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  1. 6-6 Ryan Dunn of Freeport, NY, who has had Gamecocks in his top 8, plans to announce his commitment decision Saturday. The others on his short list are Pitt, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Minnesota and Boston College.
  2. Recruiting Notes men's basketball for 09/16/2021 6-7 Deshawndre Washington of Northwest Florida JC was offered by #Gamecocks. He signed with Robert Morris out of high school in Chicago in 2019 but left due to family matters and went home after the first semester. He later enrolled at South Suburban JC in Chicago where last season he averaged 27 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He was named the National Player of the year for division two of junior college. Among his other offers are Missouri, DePaul, Alabama, Arizona State, UTEP, Oregon and Boise State. 6-11 Christ Essandoko of Winston-Salem Christian, who had a USC, offer, named a top 7 of Maryland, Georgetown, Illinois, NC State, Providence, Oral Roberts and Seton Hall.
  3. 2022 South Carolina Basketball Commitment List Last updated: Sept. 15, 2021 Pos. Name Stars State/City Ht. Wt. Date Video G Zachary Davis Denmark SC 6-8 180 6/21/21 .auto-style1 { border-collapse: collapse; } .auto-style4 { color: #800000; } .auto-style6 { color: #0000FF; } .auto-style8 { border-width: 0; }
  4. .auto-style1 { font-size: large; } Gamecocks, Gophers at the top for Reeves Sept. 15, 2021 / SPORTSTALKMEDIANETWORK 7-1 center Christian Reeves of Charlotte, and now at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, said Tuesday night USC and Minnesota are the two programs he’s considering at this point. He took a junior year official visit to USC in June and is considering taking another official visit with the Gamecocks for his senior visit. And he’s working on an official visit date with Minnesota. Reeves said all the Gamecock staff…Frank Martin, Chuck Martin and Brian Steele are the three coaches he could remember…have been involved with his recruiting, and he appreciates the attention he’s been getting from them. “Coach Frank was texting me today. Coach Chuck, we’ve texted this week. Coach Frank, Coach Chuck, Coach Steele and one other coach came up to see me next last week. They are definitely really interested in me,” Reeves said. “”He (Frank Martin) just said that he likes the way that I play, and he just really wants me. Right now, he’s just really trying to get me. Kind of his message is he doesn’t want to be the coach that calls every day and then you get tired of him. He wants me to know that he really wants me.” Reeves said there are a number of reasons the Gamecocks have climbed to the top of his list at this point. “The coaching staff is really interested and I’ve a got a good relationship with all the coaches,” Reeves said. “Their facilities are nice, and the school is nice. They were actually the first visit I ever took unofficially in the ninth grade. They’ve been recruiting me for a while, and we’ve built a really good relationship.” Reeves said Frank Martin plans to make a return visit next week. At this point, he’s not sure if Minnesota is coming down for a visit. Reeves plans to make his decision within the next two months. Once he does, he’ll inform the staff, but he won’t announce anything publicly until his birthday, December 14th. That means he will not sign in November if he sticks to this timetable. In another Gamecock basketball recruiting note, John Whittle of TheBigSpur reported 6-6 Josh Reed of Atlanta has scheduled an official visit to USC for this weekend. Reed has taken official visits to Liberty, Rice and Northwestern. He named a final five in August of USC, Boston College, Northwestern, Butler and Cincinnati.
  5. Gamecocks target 6-10 Christ Essandoko of Winston-Salem Christian will name a top seven schools Wednesday. He visited USC last month Sept. 14, 2021 PER: BasketHoopz 2022 6'10 C Christ Essandoko will announce his Top 7 schools tomorrow. Buffalo, South Carolina, DePaul, Texas A&M, NC State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Providence, Maryland, Georgetown, among many others.
  6. Coach Frank Martin was at Ridge View Thursday for 2023 6-6 GG Jackson. Coaches from North Carolina also were there. Martin and assistants also were at Pace Academy in Atlanta for 6-6 forward Josh Reed and 2024 6-2 Kyle Green. Tar Heel coaches also went over to Lexington High School for 2024 6-5 Cam Smith.
  7. 5-star SF Julian Phillips will take an official visit to USC this weekend. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Tennessee, UCLA & Virginia also in the mix for the South Carolina native.
