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  1. Gamecock coaching staff checks out two April 25, 2019 USC basketball coaches were at Ridge View Wednesday checking on 2020 6-8 Ja’Von Benson and 2021 PG Tyler Rice. Benson sat out last season after transferring from Westside.
  2. ByJOHN WHITTLE 8 hours ago One of the players that the South Carolina Gamecocks have followed on the basketball recruiting trail the longest is class of 2020 four-star forward Terrance Williams (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga), who has a unique relationship with one of the staff members. Williams was coached by assistant Bruce Shingler for the DC Assault when he was 10 years old. The two have maintained a relationship over the years, and that’s a big part of the reason that the Gamecocks are heavily in the mix for one of the top 150 players in the country. “Coach Bruce coached me 10 and under with DC Assault, so we’ve been at it for a long time,” Williams said. “He’s a real cool dude. I like the way he coached me, so if I were to go to South Carolina, I would feel like I had family there to watch over me because we have such a close relationship.” According to this story in the Washington Post, the Gamecocks were at every one of Williams’ games his freshman year at a tournament in April 2017. Two years later, the Gamecocks will be back front and center at his tournaments this weekend. “I talked to them over the weekend,” Williams said. “They talk about how they want me in the program and how I would benefit from their program if I were to go there. They talked about how I’d fit in, and how I’d play early. Coach Martin said he wanted me to come in and play immediately, if I’m ready. They think I can.” Williams was supposed to visit South Carolina in September when the football team took on Marshall but Hurricane Florence canceled that trip. While he doesn’t have a date set up yet, Williams says that he plans to visit the program officially at some point. “I know they’re in the SEC and the conference is very strong,” Williams said. “I know a lot of scouts attend their games and stuff like that. It’s basketball and football there, and I like that. I was going to take a visit down there but it was canceled because of the hurricane.” Williams has already taken two official visits - one to Stanford and another to Virginia - in the recruiting process. “Coaches like my versatility,” Williams said. “I can play three through five, especially with small ball coming into play. A lot of coaches, even Coach Martin, said they can use me in different ways in small ball times. I can stretch the floor with my shooting ability and also go bang inside.” Williams has paid attention to the Gamecocks for a while, just like they’ve paid attention to him. He likes what he sees from head coach Frank Martin. watched them twice this year and I love the way he coaches,” Williams said. “I like his demeanor. He gets on people a lot and wants the best out of you, and that’s what I want in a coach. I want someone who is going to demand the best of me at all times.” Williams is looking for a comfortable environment when he decides on a school.COMMENTS “I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and players,” Williams said. “I want it to be a home away from home. I want to feel at home in the community, and academics and basketball are important to me.” Williams has a 0.9392 rating in the 247Sports Composite, which makes him the No. 145 player in the country. He is considered the No. 93 player in the country by 247Sports.
  3. Top 40 prospect 'thinking a lot' about Carolina By JOHN WHITTLE From 247Sports South Carolina is heavily involved with class of 2020 wing Earl Timberlake (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) and the interest is mutual (CLICK TO READ) subscription required
  4. Green makes it official with Gamecocks By JOHN DEL BIANCO 04/23/2019 On April 1, Mike Green announced he would be walking on to South Carolina's men's basketball team. On Tuesday afternoon it was announced the heralded in-state shooter from Myrtle Beach made it official by signing with the program. Green scored almost 2,500 points over his four-year high school career at Christian Academy Myrtle Beach. (Click here to view article) FROM 247SPORTS
  5. The bulk of USC’s basketball coaching staff was at Keenan Tuesday April 24, 2019, | By SportsTalk Radio Network The bulk of USC’s basketball coaching staff was at Keenan Tuesday for the final day of the next to last recruiting period for this basketball calendar. They were there for a fourth period workout that included 6-5 Dillon Jones. Frank Martin, Chuck Martin and Bruce Singler got some good evaluation time and then the two assistants had a the chance to chat up Jones. “It just reminded me how cool they are,” Jones said. “They are just good people man. They are just good people to be around. I know if I go there I won’t be all uptight. I can relax around them. Coach (Frank) Martin, as soon as I walked in, he was having a conversation with Coach Earl Grant from College of Charleston. They were talking for awhile and by the time it ended we had already started working