Uva of WACH FOX here in Columbia. Says they will be unveiled in the coming weeks. With that being said... what changes, if any, are you hoping for? 1. I hope the script “Carolina” replaces the current block lettering on the front of the jersey. (Concept jersey below made by @Gamecockology on Twitter.) 2. If the block lettering is not replaced with the script, then I would like to see “Gamecocks” on the front of the jersey. I’d like to see “Gamecocks” on the front of jerseys across all sports as well. For some reason the baseball team is the only team that does that I know of.
  4. Brian Bowen goes undrafted, but signs with NBA team and Chris Silva gets NBA opportunity June 21, 2019 Bowen was signed by the Indiana Pacers after the conclusion of Thursday’s two-round, 60-pick NBA Draft. Former Gamecocks Chris Silva also went undrafted. Chris Silva will get his NBA shot. The former South Carolina great wasn’t selected during Thursday’s two-round NBA Draft, but will participate with the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer League. IPZ, Silva’s agency, confirmed the news to The State on Friday morning. Summer League teams annually try out different rosters than their regular season squads, a mix of rookies and second-year players attempting to land an NBA or G League deal.
  5. 2020 SC PG Myles Tate of Hartsville visited USC Monday with his parents, and spent a 5 hour meeting with Coach Martin's staff, as well as with academic staff: Read More Here (Free Article)
  6. Scouting USC signee Wildens Leveque: ‘High motor guy that’s really good defensively’ May 10, 2019 Wildens Leveque is scheduled to arrive in Columbia on May 29 to begin his South Carolina basketball career. What are the Gamecocks getting in the 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Gould Academy in Maine? The State asked both Leveque and Gould coach Cory McClure for a preview. (READ MORE)
  7. Two South Carolina basketball signees ranked among nation’s top 150 players May 07, 2019 For only the third time since Rivals started such a list, South Carolina has two signed basketball recruits among the national site’s final ranking of top 150 players. Jalyn McCreary is the country’s No. 133 player in the 2019 class and Trae Hannibal is No. 146, according to the rankings released Tuesday. Rivals began its “Top 150” rankings in 2003. USC that year had No. 92 Renaldo Balkman and No. 101 Brandon Wallace. In 2014, signed Gamecocks Marcus Stroman (94) and TeMarcus Blanton (135) made the list. (READ MORE)
  8. What Ray Tanner said about the South Carolina men’s basketball program March 27, 2019 South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner on Wednesday made his monthly appearance on 107.5 The Game’s “Halftime Show” with hosts Jay Philips and Tommy Moody. The majority of the interview was about Frank Martin and the noise surrounding the USC men’s basketball program. Here’s what Tanner said: ON SOUTH CAROLINA (16-16 OVERALL) NOT MAKING THE NIT “Coach Martin takes his team to Nashville (for the SEC Tournament). He’s got to play Auburn. We had beaten Auburn earlier and you’re hoping maybe you win a couple games and maybe you get in the (NCAA Tournament) conversation or if you win the whole thing, you get back to the postseason. “I was certain — I was certain — we were gonna be in the NIT. I was certain. I did make a few calls just to try to hear some things I wanted to hear. And we didn’t get in. I feel like we should have been in. “I know the teams that are in, some of them have lost already, I knew what their overall records were and just felt like we should have been in.” USC went 11-7 and finished fourth in the SEC. Against Division I competition, it went 15-16 overall. Tanner said he asked specifically if there was a record requirement (i.e. .500 or better) to make the 32-team field. “And they said, ‘Well, I’m not sure a team has ever been invited.’ I said, ‘Is that the criteria?’ ‘No.’ OK, well we finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference. “There were a lot of teams that were well under .500 in their league and they got in, with a similar record — 15-16, 16-16. That’s where I got a little ruffled when it came to that. I was like, ‘Our team’s better than that. We would have been playing in New York (for the NIT semifinals).’” Texas (16-16, 8-10 Big 12), Butler (16-16, 7-11 Big East), Arkansas (17-15, 8-10 SEC), Indiana (17-15, 8-12 Big 10) and Nebraska (18-16, 6-14 Big 10) made the NIT. ON THE MARKETING OF THE MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM “It’s not just men’s basketball. It’s all of our sports. It’s important to us that we try to get people in the seats. Women’s softball has a game (Wednesday), it’s important that we get as many people there as possible. “(South Carolina senior associate AD for marketing and branding) Eric Nichols does one heckuva job. He received a national award a couple years ago for his efforts in marketing. He’s one of the best in the business. We promote all of our sports and we spend a lot of time and effort in basketball. We’ve invested money into that, as well as we do with women’s basketball and football and the other sports. “We don’t miss anything as far as the promotional aspect is concerned. We do everything we can to get people in the building. We have great fans that buy tickets. We’re not a school that’s selling 3 and 4,000 season tickets. We’re higher than that. As I said, we’re fourth in the league in attendance, which is pretty strong in the Southeastern Conference. Three of the last four years, we’ve finished in the top four (of the SEC standings), which includes when we played on the last weekend of the year in 2017. So a lot of good things have happened. “But we certainly support our basketball program at a high level. “ ON THE NOTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA AS A ‘FOOTBALL SCHOOL’ “Basketball has certainly been important here for a long time. I hear that talk, too, but I’m not going to give you AD speak, but we’re broad-based. We want all our teams to do well, but I think you will see consistency among our sports if you delve into it. They’re not going to get the attention that football and basketball gets, but we do have success across all of our sports. ... I love our fans. I think we have great fans. I’ve been in that arena all year and there have been some really electric atmospheres. Are there games that you would like to see a few more people maybe in the area you pointed out, in the end zones? Absolutely. I’d love to see the place packed all the time. “But we have good attendance. Should we sit on our laurels? No, we should continue to try and grow and create a home court environment (where it’s) hard to beat us.” ON POSSIBLE SEATING RECONFIGURATION