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  1. 7-foot center John Butler is South Carolina’s Next 5-Star Hooper Both Parent’s graduated from SC and he openly talks about growing up a fan, attending numerous football & basketball games each year growing up That said, Butler does ridiculously special stuff on the floor. In this game, he finished with 24 Points (7-8 FG, 1-1 3P, 9-9 FT), 13 Boards, 9 Blocks & 4 Assists... The caliber of his plays were absolutely next level considering he is a legit 7 footer who just tunred 16.
  2. four-star unofficial visitor today on Campus February 18, 2019 Class of 2020 four-star center Clifford Omoruyi. He is from the same high school as Chris Silva and Alanzo Frink. He holds offers from UConn, Florida, Syracuse, Illinois, Seton Hall, West Virginia and others.
  3. Rice feels USC offer is near after latest visit February 12, 2019, | Phil Kornblut Sports Updates 2021 PG Tyler Rice of Ridge View was back at USC Saturday for the Arkansas game. He also visited for the Auburn game and he plans to return for another game if he can work it in. Rice said this visit with Frank Martin was the best yet because the relationship between the two grew stronger. “We just sat down after the game celebrating the win and had like a family conversation,” Rice said. “It wasn’t about as much basketball, it was about that family type of vibe that they bring in. I think that’s what really stood out to me about the visit.” Rice said he was joined in the meeting by fellow recruits PG Trae Hannibal of Hartsville (a Gamecock commitment), 6-6 Christian Brown of Oak Hill Academy, VA, 2021 6-3 Korey Richardson of Lower Richland and 2021 6-1 Robert McCray of AC Flora. They all got together in the locker room with Martin and assistant Chuck Martin. As for his impression of the Gamecocks in the win over Arkansas, Rice said what stood out the most to him was how the Gamecocks eventually took control of the tempo of the game. “I think it was a very controlled game. They controlled the pace,” he said. “Arkansas was a very fast team and they were able to slow them down and play at their own pace and get their bigs involved. I think the fact they can do that is brilliant, plus a lot of teams in the SEC like to play fast and like to push the ball. I think they have a very unique style of play which I can fit into very well.” And he’d love the opportunity to seriously consider the Gamecocks. Martin has not yet offered but Rice feels it’s just a matter of time. “We haven’t talked about that yet, but if I have to guess, I’d say it’s coming very soon,” Rice said. “Our relationship is growing stronger just about every week. I call him after every game that they win and tell him great win, and it just keeps getting stronger. We love each other. It’s like a very comfortable family atmosphere. They make me comfortable every time I come here. He remembers little things about my previous visit that sometime I don’t even remember and I think that’s very impressive. That just shows how strongly he thinks about me.” Rice holds offers from Penn State and Upstate and is also getting interest from Clemson, Memphis, Oklahoma State, College of Charleston, West Virginia and Tennessee. He has visited Upstate and went to see Oklahoma State when it played at Charlotte earlier in the season.
  4. USC target 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY committed to Pitt February 12, 2019 USC target 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY committed to Pitt. USC was one of his official visits. The Gamecocks, perhaps sensing Drumgoole’s decision, already have renewed their interest in 6-6 Christian Brown of Oak Hill Academy, VA.
  5. 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.
  6. Top 70 player, South Carolina native visits Gamecocks February 09, 2019 .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%} Columbia native Christian Brown, formerly of A.C. Flora and Lower Richland, took an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks for their game against Arkansas. He sat behind the USC bench. Columbia native Christian Brown, formerly of A.C. Flora and Lower Richland, took an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks for their game against Arkansas. He sat behind the USC bench. Brown is a 6-foot-6, 205-pound small forward who now plays for national power Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He’s ranked as the No. 61 player in the 2019 class by both 247Sports and Rivals. USC, for now, has filled its scholarship allotment for next season’s team, but recruiting continues in case of attrition. Brown is also being courted by the likes of N.C. State, Georgia and Pittsburgh.
  7. New 2020 (in-state prospect) February 03, 2019 6’5 junior Quentin Hodge has been putting together quite the season at Lakewood HS in Sumter, SC ... earlier this year, in one of our events he went head to head against Juwan Gary Finishing with 26 Points & 13 Boards Hodge is an SG who is an athletic shot maker, with excellent vision & ability a secondary ball handler. Schools who have offered Murray State, Florida Gulf Coast, Mercer & SC State.
  8. Jalyn McCreary Gamecock 2019 wing prospect February 02, 2019 Jalyn Mccreay is a 2019 prospect out of Legacy Early College. The 6’8 Georgia native is a Top 100 type wing prospect. He is ridiculously bouncy with initiation skills on the ball & the ability to defend multiple positions. A lot of intrigue & an absolute Frank type of guy His team is Top 50 Ranked with commits to Ole Miss & Winthrop as well as multiple other scholarship level players
  9. Latest on 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole January 14, 2019 USC target 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole will take an official visit to Pitt at some point he tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. He has visited USC and Minnesota.