out. He had to leave so I didn’t get the chance to talk to him. I texted him and told him thanks for coming and he told me he’d be back next week.” USC is the biggest offer Jones has at this point, but he realizes his recruiting is just starting to take shape, so there’s not reason for him to get ahead of himself and start zeroing in on one program. He hasn’t gotten that far yet with the Gamecocks. “Honestly, we didn’t get into all that, I think that’s why Coach Martin told me he would get back to me next week,” he said. “There were so many coaches there today we didn’t have a lot of time to talk one-on-one. When he comes back to visit me again, I’m pretty sure we’re going to start talking more in detail about stuff like that.” Also in to watch Jones today were Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, SC State head coach Murray Garvin, and assistant coaches from Temple and Upstate. The only in home visit he’s had thus far was last week with Appalachian State. Hofstra has talked to him about an in home visit. This coming weekend Jones and his AAU team will compete in a top event in Dallas where he knows he’ll get more exposure in front of coaches, and that he said should lead to more recruiting activity. “Lot of coaches won’t really know what I am (position-wise) until I play this weekend and they get a good feel for what I am, and that’s when schools are going to prioritize me,” Jones said. “The only school that I really know that’s prioritizing me is Appalachian State. I’m a big priority to them. I talk to Coach Young every day. He texts me every day. Coastal Carolina is starting to pick it back up too.” Jones led Keenan to a state championship last season and as his profile has gone up in recruiting, so has interest from basketball-centric schools who are interested in seeing him transfer for his senior season. “That’s possible, but of course I’m just with Keenan right now and finishing up there,” Jones said. “But with the season I had and the good Chick-Fil-A Classic I had, there are a lot of schools that are coming at me right now, but we’ve got to see what’s the best opportunity. If I have the opportunity to take it to another level I will, that’s just what it’s about man. As of right now, I will be back at Keenan, but I’m just saying, don’t be surprised if I do make a move. Let’s just say that.”
  6. 'There’s not a lot he can’t do,’ AAU coach says of 2021 Gamecock target April 19, 2019 With time to kill before his own game, Dillon Jones hovered around a court in Spartanburg last Saturday and picked his spots when to give advice to players on a younger version of the Upward Stars AAU team. Jones, a guard/forward on Upward’s 17-and-under squad, at one point called over Bryce McGowens, a guard on Upward’s 16-and-under bunch. “He’s gonna be really good,” Jones said. “I was telling him, ‘Just keep pressure on them As long as you put pressure on people, they’ll be on their heels the whole time and that’s when you can get the best of them.’” Jones is 2020 recruit with offers from the likes of South Carolina, Appalachian State, Charlotte and Coastal Carolina. McGowens is a 2021 recruit whose offer list — which already includes Clemson, LSU, Nebraska and St. John’s — is expected to grow this summer and beyond. The listed 6-foot-4, 160-pounder is rated by Big Shots as SC’s No. 2 player in the ‘21 class. McGowens, rated No. 66 nationally by Rivals, is coming off his sophomore season at Wren High School in which he averaged 26 points per game. USC assistant coach Perry Clack popped in last week for a visit. “They said they already know I can play,” McGowens said. “But they still wanted to get a better relationship with me, get to know me more as a person. “Coach Perry, he’s a real cool guy. You can talk about mostly anything with him.” McGowens got an up-close view of the recruiting process just a year ago when his brother, Trey, picked Pittsburgh over 40 offers. The 6-3 Trey McGowens went on to average 11.6 points per game as a Pitt freshman. “It really leads me into what I have to do in order to get to the next level,” Bryce McGowens said of what he’s gained from watching his brother. Bryce McGowens was part of a Wren team that won 22 times and lost to Ridge View in the Class 4A Upper State title game. In was in that game when McGowens was injured after a dunk attempt on Malcolm Wilson, Ride View’s 6-11, Georgetown-bound center. He returned to the floor last weekend as Upward competed in the Adidas Gauntlet Series. “He’s gotten a lot better,” Jones said. “He’s a great player.” Added Upward coach Nori Johnson: “He can play on the ball, off the ball. What’s very unique with that length, I think he can guard four positions. That’s the way of the game now. He’s perfect for any scheme or anything anybody will want to do because he is so skilled. He possess the ability to shoot the ball, he can put it on the floor, create his own shot. There’s not a lot he can’t do.” McGowens said he’s taken two unofficial visits to Clemson. Trips to USC — and other big schools — are likely in his near-future. “I’m just trying to work on my game right now,” McGowens said. “Whatever comes along, comes along.”
