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  1. Gamecocks Host Columbia International In Exhibition Wednesday Men's Basketball | 10/29/2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina men's basketball team will host Columbia International on Wednesday night in an exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the free admission matchup is set for 7 p.m. There will not be an audio or video stream of Wednesday's exhibition contest. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. 5 things to watch: USC motivation to win exhibition basketball game is pretty simple Oct. 29, 2019 South Carolina on Wednesday will host Columbia International University in an exhibition game at Colonial Life Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. By 9 p.m., USC coach Frank Martin is hopeful Gamecock fans are still excited about his 2019-20 team. In other words, he hopes CIU doesn’t pull an Augusta. “I’d like to win,” Martin said, “so contrary to last year people don’t freak out because we’re going to be a bad basketball team.” (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  3. Gamecocks Host Columbia International In Exhibition Wednesday Men's Basketball | 10/29/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links LIVE STATS SEASON TICKET INFORMATION VIDEO: FRANK MARTIN WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina men's basketball team will host Columbia International on Wednesday night in an exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the free admission matchup is set for 7 p.m. There will not be an audio or video stream of Wednesday's exhibition contest.Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to the game versus the Rams for trick-or-treating with Cocky on the concourse at halftime (clear plastic bags for candy collection will be provided). Also, any children that wear their costume to the exhibition will receive two free tickets to the men's basketball regular-season opener set for Nov. 6 versus North Alabama at Colonial Life Arena. ** Note regarding costumes: no masks or props will be permitted inside Colonial Life Arena. If bringing your own trick-or-treat bag, please make sure it adheres to the Arena's clear bag policy.PARKING INFORMATIONParking will be available for Wednesday's exhibition for $10 in the Discovery Garage, as well as in Lot B. Additionally, season parking passes for Lots A and B will be honored. NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina enters its 112th season of varsity basketball in 2019-20, and is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 246-160 record in his 12 seasons as a head coach, and a 129-106 record as he begins his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In non-conference play, Carolina will host five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, where matchups against Wichita State, and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa await. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena.> The Gamecocks return 43.9 percent of its scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.> Three who started the majority of the SEC campaign return for the Gamecocks, including sophomore guard AJ Lawson (14.0 points per league game), sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant (8.8 ppg) and senior forward Maik Kotsar (5.9 ppg).> Eight Gamecocks were honored last spring for their outstanding work in the classroom with SEC All-Academic accolades, and senior forward Maik Kotsar was named to the NABC Honors Court, as well. QUOTABLE
