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  1. What to watch in SC Pro-Am as Frank Martin’s ‘most talented team’ debuts July 20, 2019 Frank Martin’s bold statement of the offseason has now been repeated. The South Carolina basketball coach told NCAA.com’s Andy Katz last week that his next Gamecocks bunch is “the most talented team we’ve had since I’ve been here.” It echoed what he told local media members during a June 19 news conference at Colonial Life Arena. “I think we have a lot of talented pieces,” Martin said then. “I think top to bottom, one through 14, 15, if you include the walk-ons, it’s as talented a team as I’ve been a part of. As people, work ethic, talent level, experience, when you put it all together.” (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  2. USC’s Jermaine Couisnard debuts — and scores 40 points in the South Carolina Pro-Am July 22, 2019 Jermaine Couisnard downplayed any extra motivation. He sat for a full season, only appearing to South Carolina fans on gamedays as a street-clothed cheerleader on the end of the bench, but he claimed Sunday he wasn’t trying to make any big splash with his first chance to represent the Gamecocks on a public stage. “I was just trying to get in the flow of the game,” Couisnard said after scoring 40 points in the South Carolina Pro-Am. “I wasn’t worried about the people.” The debut was 18 months in the making. Couisnard, a three-star prospect from outside Chicago, committed to USC in January 2018. An eligibility issue related to a test score held him out for the 2018-19 season. The likes of Carolina coach Frank Martin and Duke standout R.J. Barrett — “He wants to win so bad,” Barrett said of his former high school teammate — talked him up, but there was little footage to confirm Couisnard’s ability.
  3. Little Gamecocks Camp Media Availability July 16, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Head Men's Basketball Coach Frank Martin, redshirt freshman T.J. Moss and camp director Dushawn Davis spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon about the Little Gamecocks Camp Frank Martin Media Availability - 7/16/19 T.J. Moss Media Availability - 7/16/19 Dushawn Davis Media Availability - 7/16/19
  4. Bolden ready to play after beneficial ineligible season July 13, 2019 It was hard to experience not entering a game for an entire season, but South Carolina guard Jair Bolden has no doubt in his mind that sitting out due to his transfer from George Washington helped him as a basketball player. Ineligible due to the NCAA rule of transferring from one division one program to another, Bolden was limited to just being a practice player for the 2018-19 season. However, he excelled in the role according to his head coach Frank Martin and teammates. Now preparing for a season in which he can step on the court at Colonial Life Arena, the redshirt junior know he’ll benefit from his year of playing behind the scenes. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  5. Gamecocks Set To Host Houston In December 7/9/2019 | Men's Basketball | GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Southeastern Conference released today information on the newly formed scheduling alliance that has been created with The American Conference, and it was announced that South Carolina will host Houston on Dec. 8, at Colonial Life Arena in non-conference action. The meeting will be the sixth all-time between the two schools and the first since the 1990-91 season. (READ MORE) Gamecocks Set To Hold Sixth Annual 8K Campaign 7/9/2019 | Men's Basketball | GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina men's basketball team will hold its sixth annual 8K Campaign, beginning with community outreach events this week in Columbia. The campaign is aimed at reaching 8,000 fans in the greater Columbia community with outreach events during the summer months. During this year's campaign, the Gamecocks will visit the Dorn VA Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House, while also helping with a Habitat for Humanity project. Carolina will spend time at the YMCA, as well as with the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, in addition to visiting Transitions, Sowing Seeds and the Harvest Hope Food Bank.(READ MORE)