  7. Busy spring is ahead for Dorman’s 6-10 PJ Hall April 15, 2019 | By SportsTalk Radio Network 6-10 PJ Hall of Dorman has his hands full this spring. He has his AAU schedule with Upward Stars along with his baseball schedule. And there’s the next stage of recruiting for him, the in-home visits. Those started for him last week with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes. Fresh off his lucrative contract extension from the Vols, Barnes showed up at 12:01 PM Thursday, the first allowable minute, to visit with Hall at his school. “It went very well,” Hall said. “I Got to talk for around 45 minutes with the Tennessee staff. It was nothing serious, just hanging out having a good time.” Hall also said USC coach Frank Martin was scheduled to be in to see him and his teammate PG Myles Tate but he had to postpone that visit for another time. Martin and Clemson’s Brad Brownell continue to play a prominent role in Hall’s recruiting. “They are sitting real well, I like both programs, the coaching staffs, both head coaches,” Hall said. “Frank Martin, Brad Brownell, they are incredible coaches. I hear from both staffs regularly. They’re just checking in, just some small talk, just making sure I know they really care about me.” Right now Hall said USC, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Kansas State and Virginia have been in regular contact. Another school two watch out for with Hall could be Virginia Tech now that Mike young is the head coach. Young, the former Wofford head coach, was an assistant coach with the Terriers when Hall’s father played there and could use his new position in the ACC as an attraction he couldn’t offer while at Wofford. Hall said he’s known Young most of his life. Hall said he won’t take officials until the summer or later because of his baseball and AAU schedule right now, and he does plan to sign in November.
  8. Forward Jalyn McCreary is taking an official visit to USC March 29, 2019 6-7 Forward Jalyn McCreary of Legacy Charter in Greenville is taking an official visit to USC this weekend according to HoopSeen. He has offers from Xavier, Georgia State, Charlotte, USF, Jacksonville, Murray State, and Georgia Southern.
  9. One future Gamecock scouts another: ‘Jalyn is super athletic, a beast on the boards.’ April 04, 2019 There were two notable parts to Mike Green’s conversation with Frank Martin on Monday. First and foremost, the Myrtle Beach guard told the South Carolina coach he was committing to the Gamecocks. Secondly, Green told Martin he was planning to forward the news to a player USC was seeking. Green goes back a couple years with Jalyn McCreary. The two ran on the same Southern Stampede (Georgia) AAU team in 2017. The fact they both pledged to USC on the same day was a pure coincidence. “I had called (Carolina assistant coach Bruce) Shingler on Friday and I told him that I wanted to commit,” Green said. “But it was late on Friday and I didn’t want to bother Coach Martin. So I called him on Monday and I was like, ‘I’m going to text Jalyn, too.’ And he was like, ‘All right, he’s actually supposed to call me later tonight. Hopefully he has some good news.’ “So we had no idea.” McCreary, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward who attends Legacy Charter in Greenville, announced on Twitter his commitment to South Carolina at 7:21 Monday night. Green, a 6-3, 185-pounder who attends Christian Academy in Myrtle Beach, did the same less than an hour later. Green was a 2,400-point scorer in high schooler who has turned down Division I scholarship offers to USC Upstate and UNC Charlotte to walk on at South Carolina. McCreary, at No. 143 by 247Sports, is the highest ranked Gamecock pledge since Sedee Keita in 2016. “Jalyn is super athletic and he has good court awareness,” Green said. “He knows when to cut, when to drive. He has a soft jumper, too. I think that gets overlooked in his game — a real soft jumper. He’s a beast on the boards. “And he just knows how to play, too. That’s the biggest thing.” McCreary, who had other offers from the likes of Xavier, DePaul and Murray State, averaged 18 points and six rebounds a game last season for Legacy Charter. “I think he’s really good,” said Corey Evans, national recruiting analyst for Rivals. “He found a great fit — both ways around, for the program and for the prospect. He’s a hard nose, tough, versatile prospect who can play the three or the four. Had a really, really good senior year with Legacy Charter there in South Carolina. He really came on towards the end.”