  4. Looking at the Gamecocks starting lineup as Men's basketball practice begins Sept. 30, 2019 Gamecocks on Monday began its first official basketball practice for the 2019-20 season. It came with a Gamecock-produced hype video that included shots of A.J. Lawson’s dunk against Ole Miss, Keyshawn Bryant slams one inside Colonial Life Arena. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. 2020 SEC Men’s Basketball Schedule Released Men's Basketball | 9/10/2019 | GCF Staff Report COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Southeastern Conference released on Tuesday its 2020 men's basketball league schedule. South Carolina opens conference play at Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 7, against Florida. The Gamecocks will have five Saturday home contests in SEC action, and will host five opponents that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. In addition to the Gators, Carolina will host Georgia, Kentucky, reigning conference champion LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt in 2020. After opening the conference slate with Florida (Tues., Jan. 7, 7 PM, ESPN/2/U), the Gamecocks will travel to Tennessee (Sat., Jan. 11, 1 PM, SECN) for a Saturday contest against the Vols. Up next is a matchup with Kentucky (Wed., Jan. 15, 6:30 PM, SECN) in Columbia, before a pair of road contests at Texas A&M (Sat., Jan. 18, 1 PM, SECN) and at 2019 Final Four participant Auburn (Wed., Jan. 22, 7 PM, ESPN2/U). Carolina concludes the month of January hosting Vanderbilt (Sat., Jan. 25, 8 PM, SECN), before a trip to Arkansas (Wed., Jan. 29, 8:30 PM. SECN). The Gamecocks begin February at home against Missouri (Sat., Feb. 1, 3:30 PM, SECN), before traveling to Ole Miss (Wed., Feb. 5, 7 PM, SECN). The Aggies make the return trip to Columbia the following Saturday (Feb. 8, 1 PM, SECN), and Carolina travles to Georgia (Wed., Feb. 12, 6:30 PM, SECN) the following week. Three of the next four contests will be played at home, starting with a Saturday evening contest against Tennessee (Feb. 15, 6 PM, SECN), followed by a mid-week road matchup at Mississippi State (Wed., Feb. 19, 9 PM, SECN). Back-to-back home games are up next, as LSU (Sat., Feb. 22, 8 PM, ESPN/2/U) travels to Columbia, before Georgia (Wed., Feb. 26, 6:30 PM, SECN) makes the return trip. Carolina travels to Alabama (Sat., Feb. 29, 8:30 PM, SECN), before closing the final week of the season with a home contest against Mississippi State (Tue., March 3, 6:30 PM. SECN), and the regular season finale at Vanderbilt (Sat., March 7, 12:30 PM, SECN). The SEC Tournament will once again be held in the Music City at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, March 11-15.Season ticket deposits for the upcoming 2019-20 season of Gamecock men's basketball are currently being accepted. Prices remain unchanged from last season, with full season packages starting for as low as $69 for the popular Mobile Pass season ticket. Fans can purchase lower level season tickets for $260 (Gamecock Club membership required for sections 104-106, 113-115), the Coke Family Sections are available for $600 (four tickets) and upper level tickets are available (no Gamecock Club membership required) for $90 in the baseline value sections, and $200 in other sections. University Faculty/Staff members receive a 20% discount on lower level and upper level ticket prices. Fans interested in buying season tickets for the upcoming campaign can place a deposit by visiting ItsGreatToBeAGamecock.com, or by calling the Gamecock Ticket Office at 1-800-4SC-FANS. The complete 2020 SEC schedule is below:Tue., Jan. 7, Florida, 7 PM, ESPN/2/USat., Jan. 11, at Tennessee, 1 PM, SEC NetworkWed., Jan. 15, Kentucky, 6:30 PM, SEC NetworkSat., Jan. 18, at Texas A&M, 1 PM, SEC NetworkWed., Jan. 22, at Auburn, 7 PM, ESPN2/USat., Jan. 25, Vanderbilt, 8 PM, SEC NetworkWed., Jan. 29, at Arkansas, 8:30 PM, SEC NetworkSat., Feb. 1, Missouri, 3:30 PM, SEC NetworkWed., Feb. 5, at Ole Miss, 7 PM, SEC NetworkSat., Feb. 8, Texas A&M, 1 PM, SEC NetworkWed., Feb. 12, at Georgia, 6:30 PM, SEC NetworkSat., Feb. 15, Tennessee, 6 PM, SEC NetworkWed., Feb. 19, at Mississippi State, 9 PM, SEC NetworkSat., Feb. 22, LSU, 8 PM, ESPN/2/UWed., Feb. 26, Georgia, 6:30 PM, SEC NetworkSat., Feb. 29, at Alabama, 8:30 PM, SEC NetworkTue., March 3, Mississippi State, 6:30 PM, SEC NetworkSat., March 7, at Vanderbilt, 12:30 PM, SEC Network Home games in boldAll times listed in Eastern and subject to change
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. AJ Lawson leads Canada over Australia in game one of the FIBA world Championship tournament 23pts, 8rbs, 4asts, 2stls. Confidence at all time high. Keep pushing.
  10. 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.