  6. I don't think I chimed in on Seventh Woods recently, but I'm really excited that he's coming home to finish his college career. I hope the expectations on him aren't unfair and unrealistic, but I honestly think he's capable of making a huge impact after his redshirt year. I know it's cliche to compare him to Larry Davis, but it really is very similar. At UNC, when you're surrounded by McDonalds AA players, you can't get off to a slow start, and you can't have confidence issues, or you get bumped. Seventh gave them some good minutes in some major games, but he just didn't fill up the stat sheet, so other guys played a lot more than he did. I think he is capable of being at least a 12-15 ppg scorer for us assuming he gets 30+ minutes a game as a senior. That's down the road another year, but I am excited about what he could accomplish. I'm excited about the grad transfer, Henry, this coming season. I don't think expectations for him are very high offensively speaking, but if he can score between 5-10 ppg most night, get some rebounds, and protect the rim, he'll really help us. Hopefully Frink and Leveque will play well on the inside and that will allow Kotsar to do what he's more comfortable doing, which is playing facing the basket instead of posting up. I think Bolden is going to be a great addition to the team. Lawson is the man, so Bolden can concentrate on scoring some points and being a veteran presence on the floor rather than carrying the burden of being the top dog. I think Minaya and Bryant are both going to be so much better this season. I am excited to see what they are able to do. Lawson is special and I can't wait to see how much he improves. I wish he were going to have more years to watch him play. The freshmen are going to be very interesting. Moss showed flashed of his talent, but his season was cut short before he really ever got rolling. Couisnard comes with seriously high expectations, so I really hope he's ready to shine. Honestly, Hannibal and Anderson shouldn't be forced to contribute too much, so they can be brought along at a reasonable pace without the pressure of having to start and lead early. McCreary could be more important based on our needs in the paint. I hope he's ready to contribute.
  7. Gamecocks men's basketball released roster and Jersey numbers Friday South Carolina basketball on Friday released all kinds of numbers. Jersey numbers, heights, weights USCSPORTS.COM. The 2019-20 season is five months from tipping off, but you now know incoming freshman guard Trae Hannibal is 6-foot-1, 217 pounds and will be wearing No. 12, Tennessee Tech graduate transfer forward Micaiah Henry is 6-9, 235 and will be wearing No. 13 and Keyshawn Bryant will keep No. 24, but the 6-6 swingman is up to 197 pounds. USCSPORTS.COM Returners No. 00 A.J. Lawson No. 1 T.J. Moss No. 5 Jermaine Couisnard No. 10 Justin Minaya No. 14 Nathan Nelson (walk-on) No. 20 Alanzo Frink No. 21 Maik Kotsar No. 24 Keyshawn Bryant No. 52 Jair Bolden Newcomers No. 2 Trey Anderson No. 4 Jalyn McCreary No. 12 Trae Hannibal No. 13 Micaiah Henry No. 15 Wildens Leveque No. 23 Mike Green (walk-on) No. 25 Seventh Woods (walk-on/ineligible in 2019-20)
  8. What USC plans for Seventh Woods as his Gamecock career begins June 19, 2019 South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin discusses the addition of transfer Seventh Woods to the Gamecocks roster. .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%}
  9. MBB: Summer Press Conference Wednesday, June 19 South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin will be available to the media on Wednesday, June 19, in the media room at Colonial Life Arena at 11:30 AM ET to discuss the offseason, the upcoming NBA Draft and the 2019-20 newcomers. Please email SID Emily Miles with any questions.