  10. Gamecocks find a small forward they like in Cross April 04, 2019 | SportsTalk Radio Network USC head coach Frank Martin and assistant coach Chuck Martin have identified 6-7 Matt Cross of Beverly, MA as a target for the 2020 class. Cross plays for Woodstock Academy in Connecticut and averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. He said the Gamecock coaches came up to see him a few weeks ago and that jump-started what’s becoming a strong relationship. “I met Frank and Chucky Martin down at my school. They were coming down to watch us play a little pickup and that’s when I first met them,” Cross said. “They talked to me afterwards and said they were interested and it went from there. I’ve developed a relationship with Frank and Chucky, and they wanted to get me down there for an unofficial visit. I went down there when they played Georgia. I sat right behind the bench and everyone was like telling me how Frank would be screaming and this and that, but I love that. I knew from there it would be a good fit. A couple of weeks later, Frank came up to my house and offered me a scholarship and wanted to check out and meet the family. That’s how we developed our relationship.” Not only did Cross enjoy Martin scream and stomp during that Georgia game, he also admired his coaching style. “He’s an old school guy and that’s what I like in him because that’s how the people are I’m around, my coach and my dad,” Cross said. “I thought it was a great fit. I thought he would fit the way I like it and I thought I would fit the way he likes it. I thought he was an honest dude. I’m an old school type of player and I think he likes my toughness and the old school type of game that I think he saw in me.” Cross also holds offers from Penn State, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tulane and St. Joseph’s. He doesn’t want to rush his decision but it definitely appears the Gamecocks will be a factor with him moving forward. “I feel very good about them (Gamecocks). I think I fit their style and I think the way they are they fit my style, so I think it’s a very good fit so far,” Cross said. “I wouldn’t say I’m close yet because the biggest time of my high school career in terms of recruiting will be this spring and summer. So after this spring and summer, I’d say early high school season, I’ll be making my decision.” Cross said he is being recruited for the small forward position.
  11. ByJohn Whittle 8 hours ago South Carolina basketball commitment Mike Green isn’t your average walk-on. He scored almost 2,500 points over his four-year high school career at Christian Academy Myrtle Beach and he addresses a need the Gamecocks have in their program. Green announced his pledge to head coach Frank Martin and the South Carolina program on Monday night to become a fifth member of the recruiting class. He joined the program the same day as Jalyn McCreary, a former teammate who he still keeps in touch with. Assistant coach Bruce Shingler spearheaded Green’s recruitment, which started with South Carolina as a freshman in high school. “I’ve been talking to the coaching staff for a long time, since the end of my freshman year,” Green said. “They explained to me their situation, and they weren’t able to offer me a scholarship, but I can get a lot of academic money and they think I can come in there next year, and if I do what I’m supposed to do, I can give them some good minutes.” Green will have a chance to flourish with the Gamecocks because he can bring serious scoring ability to the program. As a senior, he hit on 54 percent of his three-point field goal attempts and averaged 26.5 points per game as a senior. His final year with the program, he also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game. With his knockdown shooting ability, there’s an opportunity there for Green to create more space on the floor for his teammates. “We’re young, and we’re athletic,” Green said. “I think I can come in and space the floor out, knock down some shots, and that will open the floor up for everyone else to go do their thing. We’re so athletic, spacing is going to be a real key.” Green, who visited South Carolina this season for a football game and basketball games against both Virginia and Georgia, will enroll at South Carolina on June 3 and begin summer class. He’ll also play in the S.C. Pro-Am with the rest of his future college teammates. In addition to Green and McCreary, the Gamecocks have also signed guard Trae Hannibal, wing Trey Anderson and post player Wildens Leveque as a part of the 2019 recruiting class. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 7 in the SEC in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings and No. 45 nationally. On what he likes about Frank Martin ... “I like how real they are. They’re not going to sugar coat anything. They’re real straightforward with you and even though they are straightforward, it comes from the best place in their heart to make us successful in basketball and life. That’s one of the biggest things I got from Coach Martin is he cares about his players as a person and wants them to be successful in life after basketball.” What he's working on between now and the summer ... “The main thing for me is definitely getting ready physically and trying to get my body right. If I get the chance next year, I want to be sure my body is right and can come in and defend, stay in the game athletically with no major gaps there." “On the court, I was talking about it with my coaches yesterday, the biggest thing to work on is to try to get my shot off even quicker. Playing against longer guys, I need to get my shot off a little quicker. I do think I have a pretty quick release right now.” “I’m definitely trying to add more muscle. I want to do a lot of lower body stuff, too, and make sure my legs are strong enough. I want to add more dense muscle. I’m not trying to get too cut up, but I need to be sure to build a strong foundation." On his relationship with Bruce Shingler ... “I talked with Coach Bruce the most. He’s real laid back. When he was recruiting me, he could relate to me and helped me through the decision I was trying to make. He gave me good advice, not only trying to build his recruiting class, but good advice towards helping me make my decision. He was giving me good advice based on what I should do, not just as it relates to South Carolina. He’s real trustworthy.” On his other options ... “I had scholarship offers from Charlotte and USC Upstate. I had some other preferred walk-on offers to high-level programs, but they were all out of state.” “The biggest thing that stood out about South Carolina is its an SEC school and I’m going to be pushing myself everyday on the court to compete and get better,” Green said. “Academically, I can come in as a sophomore because of my high school, dual-enrollment credits.” What he looks forward to most about starting college ... “I’m just looking forward to meeting new people. I’m a social person, so I look forward to meeting new people and trying new things. I’ve lived in Myrtle Beach since I was 5, so looking forward to seeing new people and challenging myself in areas I normally don’t challenge myself in. I’m trying to become a better overall person - more educated, not only in school, but in life.” Green was born in High Point, N.C. Max Prep Page https://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/mike-green-ii/GLIaiUyiEeOZXQAmVebBJg/gendersport/basketball-stats.htm
  12. From Jamie Shaw SC has been recruiting 6’2 junior Tristan Maxwell for a while. Frank Martin has a long standing personal relationship with the North Meck (Charlotte) SGs dad, Vernon. Vernon Maxwell (Mad Max), was a 2-time NBA champ with the Houston Rockets. Tristan is a high scoring shooting guard in the Hassani Gravett mold Here are some highlights of his during his opening weekend ... FWIW, his Team Charlotte team is also an Under Armour sponsored program.