  8. 7-1 center Christian Reeves reviews official visit with Gamecocks STRecruiting | June 30, 2021 2022 Prospect 7-1 C Christian Reeves 7-1 center Christian Reeves of The Cannon School in Charlotte was definitely the “big man” on campus at USC the last two days. Reeves was in for his official visit with Frank Martin and his staff. He had been to see them previously on unofficial visits, and this time he got a lot more detail about their plans for him should he choose to join. “I’m a focal point for him,” Reeves said. “I’m a player that he really wants. He’s going to push me to get better in practice. Practice is going to be harder than the games. I just need to come in and work and good things will happen for me. The facilities were great. The coaching staff was great and has a lot to offer and can help me achieve my goals. I was feeling great about them before, and it’s still the same way. I’ve been down there a few times and I’ve built a great relationship with the coaching staff. I’m starting to find my way around the facilities. I’ve definitely enjoyed my time that I’ve spent down there.” USC certainly looks to be a player for Reeves as his recruiting heats up. But it’s too soon for him to start considering favorites. “I’m not going to make any type of decision at the earliest I would say the fall, but it probably will be a little bit longer than that,” Reeves said. “But they are definitely high on my list. I’m going to take some more unofficials. This was my first official. Just wanted to get one in before the junior year end since you get five and five. I’ll definitely be taking some more officials this fall, possibly in the spring depending on how everything goes.” Reeves said Clemson, Pitt and Virginia Tech have been talking with him about unofficial visits. They have not offered. Some of his other offers are Tulsa, East Carolina, Lehigh, USF, Charlotte, Boston University and East Tennessee State.
  9. 2024 WBB Recruiting Cycle Commitments: N/A 2024 WBB Prospects offered: 6-2 F Joyce Edwards of Camden (Camden): ESPN HG 4*, #1 F, #1 overall 6-3 F Ella Hobbs of J.M. Robinson H.S. (Concord, NC): ESPN HG 4*, #3 F, #14 overall
  10. Commitments for this Cycle: N/A Prospects Offered: 5-7 PG Milaysia Fulwiley of W.J. Keenan (Columbia): ESPN HG 5* #1 PG, #2 overall 5-8 PG Kamorea Arnold of Germantown H.S. (WI): ESPN HG 5* #2 PG, #6 overall 6-5 P Aalyah Del Rosario of Trenton Catholic (NJ): ESPN HG 5*, #4 P, #18 overall 5-10 G Mari Bickley of Laurel School (OH): ESPN HG 4*, #12 G, #31 overall 5-8 G Lisa Thompson of Joliet West (IL): ESPN HG 4*, #13 G, #32 overall 5-9 G Chloe Clardy of Conway HS (AR): ESPN HG 4*, #17 G, #44 overall 6-1 G Emma Risch of Palm Beach Gardens Magnet (FL): ESPN HG 4*, #20 G, #52 overall 5-10 G Zoe Brooks of Trenton Catholic (NJ): ESPN HG 4*, #22 G, #60 overall 6-4 W/F Ryan Stack of Wren (Piedmont): ESPN HG - N/A
  11. This is the catch-all update thread for the WBB 2021 recruiting class, and all news associated with it. The Gamecock WBB 2021 class consists of 4 prospects that was ranked as the overall #1 class in the 2021 cycle per ESPN. It includes overall #2 5-star PG Raven Johnson, overall #3 5-star G Saniya Rivers, overall #4 5-star F Sania Feagin, and overall #14 5-star G Aubryanna "Bree" Hall. All four prospects have signed with South Carolina, and are scheduled to enroll in the summer, but for right now they are still part of the incoming recruiting class, and therefore all news for them will go here. Once they enroll of course, they are Gamecock student-athletes and any news then would go in the WBB Hoops forum for the program, team, and active players. Most recently, that Gamecock class's high regard was supported by all four being selected to the 2021 McDonald's All-American list. The actual game was not scheduled for 2021 due to covid-19 concerns, but the class of four were the most for the 2021 cycle of any program, and is the most for one class in the program's history: Dawn Staley has coached 13 McD All-American players at South Carolina - 10 of whom she recruited into the program as freshmen. The 2014 class that featured A'ja Wilson was the first multiple player class to participate, but only three of the four 5-star players (Wilson, Jatari White, Bianca Cuevas-Moore) were selected. The 2019 class that included Aliyah Boston, Zia Cooke, Brea Beal, and Laeticia Amihere only had Boston, Cooke, and Beal participate because Amihere was Canadian. Others recruited by the Staley staff included Kelsey Bone (2009), Alaina Coates (2013), Destanni Henderson (2018), and Eniya Russell (2020). Others not recruited but eventually played at South Carolina were Kaela Davis (2013), Te'a Cooper (2015), and Destiny Littleton (2017). So this was a great class. And next season, all six (6) current former McD AA's - Henderson, Boston, Cooke, Beal, Russell, and Littleton - will be eligible to return for 2021-22 and will have the four newcomers added to give Coach Staley a roster of ten (10) McD All-Americans, a first for both the USC program and for Staley. Not to mention a roster consisting of twelve (12) former 5-star talent, with Saxton and Amihere.