  10. Gamecocks Welcome Seven Newcomers For 2019-20 Campaign June 17, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced his incoming class for the 2019-20 campaign on Monday. The seven-member group is comprised of five freshmen and two upperclassmen transfers, including: Trey Anderson (Fr. – F – 6-5 – San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Woodstock Academy), Mike Green (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Myrtle Beach, S.C./Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach), Trae Hannibal (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville), Micaiah Henry (Gr. – F/C – 6-9 – Decatur, Ga./Columbia High School/Tennessee Tech), Wildens Leveque (Fr. – F/C – 6-10 – Brockton, Mass./Gould Academy), Jalyn McCreary (Fr. – F – 6-8 – Marietta, Ga./Legacy Early College High School) and Seventh Woods (Sr. – G – 6-1 – Columbia, S.C./Hammond School/North Carolina). (CLICK TO VIRE FULL ARTICLE)
  11. National analyst eyeing Lawson for nation's top point guard June 12, 2019, | 247sports Former ESPN correspondent Andy Katz, who now works with NCAA.com, has his early watch list out for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the best point guard in the country in college basketball. South Carolina rising sophomore A.J. Lawson is on that list of 25 total players that were identified by Katz heading into the 2019-20 season. Lawson is ranked as the No. 16 point guard on the list. (CLICK TO VIEW) Free article
  12. Former Gamecock coach Darrin Horn lands new head coaching job April 24, 2019 Former South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn is back in the coaching business again. After leading the Gamecocks to a 60-63 overall record from 2008 to 2012, Horn has been an assistant at Texas since 2015. Now, though, he is rejoining the head coaching ranks. Per CBS Sports reporter Gary Parrish, Horn will become the new head coach at Northern Kentucky:
  13. JUNE 7, 2019 by CHRIS BY SPURSUPSHOW So What Exactly Are The Gamecocks Getting In UNC Transfer Seventh Woods? Been a long time coming, but Seventh Woods is officially a Gamecock. Woods made the news officially official on his Instagram page this morning, posting a Boomerang of his Carolina Card and other orientation materials. A highly regarded recruiting coming out of high school, Woods didn’t make the impact many thought he would at UNC. His best year in Chapel Hill came this past season, when he averaged just 2.5 PPG, 1 RPG and 2.1 APG. So the question stands: what exactly are the Gamecocks getting from the local product? Defense In limited action, Woods showed a willingness to get in defenders faces and make scoring very difficult. We all know the style of basketball Frank Martin wants to play: slow the game down, play tough defense and grind out wins. Woods isn’t EXACTLY his prototype guy and still won’t be their best defender. However, the fact he’s shown before he’s willing to put his face in the fan and play defense has to be a welcoming site to Frank Martin. Athleticism Just take a look at the video above and tell me you don’t see a guy who is athletic. While the numbers didn’t pan out for Woods at UNC, there is no lack of talent. Simply put: this kid has the physical tools to get it done. Quickness, agility and a high basketball IQ are all things that Woods possesses and Martin will look to pull out of him from the moment he steps on campus. Personally, I don’t think there are many guys on USC’s current roster that have the pure athletic ability this kid has. Shooting Ability The points per game never showed it, but Woods is a high quality shooter as well. In limited action, Woods shot 41.9% from the field last season, including 40% from three-point range. He’ll need to improve from the charity stripe, where he shot just 64.3% overall. Still, this is a guy that you have to believe hasn’t hit his full potential yet when it comes to being a scorer of the basketball. Conclusion Yes, there are a LOT of people who will say that Woods should have never left Columbia. However, I think fans should be happy to get this kid either way. Even with the lackluster numbers, a change of scenery may be just what Woods needs to get to the elite level most were expecting. Woods will enroll as a walk-on and have two years to play one for the Gamecocks. I’m expecting Frank Martin to really push this kid hard to get the best out of him he has to offer. Only time will tell if Woods can be the guy in garnet and black most fans envisioned he would as a star prep player.
  14. Speculation on the way too early starting five. Here’s my prediction: *Bolden (or Hannibal) Lawson Minaya Henry Kotsar First Reserves: Moss Couisnard Bryant Frink McCreary RS Candidates: Anderson Leveque Green * I believe Bolden will start the season at PG due to his experience but Hannibal will take over by the time SEC play begins
  15. I must admit I'm pleasantly happy at the roster stability this offseason! Only one player transferred out. This is very refreshing considering the previous years and current state of college basketball in general! Great job Coach Frank!
  16. Lawson Withdraws From NBA Draft Men's Basketball | 5/28/2019 Story Links COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina rising sophomore guard A.J. Lawson announced via his social media accounts on Tuesday that he will withdraw his name from the 2019 NBA Draft and return to South Carolina for his sophomore campaign. Lawson, who will be Carolina's top returning scorer and assist maker next season, was a 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree. (CLICK TO VIEW)
  17. AJ Lawson has until the end of the day tomorrow (May 29th) to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft. time is a ticking...