  11. Gamecocks Welcome Seven Newcomers For 2019-20 Campaign June 17, 2019 Men's Basketball | 6/17/2019 | From USC Sports Informatiob | GCF Staff Report Story Links CLICK TO PLACE A SEASON TICKET DEPOSIT 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). "We are extremely excited about the quality and talent of this recruiting class," Martin said. "Our staff continues to piggy back on the momentum of our program to recruit high-character, highly-talented young men." Below is a brief bio and quote from Martin on each newcomer: Trey Anderson (Fr. – F – 6-5 – San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Woodstock Academy) Following prep career, spent a post-grad season at Woodstock Academy, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game Averaged 16.7 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game to help lead Mater Dei Catholic squad to a league championship title and a berth in the San Diego Section Open Division semifinal playoffs as a senior Named the 2017-18 Mesa League Player of the Year (The Star News) as a senior Labeled as a strong shooter, who is a competitor with great length Martin on Anderson…"Trey is a 6-5 athletic wing, that can shoot the basketball. He's very competitive and multi-talented defensively, so we're excited about the possibilities of what he can contribute right away." Mike Green (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Myrtle Beach, S.C./Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach) Scored over 2,000 points during prep career, while also pulling down over 600 rebounds and dishing out over 500 assists Named South Carolina Independent Schools Association 2018-19 AA All-State by the High School Sports Report Played varsity as an eighth grader, averaging 15 points per game Noted as a player with high-level shooting ability and excellent vision Martin on Green…"Mike, who is from the Myrtle Beach area, turned down numerous scholarship offers because of his belief in who we are as a basketball program and his willingness to play for his state. He has come here paying his own way, and doing everything in his power to earn a scholarship as we move forward." Trae Hannibal (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville) Named the Class 4A co-Player of the Year as a senior at Hartsville, finishing his prep career with over 1,500 points, which included a 62-point performance in his final high school contest Also named the Florence Morning News' boys basketball player of the year as a senior, when he averaged 26.8 points per game Averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a junior at Hartsville, also earning all-state honors Noted as a player with great athleticism, who plays with pace Martin on Hannibal…"Trae is a young man from Hartsville [S.C.], who scored 62 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in his final high school game. He is a dynamic point guard, who has size, strength, basketball skill and IQ. We're extremely excited about who he will become in his time at South Carolina." Micaiah Henry (Gr. – F/C – 6-9 – Decatur, Ga./Columbia High School/Tennessee Tech) Graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech where he averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 31 appearances in 2018-19 Hit 50 percent or better from the floor each of his three seasons with the Golden Eagles, including a career best 61.5 percent as a redshirt-sophomore During prep career at Columbia High School, averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior, en route to First Team All-Region accolades Graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in finance Martin on Henry…"Micaiah is a graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech, who is a 6-9 low-post player that is comfortable playing with his back to the basket. He has really good hands, and he is a highly-competitive young man that has a tremendous feel of how to score around the basket." Wildens Leveque (Fr. – F/C – 6-10 – Brockton, Mass./Gould Academy) Averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior at Gould Academy, earning NEPSAC AA Honorable Mention accolades Noted as the No. 2 player in the state of Massachusetts by ESPN.com Named All-NEPSAC AA following senior season Labeled as a competitive player with great form on his shot Martin on Leveque…"Wildens is a 6-10 athletic center, who knows he is a back-to-the basket player. He is a rim protector, he's a runner, and he has real good hands, so he can figure out a way to help on offense and defense from the word go." Jalyn McCreary (Fr. – F – 6-8 – Marietta, Ga./Legacy Early College High School) Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a senior at Legacy Early College Named a USA Today South Carolina All-State Second Team honoree after helping his squad to a 34-5 overall record during senior campaign Scored 18 points to lead his team to the USA National Prep Tournament Championship in March Noted as an athletic combo forward with good court awareness Martin on McCreary…"Jalyn is a 6-8 athletic, aggressive forward, who is freakishly athletic. In the open court, he is a finisher from the mid-range and he is a dunking highlight reel, a lot like Keyshawn Bryant."