  12. Big man headed to Gamecocks right now STR / January 8, 2021 USC basketball coach Frank Martin Thursday night had to announce another stoppage in his season due to Covid. But his recruiting continues and he landed a commitment from 6-11 Tre-Vaughn Minott, a native of Montreal who last attended the NBA Academy Latin America. And not a commitment for next season, but a commitment that starts immediately. Minott arrived in Columbia earlier this week and enrolled in school Wednesday. He will be eligible right away to play for the Gamecocks during the rest of this season. “This is a great opportunity and I’m excited to be down in Columbia putting in the work with their great coaching staff,” Minott told North Pole Hoops. “Above all, I want to get better and help this team win a championship.”
  13. Gamecock reach out to Texas Tech transfer shooting guard 6-4 Nimari Burnett. 01/18/2021 The Gamecocks' are one of the schools mentioned as having reached to Texas Tech transfer shooting guard 6-4 Nimari Burnett. The freshman has played in 12 games this season averaging 17 minutes and 5 points per game. Ryana McMullen of Zagsblog.com. reported some of the other schools to have contact are Arkansas, Oregon, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Dayton, Missouri, Maryland, Wake Forest, DePaul, Marquette and Minnesota.
  14. Beamer has said with high school football players given the ability to sign a national letter of intent December as opposed to waiting until February feels he has a good handle of what to expect when recruits are able to sign starting Wednesday. Beamer said that he has had multiple conversations with every young man that is committed to South Carolina, only 5 recruits have said they will sign On Wednesday others are going to wait unit he fills out the staff. Beamer has said that if you're committed you're committed to South Carolina , was on 107.5 today.
  15. South Carolina 2021 Basketball Commits Position Name State High/Weight Star Ranking Date Committed FORWARD TaQuan Woodley Camden, NJ 6'7"/215LBS 11/18/2020 FORWARD Carlous Williams Gulfport, MS 6'6"/238LBS 08/26/2020 GUARD Jacobi Wright Fort Mills, SC 6'2"/180LBS 06/21/2020 GUARD Devin Carter Wolfeboro, NH 6'3"/185LBS 04/24/2020 Transfers 2019/2020) Position Name College High/Weight Star Ranking When Stars (NOVEMBER 15, 2020 ) 5 star 4 stars 4 3 stars 2 star 0 star
  16. How the Gamecocks view SC’s top prospect Bryce McGowens in 2021 class November 25, 2019 There’s a long, lanky point guard playing high school basketball in South Carolina, but making a name for himself nationally. The Gamecocks are recruiting him — and perhaps having flashbacks. “They compare me to P.J. Dozier,” said Bryce McGowens. “I like that because I think he’s a pretty good player.” Five years after Dozier, a 6-foot-6 perimeter player from Columbia ranked among the country’s top 30 prospects, committed to USC, Frank Martin is after the 6-5 McGowens from Wren, the class of 2021’s No. 49 player, according to 247Sports composite. McGowens averaged 26 points, 3.8 rebounds and three assists a game as a sophomore for Wren, the Class 4A Upper State runners-up in 2018-19. Approaching his junior season, McGowens has offers from the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Pittsburgh, LSU and South Carolina. He visited the Gamecocks on Sept. 14 for the football game against Alabama and plans to return to Williams-Brice Stadium next week for the Clemson game. “I love the coaching staff,” McGowens said of Martin and company. “It’s a great coaching staff.” McGowens was in Columbia recently for a SC high school basketball media day event at the Convention Center. The scene also included USC’s 2020 signess (AC Flora’s Patrick Iriel and Ridge View’s Ja’Von Benson) and fellow ‘21 target John Butler Jr. “My boy John,” McGowens said. “We played with each other when we were little. That’s my guy. We got a relationship going, we want to play with each other in the future.” At the college level? “It doesn’t matter,” McGowens continued. “Some point in the future.” Greenville’s Butler Jr., who visited USC for the Gamecocks’ win over Wyoming on Nov. 10, and McGowens give the Palmetto State two representatives among 247Sports composite’s top 60 players for the first time since Dozier (No. 25) and Tevin Mack (57) in 2015. Dozier, of course, came to the Gamecocks and played a major role in the 2017 Final Four run. Clemson’s Tevin Mack is at his third school since starting at Texas and transferring to Alabama. While Butler Jr.’s parents are USC graudates, McGowen’s brother, Trey, is a starting guard at Pitt. “I want to go to a place where I know there’s another father figure because I’m going to be around him all the time,” McGowens said. “Play style, playing right away (is important). (Trey) just told me to go where best fits me.”