AT COLONIAL LIFE ARENA “Obviously I don’t have our season ticket seating chart in my possession, but we sell 8,000-plus season tickets for men’s basketball all in the lower bowl area. All around the arena, you know that we have upgraded some seating. And just like you suggested, we would like that to be as full, especially in the lower bowl, as possible. We do have a big arena. A lot of of the new basketball facilities are 8,9,10-thousand and when you pack them in at our place, it’s 17 or 18,000, if you go in the upper deck. So we have the same concerns that we try to get an area that’s covered. “Sometimes you do have openings in the end zone. And sometimes those are season tickets for people who are not at the game. We have the Forever Loyal program, where if someone’s not coming, you can pass your tickets on. And there was some success in that, but we’d like for it to increase a little bit next year. Those things can happen. “But we were fourth in attendance in the SEC. We have a pretty big building and we were fourth in attendance. A lot of good things are happening. We’re not ashamed of our attendance.” ON POSSIBILITY OF TARPING THE UPPER DECK “There’s been some discussions. One day, Coach Martin and I were visiting. We had a discussion about possibly doing the lower bowl only, which is about 10,000 seats, which is what a lot of our schools in our conference have done. I don’t know if we’ll ever get there because there’s been a lot of games where we’re above 10,000. I think there were a number of times that Coach Martin’s exceeded 11,000. Coach (Dawn) Staley does that. So I don’t think we can really go there. “But because you are so big, some of those games — especially mid-week games and early on where you don’t get as many people into the building into the right spots ... I’m not sure we don’t have enough people in the building, but I think you hit on the point that we need them more strategically located at times. And that’s something I want to take a look at. … I’m certainly going to take a look at that because that certainly is important. Our fans are great. We’re not in a position that a lot of schools are around the country with technology and a drop-off in attendance, a drop-off in season ticket holders. We’re in much better shape than a lot of universities. And I’m proud of that. I’m very grateful for our fan base.” ON BASKETBALL FACILITIES “Our student-athletes live at 650 (dorms), so our men’s and women’s basketball players literally walk across the street to the practice facility, where they have food served, it’s where our dietician and nutritionist are, it’s where our weight room is, it’s where our locker rooms are, it’s where their practice floors are. We got two full practice floors and two wings over there. Coach Martin and his staff have brand new offices, Coach Staley’s office was done last year over there. “We spent almost 11 million dollars on the practice facility in the last three years. It includes the ribbon board and the scoreboard over at Colonial Life Arena. So we’ve upgraded those areas. They’re really, really nice. I think it has really enhanced the recruiting opportunity.” Are further enhancements coming to the men’s basketball program? “We’ve never stopped. We’re always going to do something, whether it’s a new opportunity for graphics or player opportunities, we’re going to continue to try to do as much as we can.”
  9. Frank Martin will be available to the media on Tuesday, March 26, Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.
  10. What: Second round of NCAA tournament Who: No. 4 seed South Carolina (22-9, 13-3 SEC) vs. No. 5 seed Florida State (24-8, 10-6 ACC) When: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24 Where: Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina Watch: ESPN2 or WatchESPN app Listen: 107.5 FM in Columbia At stake: Winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, next Saturday, and will play the winner of No. 1 seed Baylor’s pod. So we meet again: For the third time in the last five years, South Carolina and Florida State are meeting in the postseason — the first two times, a trip to the Final Four was on the line. Now, a Sweet 16 berth hangs on the outcome, but the personnel from those first two meetings, both of which South Carolina won by single digits, is gone. Neither coach is thinking too much about the past. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. It’s not that this provides any extra incentive. It’s an opponent that stands in front of your opportunity to go to a Sweet 16,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. That being said, Staley knows that for the fans, it might mean something a little extra to beat Florida State. “The familiar name of Florida State brings a lot of memories back for our fans, so hopefully they can bring their energized selves in here and will us to another victory,” Staley said. What to watch for: The Seminoles struggled to put away pesky No. 12 seed Bucknell on Friday, winning 70-67, but Staley credited the close game to the lengthy break FSU had since its previous game, and she said she expects another “knock-out, drag out” contest between the programs. “As much as you try to simulate games in practices, it is difficult,” Staley said. “Now that they have gotten their feet wet, they will get up to play us as we will get up to play them.” Specifically, South Carolina guard Bianca Jackson and Te’a Cooper cited Florida State’s offensive rebounding as an area of emphasis for the Gamecocks — the Seminoles have an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.6 percent, a top-35 mark in the country. Leading the way, 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie averages 16.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while also taking and making the most 3-pointers of any player on the team. The entire team’s versatility will likely force at least one Gamecock post player out on the perimeter, as they were against Belmont in the first round. Staley and her players also identified junior point guard Nicki Ekhomu as a dangerous option for FSU — she averages roughly 15 points and four assists per game and has the Seminoles’ top 3-point percentage. “She’s a three-way scorer. She can get to the rim, her mid-range is nice and her 3-point shooting is respectable,” Staley said.
  11. A winless season is remarkably bad. I was shocked to see it happened (winless). Have to make this move if you are Vandy.
  13. Puts them out according to bracketology. Don't you hate it when that happens
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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)
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
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