  12. 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)
  13. This future USC big man is taking a humble approach to a potential big opportunity May 07, 2019 Wildens Leveque has no feel for how his South Carolina basketball career will end, but the near-future Gamecock has already envisioned how it will begin. “The first practice,” Leveque said, “I’m accepting the fact that I’m going to get my butt kicked by guys who have been working, who have been going through college workouts for years.” (READ MORE)
  14. Five things to know about Jalyn McCreary, South Carolina’s latest basketball signee May 06, 2019 South Carolina basketball on Friday officially signed the fourth member of its 2019 recruiting class. Jalyn McCreary’s commitment came months after Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Trey Anderson did the same, but that hardly diminishes its importance. McCreary is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward who, according to both 247 Sports and Rivals, ranks as the Gamecocks’ top incoming freshman. Here are five more things to know about McCreary: 1. MCCREARY’S PLAYING STYLE FITS WHAT USC COULD LOOK LIKE NEXT SEASON Frank Martin, who knows Carolina’s personnel better than anyone, has already stated that the 2019-20 Gamecocks will play different than past teams. With Chris Silva’s departure, USC doesn’t present a proven post threat. What it does have is a bunch of long athletes who can run and do damage from the perimeter. Involve McCreary with A.J. Lawson, Keyshawn Bryant and Justin Minaya? He’ll take it. “I’m an athlete myself,” McCreary said. “I like to jump and run the floor. I fit in to players that have athleticism. Yeah, it’ll be a good bond.” B.J. Jackson, McCreary’s coach at Legacy Charter, has a feel for how Martin might blend McCreary and the 6-6 Bryant at the forward spots. “It’ll be good to watch both of them,” Jackson said. “Keyshawn and Jalyn are explosive athletes. Both of them can do a great job of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. So it should fun watching them next year.” 2. SOUTH CAROLINA’S BIGGEST NEED IS MCCREARY’S DEVELOPING SKILL McCreary averaged 18 points and six rebounds this season for Legacy Charter. If that latter number can translate quickly to the college level, the Gamecocks could use it. Silva grabbed 21 percent of USC’s rebounds last season. “He got better as the year went on,” Jackson said of McCreary’s glass skills. “We do a lot of rebounding and boxing out drills and we try to tell him … ‘With your height, length and your jumping ability, you gotta impact your stats more than just scoring. Fill the other parts, rebounding, block shots,’ which he started doing a better job of blocking shots, getting out with deflections where it leads to steals and stuff. “He was more impactful outside of just scoring as the year went on.” 3. MCCREARY WAS GEORGIA-RAISED ... ON FOOTBALL McCreary lived in Statesboro, Georgia, until he was 6. He then moved to Marietta before arriving at Legacy Charter for his final year of high school. While he excels at basketball now, McCreary was first a running back. “Basketball wasn’t really my main sport,” he said. “Football was my main sport. I quit football in seventh grade and then basketball took over. I started really getting into it.” He credits his mother, Kristie Gordon, for continued support. “She’s a big part of my success,” McCreary said of Gordon, an elementary school counselor in Georgia. “I wouldn’t be here, where I am, without her at all. She sacrificed a lot for me to play basketball, traveling to AAU tournaments and stuff. Definitely sacrificed a lot for me to come here and be away from her.” 4. IT’S HIS NEXT STOP, BUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL DOESN’T TOP HIS WHAT-TO-WATCH LIST Off the court, McCreary admits he doesn’t do a whole lot. He’s not into video games. He just “chills” — and consumes professional basketball. “I don’t really watch too much college basketball,” McCreary said. “I’m an NBA guy, so I watch a lot of NBA.” Favorite player? Kevin Durant. Favorite team? Golden State Warriors, but it used to be the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I’m a Kevin Durant fan, so anywhere he goes, I’m gonna be a fan of,” McCreary said. 5. MCCREARY HAS AN EXTENSIVE SHOE COLLECTION McCreary on Thursday rocked some white low-top Gucci kicks while speaking with The State. Legacy Charter school requires a uniform, so the kind of shoe you wear is one of the best ways to show individuality. McCreary has a bunch to choose from. “I’m a sneaker head,” he said. Jackson confirms. “He has too many shoes,” Jackson said. “I told him, ‘Some of your shoes cost more than my car payment, dude.’ But he’s one of them guys, he loves to wear the fancy shoes. Even when we’re out there for practices and stuff, before we get our team shoes, he’s always flamboyant with himself with the shoes and stuff.” Outlandish kicks complete a look that now includes green in McCreary’s hair. “I really like fashion,” McCreary said. “I’ve been into it since ninth grade.”