  17. The fourth and final prospect projected to be part of the four-tweet "birdie" class for the 2021 cycle has now officially announced her college destination. 5'-8" 5-star PG Raven Johnson out of Atlanta, GA (Westlake High) has chosen to become a Gamecock: Johnson is the 4th 5-star rated prospect to join the 2021 class, joining other 5-stars G Saniya Rivers, F Sania Feagin, and G Bree Hall. The South Carolina class is the first class in the 2021 cycle to have as many as four top 100 rated prospects in it, and currently should the top-rated class in the 2021 cycle, although other programs are still filling their classes. Without a doubt, this class should finish up in the top 10 overall, and even most likely as one of the top 5 in the cycle..... With the class expected to be completed with Johnson's announcement, the early signing period for the cycle will be this November. The 4 2021 prospects would bring the expected 2021-2022 roster to 13 scholarship players plus 1 walk-on: 1) Henderson 2) Saxton 3) Wesolek 4) Boston 5) Cooke 6) Beal 7) Amihere 8) Russell 9) Rivers 10) Feagin 11) Johnson 12) Hall 13) Littleton (transfer) 14) Thompson (walk-on??) Littleton would be in her 5th collegiate year including one transfer red-shirt year in 2021-22, so the question could remain if she chooses to stay and spend her final playing eligible season, or if she leaves with degree in hand and try her luck at the professional level. In WCBB, programs can have up to 15 scholarship players on the roster, so Thompson may end up getting on scholarship herself. Depending on that and Littleton's decisions, the Gamecocks could have anywhere from 1 to 3 available scholarships to give for the 2021-22 roster, but Coach Staley has stated her preference of having a roster size of 11-12 players and no more, so we'll see. As it is, NEXT season's roster won't have these commitments on it. The roster for next season has everyone minus those kids, plus senior Lele Grissett, so that's a complete playing roster of 11 players. We still could see a possible graduate transfer added to the roster for next season alone, or we could simply stand pat on who we have now. There are all options available to the staff, but we went 32-1 last season with 11 available players to play (we had 12, but Littleton was red-shirting and wasn't eligible to play)......
  18. Coach Dawn Staley and her staff have secured the 3rd official commitment to their 2021 recruiting class, with 6-3 Forward Sania Feagin's announcement on TikTok today: Feagin is a 5-star Forward listed as the #2 Forward and the overall #6 prospect by ESPN's Hoopgurlz. She's also the overall #9 prospect per Prospects Nation, and the #13 prospect by both Blue Star and ASGR. Feagin is out of Forrest Park High in Ellenwood, GA. Feagin's announcement along with Saniya Rivers' yesterday gives USC two overall top 10 prospects for the 2021 cycle, following up the 2019 class that had three top 10 prospects in Aliyah Boston, Zia Cooke, and Brea Beal. The 2020 class only had one prospect, 5-star Eniya Russell....
  19. The 2nd of the 2021 mystery commits for the women's basketball program head coach Dawn Staley tweeted about has added her name to Bree Hall - 5-star Guard Saniya Rivers out of Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC committed to the Gamecocks today: Rivers is the #2 Guard and overall #3 prospect in the ESPN Hoopgurlz rankings. She's also the overall #2 prospect on Prospects Nation and ASGR, and the #6 overall prospect on Blue Star. Rivers is the 2-time Gatorade Player of the Year for NC. Rivers is an athletic player that performs at an elite level on both ends of the court, and has a strong mid-range jumper. If anything she can improve on, it's her shooting distance from the 3-pt. arc, but as long as she's fundamentally sound in her mid-range game (and she is), then its just a matter of getting stronger in the weight room, getting into the gym and getting more comfortable at shooting from the longer distances.....
  20. The first commitment for the 2021 cycle to South Carolina has now made herself known: 5-star Guard Aubryanna "Bree" Hall out of Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio. Bree Hall is another stellar prospect out of Ohio along the lines of Zia Cooke, guaranteeing that we will continue to see games scheduled with Dayton, Ohio State, etc. Bree Hall is a 5-star prospect on ESPN's Hoopgurlz ratings for the 2021 cycle - the #10 G and #26 prospect overall. Hall chose South Carolina out of a final list of 7 schools which included Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas (looks like Dawn beat Vic Schaefer again!), North Carolina State, and Ohio State. She also had offers from Louisville, Florida State, Indiana, and Dayton, among others. Hall is an athletic 5-11 guard that is a very strong lockdown defender but also has a strong mid-range game. She is a strong driver and finisher at the basket, and in all these skill sets she is very reminiscent of former Gamecock Alisha Gray, much like current Gamecock Brea Beal. Like Beal (and not quite at the level of Gray), Hall needs to continue improving her perimeter game at the 3-point arc.
  21. Gamecocks showing interest in 6-8 grad transfer Kevin Marfo of Quinnipiac March 17, 2020 Gamecocks showing interest in 6-8 grad transfer Kevin Marfo of Quinnipiac according to a 247Sports report. The Gamecocks also are reportedly interested in Virginia Tech transfer Landers Nolley II according to Stockrisers.
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