  13. Gamecock Basketball recruiting news April 02, 2019 USC offered 6-6 Matt Cross of Beverly, MA. He also has offers from Penn State, UMass and others. 6-2 Mike Green of Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach plans to be a walk-on with USC next season.
  14. Gamecocks land 3-star big-man Jalyn McCreary April 01, 2019 | SportsTalk Radio Network Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking One day after wrapping up an official visit to USC, 3 star 6-9 Jalyn McCreary of Legacy Charter School in Greenville and Marietta, GA announced a commitment to the Gamecocks. McCreary spent the weekend checking out the program up close and getting to know the coaches and players better. He said he chose the Gamecocks over DePaul and Georgia State, there were several things that attracted him to the Gamecocks. “The facilities, the environment,” McCreary said. “They treat you like you’re one of their’s. The players are real cool and I just felt like I should commit there and it would feel like home. And it’s close to home.” McCreary said the Gamecocks have been recruiting him for about two months and over that period he’s gotten to know Frank Martin and watch him coach up his team. He likes Martin’s style. “He’s very tough, and I know that, and he’s going to coach me even harder and make me better,” McCreary said. “I’ll feed off the energy. I feed off energy like that.” McCreary averaged over 18 points and 6 rebounds per game last season. He said Martin likes him as a three and a four, and he feels he can bring something to the team at either position. “I’m a transition player and rebounder and just try to affect the game,” he said. “Hopefully I can help them win games and make the tournament.” McCreary becomes the fourth commitment for Martin’s 2019 class. He takes the spot vacated by the transfer of 7-0 center Jason Cudd. He will sign his letter-of-intent later this month.
  15. Dan McDonald Rivals.com contributor Four-star power forward P.J. Hall RANK N/A 68 NATIONAL - STATE 10 POSITION P.J. Hall RANK N/A 6'9" | 220 lbs | PF Dorman Roebuck, SC CLASS OF 2020 UNDECIDED finished his junior season at Dorman (SC) High School the way all high school players want to finish their season and that’s by cutting down the nets as a state champion. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game along the way. On the recruiting front, the Class of 2020 prospect has heard from schools all over the country. As you would expect, the schools in the region are really making a strong push. Hall said the schools he talks with the most are Clemson, Florida, Marquette, South Carolina and Tennessee, with all having offered a scholarship. He has visited Clemson, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee unofficially already. IN HIS OWN WORDS RANK N/A 68 NATIONAL - STATE 10 POSITION P.J. Hall RANK N/A 6'9" | 220 lbs | PF Dorman Roebuck, SC CLASS OF 2020 UNDECIDED Hall breaks down some of his visits and his interest in the programs involved in his recruitment. Clemson: “I really like their program. I like their coaching staff. I like how they are the underdog because I have been that my whole life.” Florida: “I love it down there. It’s really nice. My sister is down there playing volleyball. Mike White, Daris Nichols, and all the coaches down there are great. I really like them.” Georgia: “It was nice. I went up there for a football game. Coach [Tom] Crean is a great recruiter, great coach, and great in player development. They have some top recruits coming in and should be really good next year. Marquette: “I’ve talked to them a good bit. I like it. I haven’t been up there yet, but I’ve heard great things. I don’t know Coach Wojo too well yet, but I hear he’s a great guy and great coach.” South Carolina: “Frank Martin is awesome. I love the way he coaches and his intensity. People sees what he does on the court and think he is a jerk, but he’s actually one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He’s a great guy.” Tennessee: “They just had a tough loss in the NCAA Tournament. Come back from down 18 to lose in overtime. I love their program. They are one of the top teams in the nation, but they play like they have no ranking and with a chip on their shoulders.” RIVALS REACTION Hall has been fortunate enough to be able to get out and see all the schools recruiting him the hardest right now outside of Marquette, so he’s a little further along in the process than some of his peers in the 2020 class. Right now, his plan is to finish up his last travel season with the Upward Stars and then move closer to a decision before the early signing period. Handicapping the race for Hall right now is tough. The interview took place right after Tennessee’s tough loss to Purdue in the Sweet 16 and it was clear that he felt bad for the coaches and players. The Vols are definitely a serious player here. Martin has made a really strong impression on him early putting the Gamecocks in play to keep Hall home for college. Florida has his sister down in Gainesville already playing volleyball and White’s staff has done a great job so far too. Don’t rule out Clemson here either as he likes the approach the Tigers staff has taken towards recruiting him and the way they coach. Don’t expect an end to this one too soon.