  15. 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)
  16. 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)
  17. What are AJ Lawson’s NBA Draft chances? National analyst weighs in on USC freshman April 17, 2019 THE STATE On Dec. 5, less than a week after he scored 25 points and led South Carolina to a win, A.J. Lawson received his first bit of NBA Draft buzz. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic released that afternoon an “NBA Draft Big Board” with a ranking of 100 players for June’s two-round event. No. 1 was Duke’s Zion Williamson. No. 9 was Murray State’s Ja Morant. No. 49 was Lawson. (READ MORE)
  18. The Gamecocks starting lineup options for next basketball season March 29, 2019 Because of a variety of injuries, Frank Martin used six different starting lineups during the 2018-19 South Carolina basketball season. The USC coach mixed and matched his Gamecocks to 16 wins and a fourth place finish in the Southeastern Conference. As it stands now — late March 2019 — it’s not crazy to think Martin could again tweak his starters more than a handful of times next season. The Gamecocks, assuming everyone comes back to good health, have options at a variety of positions. Here’s a way-too-early look-ahead to what’s next: BEST FIVE ON THE FLOOR PG Jair Bolden SG A.J. Lawson SF Justin Minaya PF Keyshawn Bryant C Maik Kotsar Martin suggested earlier this week that it’s likely South Carolina plays differently next season as it adapts to life without Chris Silva. There’s not going to be a proven scoring big man to dump the ball inside to, so perhaps the Gamecocks go small and play with even more pace than they showed last year. Bolden and Lawson are interchangeable in the backcourt, same with Minaya and Bryant at the forward spots. How much weight is added to Bryant’s 6-foot-6, 190-pound frame? The rising sophomore could be a post-up candidate, creating scenes similar to what the 6-5, 211-pound Sindarius Thornwell did as a senior. Defensively, there’s a lot to like about this group. Minaya was USC’s best perimeter defender until he hurt his knee last November. Lawson is coming off a freshman campaign in which he led the Gamecocks in steals. Bolden, a transfer from George Washington, reminds Silva of former Carolina guard Duane Notice. And Kotsar, despite his noted offensive struggles, is still a defensive asset with his ability to guard multiple positions. POINT GUARD HEAVY PG Jair Bolden or Trae Hannibal SG Jermaine Couisnard or T.J. Moss SF AJ Lawson PF Justin Minaya or Keyshawn Bryant C Maik Kotsar Martin said Tuesday he likes playing two point guards and that’s “non-negotiable.” How about three? Bolden, who averaged over 11 points and three assists a game his last season at GW, is plenty capable. Couisnard, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman, is too. Hannibal, a 6-foot-1 incoming freshman from Hartsville, brings an “athleticism, a mindset, a dynamic that we haven’t had at point guard since I’ve been here,” Martin said. And then there’s the 6-foot-6 Lawson, who led the Gamecocks in assists last season. ROOKIE IMPACT PG Trae Hannibal SG A.J. Lawson SF Justin Minaya PF Keyshawn Bryant C Wildens Leveque Martin started T.J. Moss twice at point guard before the rookie went down with a season-ending injury in December. It’s further proof that he’ll play who best fits the situation, no matter a player’s class. Hannibal hasn’t stepped on campus, but his lasting image as a high schooler was a 62-point, 20-rebound performance in a state playoff game. Leveque is 6-10 and is regarded as Silva-esque with his defensive potential. “He blocks shots a higher clip than Chris did when Chris was in high school. He’s a bigger player,” Martin said Tuesday. TRADITIONAL PG Jair Bolden SG A.J. Lawson SF Keyshawn Bryant PF Felipe Haase C Maik Kotsar That’s a 6-3 point guard, 6-6 shooting guard, 6-6 small forward, 6-9 power forward and 6-11 center.
  19. Jamie Shaw posted this on another site hope he does not mind me sharing it here. SC signee Trae Hannibal is simply on another level ... last Friday he played in the inaugural Pee Dee All Star game & CRUSHED it Here are the RAW Highlights of the game ... ENJOY!!

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