  18. Report: South Carolina basketball adds reigning Sweet 16 team to schedule May 24, 2019 A reigning Sweet 16 participant is coming to Colonial Life Arena this upcoming season. South Carolina will host Houston, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Thursday. (READ MORE)
  19. ‘A hard decision.’ Frank Martin updates AJ Lawson’s NBA Draft status as deadline nears May 15, 2019 A long way from where the NBA Combine is being held this week, A.J. Lawson is taking another step in his draft process. South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Wednesday that his All-SEC guard is heading to the West Coast for workouts with NBA teams. “(Lawson) went home to Toronto,” Martin said after a speaking engagement at Shaw Air Force Base. “I think he was flying today or tomorrow to Los Angeles. He’s going to spend 10 days there and go to his workouts from LA. And then he’s going to make a decision after that.” Lawson, who made the SEC’s all-freshman team in 2018-19 after averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists, has until May 29 to decide whether he wants to remain in the draft or return to the Gamecocks for a sophomore season. (READ MORE)
  20. South Carolina has an open scholarship. Here are some options, including Seventh Woods April 30, 2019, | THE STATE The night before Seventh Woods — a point guard with a four-star rating and an eye-opening YouTube reel — committed to North Carolina, the Hammond star wrestled with the thought of staying home for college. The fact Frank Martin and the Gamecocks got that far in Woods’s recruitment was an upset of sorts, former Hammond coach Mark McClam told The State last summer. (MORE)
  21. Gamecocks looking for a big man. Some names on the grad transfer market April 26, 2019 South Carolina basketball was already down its top big man from last season with Chris Silva’s departure. Jason Cudd transferring wasn’t a surprise given the smaller role he held, but Felipe Haase, whose transfer came out on Thursday, had averaged 21.5 minutes per game his first two seasons. It leaves the Gamecocks with a frontcourt that looks like this:(READ MORE)
  22. VIDEO & NOTES: Coach Dawn Staley talks transfers and more April 17, 2019 When the news broke last week four South Carolina women’s basketball players had entered the transfer portal and intended to leave the Gamecocks, three of the names seemed to make some kind of sense. LaDazhia Williams and Bianca Jackson weren’t likely to get much playing time as juniors and wanted opportunities elsewhere. Te’a Cooper had been expected to go pro after this year anyway. But forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan’s decision was a shock. The rising senior already ranks fifth in program history in blocked shots and was expected to play a pivotal role for the Gamecocks in 2019-2020. Yes, coach Dawn Staley had docked her playing time for undisclosed reasons in one NCAA tournament game, but she had become a fan favorite and potential All-SEC player in her final season. On Wednesday, however, South Carolina confirmed Herbert Harrigan would actually be returning to the program after all and withdrawing her name from the transfer portal. In her end-of-year press conference, Staley gave some insight into why Herbert Harrigan wanted to transfer in the first place and what was done to repair their relationship. The pair met last week as part of the coaching staff’s annual post-season meetings, and it was then, Staley said, that she first got a sense of what was bothering the star player. “I thought in our discussions, Kiki wanted to revisit how I saw her in our program, and when you don’t know (how I see you), you tend to think the worse, like I’m not needed, and that’s furthest from the truth,” Staley said. “I think with maturity and growing up and understanding your worth, some players need to hear it. They need it verbalized to them to make them a lot more comfortable. Kiki is one of those players that needed to hear it. She’s a tough player. You think she’s tough-minded, but she’s 21 years old, and sometimes 21-year-olds need to hear it in order for them to have a certain comfort level. “That’s on me. I should have done a better job of not allowing that space in which she could think negative thoughts and then give it to her support system.” Staley added that she has frank discussions with players about how she sees them fitting into South Carolina’s system and what she thinks they can accomplish in the future during the recruiting process, but updating those views, reaffirming them and allowing players’ voices to be heard can be critical. “I think when you sit down and actually talk to a young person and figure out what it is that bothers them, what it is that moves them, what it is