  16. With the new open scholarship, South Carolina basketball offers a highly-rated in-state recruit March 31, 2019 An opening on South Caroina’s basketball roster for the 2020 season was created earlier in the week when center Jason Cudd decided to transfer. USC coach Frank Martin moved quickly to attempt to fill that spot by inviting 6-foot-8 Jalyn McCreary of Legacy Charter in Greenville in for an official visit over the weekend. McCreary has been a fast riser in basketball recruiting circles, and the native of Acworth, Ga., can now add the Gamecocks to his offer list. “Yes, they offered and I loved it” McCreary said. “The facility and how the coaches show love (stood out). And the players are really cool.” The visit has McCreary thinking about the Gamecocks but he’s yet to render a decision. “Not yet,” he said. “Still thinking.” McCreary also has taken official visits to South Florida and DePaul. He also has offers from Xavier, Charlotte, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Murray State and Georgia Southern. According to MaxPreps, McCreary averaged over 18 points and six rebounds per game this season.
  17. Thursday morning basketball recruiting March 28, 2019 USC is showing interest in 2020 6-9 Obinna Anochili Killen of Chapmanville, WV according to Phenom Exposure. Maryland also has been in contact recently. He’s been offered by Penn State and VCU. 6-5 Asanti Price of Keenan was offered by Kansas State and East Carolina.
  18. Couple potential JUCO Big Man Targets: Gamecocks could try to get involved with Khadim Sy, a 6-10, 245 F from Daytona CC. A native of Dakar, Senegal, Sy spent 2 years at Virginia Tech (started 28 games in 2016-17 as a true freshman but red-shirted 2017-18). He transferred out in August. He will be a Jr/RS next season with 2 years to play 2 https://247sports.com/player/khadim-sy-80635/ This said, you have to wonder if Frank's relationship with Buzz Williams may impact our decision whether or not to pursue Sy. From this article, it sounds like Sy was never happy at Virginia Tech and had briefly transferred out during the 2017-18 year which resulted in him red-shirting. https://www.roanoke.com/hokies/sports/mensbasketball/khadim-sy-transferring-from-virginia-tech-again/article_9c9f33b2-7773-5682-a52a-056ac117dc0d.html Also, Khadim Sy also has a teammate at Daytona CC that is receiving high major interest (Ok St, Arkansas, etc). Doudou Gueye, a 6-9, 220 F also from Dakar, Senegal. It sounds like he is more of an inside/out player than a true post, though. https://247sports.com/player/doudou-gueye-46058711/ https://www.nwahomepage.com/pig-trail-nation/new-2019-hog-offer-doudou-gueye-epitomizes-positionless-basketball/1564170742
  19. Why Frank Martin, South Carolina still recruits without a scholarship available March 27, 2019 THE STATE If a South Carolina basketball player is transferring this off-season, the USC coach has yet to be informed. That’s the way Frank Martin put it Tuesday during a news conference at Colonial Life Arena. “If someone’s leaving,” Martin said, “they haven’t told me.” Martin began exit interviews with the Gamecocks on Monday and will continue that until early next week with Tre Campbell, Hassani Gravett and Chris Silva — Carolina’s departing seniors. “Next week we’ll have a team meeting with all the returning players and we start our weight room sessions and our individual instruction that take us to the end of the semester sometime, third week of April, I think,” Martin said. “That’s the last time we’re able to do stuff on the court with the guys.” As of now, those guys are rising senior Maik Kotsar, juniors Jair Bolden and Felipe Haase and sophomores Keyshawn Bryant, A.J. Lawson, Alanzo Frink, Justin Minaya and Jason Cudd and redshirt freshmen T.J. Moss and Jermaine Couisnard. Incoming freshmen Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Trey Anderson are expected to arrive in June. All together, that’s 13 scholarships, the max for a Division I program. But that’s not going to stop Martin and his staff from continuing to scout the open market for transfers or traditional high school seniors. “You do your university and your team a disservice if you stop recruiting,” Martin said, “and then everyone goes home in May and they get away from here and they get around family and friends and they got convinced like, ‘Hey, you’re probably better off at this other school.’ And then they call compliance and they put their name on the famous (transfer) portal.” The final of three USC players to transfer last spring came April 16 with David Beatty. Later, Rakym Felder (for violation of team rules) and Brian Bowen (to go pro) left, creating a variety of openings. It made for a busy spring, but one where the Gamecocks gained the likes of Bryant (committed June 2) and Lawson (committed June 26). That duo started and averaged a combined 22.4 points per game this season as USC went 16-16 and finished fourth in the SEC. The 6-foot-6 Lawson, an All-SEC freshman team selection, could at least test the NBA Draft waters this spring. “He’s the one guy that, right now, has possibilities,” Martin said of Lawson. “But we’re in the fact-finding information stage to see if it’s something that if it would be worth his time. “The problem is the following: If you can do it, why not do it? If you lose eligibility, then I understand. But if you can declare and go get workouts and get real information in person, why not do it? Who’s getting hurt by that?” Silva went that route last year and returned for an All-SEC senior season. Lawson isn’t popping up on any popular mock drafts this year, but his name has surfaced for the 2020 draft. Players have until April 21 to put their name in for the NBA Draft. A final decision to go pro or come back to school is May 29. Transfer season, however, doesn’t have set deadlines. Jeff Goodman posted to WatchStadium.com on Tuesday a list of 350 transfers already available. “When we recruit guys,” Martin said, “our vision is for them to be here for as long as they want to be here, No. 1, No. 2, have eligibility or are good enough to become a pro. That’s the vision. Having to re-recruit scholarships that are open a year after signing somebody is not fun. “We don’t want to spend 10-12 months developing somebody and getting to know them as a person and then having to replace them with a brand new person a year later. It’s not the way it works. We don’t recruit at this time of year and say, ‘Ohh, this guy’s better than the one I got. Let me push this one out and take him in.’ I’m not saying other people don’t do that. Frank Martin does not do that.” SOUTH CAROLINA 2019-20 SCHOLARSHIP BREAKDOWN SENIORS F MAIK KOTSAR JUNIORS G JAIR BOLDEN* F FELIPE HAASE SOPHOMORES G A.J. LAWSON W KEYSHAWN BRYANT W JUSTIN MINAYA* F ALANZO FRINK C JASON CUDD* FRESHMEN G T.J. MOSS* G JERMAINE COUISNARD* G TRAE HANNIBAL W TREY ANDERSON F WILDENS LEVEQUE *REDSHIRT
  20. 6’9 junior Obinna Anochili Killen was just Named MVP of the WV state title game as well as our Tennessee Phenom 150 camp ... His Chapmanville HS won their 2nd straight state title game where Obinna finished with 12 Points, 12 Boards & 8 Blocks. There are some similarities with Obinna & Chris Silva when it comes to athleticism & natural instincts ... he also shoots the ball well & has ball skills. He scored 36 Points in his 1st game & 38 in his 2nd
  21. Can the Gamecocks pull another big man from Roselle Catholic? February 27, 2019 Frank Martin has developed a bit of a pipeline to one of the top high school basketball programs in the country. Over his time at USC, Martin has gone up to Roselle Catholic in New Jersey and signed Michael Carrera, Chris Silva and Alonzo Frink. He’s now involved with another big from the program in 2020 6-11 PF Clifford Omoruyi, a native of Nigeria. Omoruyi recently visited USC with guardian after playing in a weekend tournament in Charlotte. The Gamecocks have a spot on his list right now according to his coach Dave Boff, but so do a lot of other schools. “He’s being recruited by everybody pretty much and I don’t think he has a top ten or anything like that even yet,” Boff said. “I think they like him a lot. They seem to be very, very interested. We’ll have to get thru this season and let them get thru theirs and things tend to pick up spring of your senior year.” History with a school obviously is helpful in the recruiting game and the Gamecocks may benefit in this case, though Boff says nothing is automatic with any recruiting situation. “I think each kid is different to be honest,” he said. “Each kid’s reason for picking schools are all unique to them. I just think it will depend on how Cliff feels about the different schools that are recruiting him. I don’t know if our relationship with South Carolina, as great as it is, will have too much of an impact one way or another.” Omoruyi also has visited West Virginia, NC State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Massachusetts and others. Miami, Auburn, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Connecticut and also are among his offers. Boff said Omoruyi has the skills to be among the top 50 players in the country. “He’s one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the country I think,” Boff said. “He has a developing offensive game, really coming into his own offensively. Put those things together and he’s a pretty good player.”
  22. USC signee Trae Hannibal shares a message with in-state target Christian Brown February 10, 2019 Christian Brown got a glimpse of the current and future state of the South Carolina basketball program on his unofficial visit over the weekend. The Columbia native, who currently is playing his senior season at Oak Hill in Virginia, took in Saturday’s Gamecocks and Arkansas game. He watched the impact freshmen could have as A.J Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant shined in the 77-65 victory over the Razorbacks. After the game, he hung out with Class of 2019 signee Trae Hannibal for about two hours, and the two got some shots up at Colonial Life Arena. Hannibal posted on his Twitter page a play in which he threw an ally-oop to Brown for a slam dunk. “I have known Trae for some time. It was good to hang out with him while I am home during my break this weekend,” Brown said. Hannibal didn’t put a full recruiting press on Brown but would sure like to have him be part of this year’s class. The Gamecocks currently don’t have a scholarship open for 2019 after signing Hannibal, Trey Anderson and Wildens Leveque, but that could change with any player attrition after the season. “It was great man, for him to be home and actually with me half the day was very fun,” Hannibal said. “I just told him I wasn’t gone pressure him about a decision but we would make a lot of noise not only in the state but the country.” The Gamecocks have been on Brown’s radar for several years and they offered him when he was a sophomore at A.C. Flora. His last unofficial visit to USC came on April 19. Brown played last season at Lower Richland before going out of state to nationally-ranked Oak Hill where he has been healthy and shined playing along with top recruits Cole Anthony, Cam Thomas and one-time South Carolina target Kofi Cockburn. Brown is averaging 13 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season for the Warriors. “I am looking forward to connecting more with coach Martin and developing a relationship with coaches and players,” Brown said of South Carolina. “Coach likes how I am playing at Oak Hill and intends to become more active in the recruiting process. The message I am getting is how young the team is and how they are only going to get better and how I can be a part of that.” Brown will likely make his decision sometime later in the spring after Oak Hill’s season has ended. He is unsure of how many more visits he will take the next month or so because of Oak Hill’s busy travel schedule The 6-foot-7 small forward has taken official visits to Clemson, Georgia and UNLV and an unofficial visit to North Carolina State. Pittsburgh and Illinois also have shown interest and were at HoopHall when Oak Hill played IMG Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts. Brown had 22 points, six rebounds and two steals in that nationally-televised game.
  23. PJ Hall recaps Saturday visit to USC #Gamecocks March 10, 2019, | SportsTalk Radio Network 6-9 PJ Hall of Dorman played the last game of his junior season March 1st at the Colonial Life Arena helping lead the Cavaliers to a third straight state championship. Saturday he was back at the scene of the triumph on an unofficial visit for USC’s Senior Day win over Georgia. Hall was joined by 2020 teammate PG Myles Tate. 6-5 Dillon Jones of Keenan and 6-5 Quentin Hodge of of Lakewood, also in the 2020 class, also were in for visits. “We got there about 12:00 and hung out with (assistant coach) Bruce (Shingler) a little bit,” Hall said. “We watched the game and then hung out a little bit after the game and we kind of had to get out of there.” The reason they had to get out of there was to get to an all-star game in Columbia that tipped at 4:30. Because of that, Hall said he didn’t get much time with head coach Frank Martin. But that didn’t affect the take-away from this visit. “Not necessarily move the needle because my standing with them is pretty high and I like them a lot” he said. “If it would have moved the needle it would have put them pretty high on my list. I like them a lot.” Hall said he doesn’t have any more visits planned right now though he’s thinking of taking an unofficial visit to Marquette. “Coming up is AAU season and I’ll probably start planning my officials,” Hall said “I’m aiming (to decide) before my senior season but if something happens where I wasn’t sure I could push back a little bit.” Hall said at this point four of his official visits probably will be USC, Clemson, Tennessee and Florida. He said the Tigers also remain heavily involved. “I hear from them all the time,” he said. This season Hall averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. He said at his current size he considers himself a four-man primarily because of his defensive skills for that position. He said his doctor has told him he still has a couple of more inches to grow.

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