that they aspire to become, the conversations are a lot better,” Staley said. “When you’re having to hear from other people other than the source — and I’m our team’s biggest source. I’m the one that really can have the biggest impact in their life, but I also am a truth-teller. And it’s not always something that they want to hear, but I also through this process learned that I have to sit down and give them a voice and let them talk and let them figure out what they want in life and we put a plan together and we work towards that.” Along those lines, Staley said she believes she and Herbert Harrigan will have much better communication about hopes and expectations moving forward. With that in mind, Staley said she has high hopes for Herbert Harrigan’s senior campaign. “I anticipate Kiki to have an incredible season. I think she’s one of the best players in our conference on both sides of the ball,” Staley said. “There’s room for her to grow. Obviously her handle has to get better going both ways. She’s very strong going right. We got to work that left hand in order for her to balance out what she’s doing from driving right. “Her midrange is great, her 3 ball is pretty consistent when she shoots it. Defensively, I just think she needs to work a little bit harder, not just getting blocked shots, because that’s a form of defense, but it’s not the total package when it comes to defending. So we have to bump her up in those areas and get her ready to be drafted in the WNBA draft next year.”
  23. USC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL South Carolina’s recruits respond to recent transfers: ‘All of us are still coming’ In roughly two months, the wildly talented, highly decorated, much hyped, No. 1 ranked recruiting class for South Carolina women’s basketball will officially arrive on campus and get to work. (That’s not counting ESPN’s No. 10 overall prospect, Laeticia Amihere, who enrolled a semester early after a knee injury ended her senior season) Initially, this group of freshmen was supposed to come in and face stiff competition for playing time with a long list of returners. Now, the youngsters might be pressed into larger-than-expected roles, after four Gamecocks entered their names in the transfer portal last week, including a pair of likely starters in Te’a Cooper and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan. The departure of nearly half of last season’s non-seniors, all in the span of roughly 24 hours, raised some concerns and questions from fans — when other programs have lost that many players at once, it typically has indicated wider turmoil. And for recruits, losing players with whom they may have already bonded during visits can be difficult. But the newest group of Gamecocks remain firm in their commitment to coach Dawn Staley and the program, they told The State. “I wish everyone who’s leaving the best of luck no matter where they go, and I’m very thankful to them because of the platform they set at South Carolina and everything they’ve done for the basketball team and university,” in-state sharpshooter Olivia Thompson said. “It’s unfortunate, and it’s a loss that they’re leaving, but that’s part of it and it happens to every team, so you can’t dwell on it.” Staley reached out to the recruits in a group text to inform them of the transfers, and Toledo, Ohio, guard Zia Cooke, the No. 7 overall player in the nation, said she responded to her future coach with a simple message. “I just texted her (Monday) and let her know, I know she’s going through a lot because she’s got a lot of people leaving, but I just want her to know I’m still coming, and all of us are still coming, and I have her back regardless of the situation of who we have and who don’t we have. I’m not going to change my decision based off of people leaving,” Cooke said. Rock Island, Illinois, wing Brea Beal, the No. 13 overall player in the class, also said the transfer decisions did not worry her at all and said Staley took time to express support for the departing players. “She’s just saying she wishes everybody the best doing different things … everybody’s gotta do what’s best for them,” Beal said. No. 3 overall recruit Aliyah Boston, a forward based out of Worchester, Massachusetts, did not respond to an interview request.
  24. Williams and Jackson - No surprise. Writing on the wall with the class coming in. Cooper - not a huge surprise. Some folks were saying mid-season that she wouldn't be back. Harrigan - somewhat of a surprise. She would have still likely have been a starter if she could keep her head on straight. Obviously, her off the court problems that led to her not starting - must have led to some kind of hard feelings.
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