  10. 2021 6-6 TaQuan Woodley gets Gamecock offer January 02, 2019 2021 6-6 TaQuan Woodley of Camden, NJ ] was offered by the Gamecocks according to the DelValReport. Some information on the 2021 prospect from NJ. TaQuan Woodley, a 6-foot-6 forward who as a freshman last season helped Neumann-Goretti win the PIAA Class 3A state championship, has transferred to Camden High, N-G coach Carl Arrigale confirmed Tuesday. Woodley contributed eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks off the bench as the Saints downed District 6's Richland, 57-42, for top honors at Hershey's Giant Center. It marked the program's fifth state crown and eighth in nine seasons. Woodley, a Division I prospect, played over the summer with the Saints. "He's very talented," Arrigale said. "People know who he is. He was one of the better freshmen in the area last season." Former Temple player Victor Carstarphen was named Camden's new coach in May. The ex-Camden standout replaced John Valore, who resigned after last season.
  11. Gamecocks offer 2020 4 star 6-8 PF Isaiah Cottrel January 02, 2018 Gamecocks offer 2020 Power forward 6-8 Isaiah Cottrell of Las Vegas. Some of his other offers are Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington.
  12. USC Thursday offered 6-0 PG Adrian December 28, 2018 USC Thursday offered 6-0 PG Adrian (Ace) Baldwin of Baltimore according to his high school’s Twitter account. St. Francis is playing this week at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia. Some of his other offers are Clemson, Maryland, VCU, Georgetown, Miami, East Carolina, Connecticut, Rutgers and Providence.
  13. Top in-state prospect PJ Hall has timeline for how recruiting process could play out December 27, 2018 P.J. Hall isn’t where he wants to be yet, but he’s getting there. On Wednesday, the Dorman High junior forward played his third game since “badly tweaking” his knee during the preseason. Hall scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes of action in the Cavaliers’ win over Gray Collegiate in the Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast. Dorman has the day off Thursday before taking on Keenan on Friday in the semifinals of the American Division bracket. “I’m getting close, but the biggest thing now is I am out of shape,” Hall said after the game. “After the first half, I was like, ‘Woah, I am feeling it.’ After about one more week, I should be where I was before the injury.” Hall has scored in double figures in each of his last two games. Dorman (11-2) lost twice with him, once to nationally-ranked Oak Hill and also to Charlotte Latin. With a healthy Hall, Dorman is the Class 5A favorite in South Carolina as it goes for its third straight championship. Hall is the No. 1 prospect in the state for Class of 2020 and is ranked inside the top 150 in country by 247Sports and Rivals. Coaches and recruiting analysts love Hall’s 6-foot-9 frame and his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and his passing ability. Hall has more than a dozen offers, including Florida, Tennessee and Pittsburgh. In-state schools South Carolina and Clemson also have offered and have made Hall a priority. He said there is a lot to like about both programs. “Clemson, they are underdogs, they are gritty. They love the underdog position and beating the big guys,” Hall said. “USC, I love the coaching staff there. I love coach [Frank] Martin, the way he coaches, the speed, the angry face. I grew up that way.” Hall said no school has separated themselves and his recruiting is “wide open.” Hall has taken several unofficial visits, including USC, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Winthrop and College of Charleston. He’ll start taking official visits after the season and would like to make a decision either after his AAU season with Upward Stars ends in the summer or before he takes the court for his senior season. Hall said he learned a lot about the recruiting process watching his sister Thayer Hall go through it. Thayer is a sophomore volleyball player at Florida and was the No. 1 volleyball recruit in the country her senior season. “It has been a fun journey,” Hall said. “I am trying to do like my sister did. She kept a level head the whole time, trusting in God and that is working for me.”
  14. Where to watch USC signee, Gamecocks basketball targets this week in Columbia December 20, 2018 Trae Hannibal’s tour of his near-future home will continue this week. Hannibal, a South Carolina basketball signee, will lead his Hartsville High School against AC Flora at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ben Lippen. The game is part of Phenom Hoop’s Palmetto Winter Classic. Hannibal’s Red Foxes have already participated in the Bojangles Bash and the Auto Owners Insurance Showcase in Lexington. The Columbia-based Chick-fil-A Classic (Dec. 26) and the MLK Bash (Jan. 21) are also on Hartsville’s 2018-19 schedule. “Trae being in this position allows us into certain things,” said Hartsville coach Yusuf English, “but we got some young kids that I want to put in a good light. Some kids that don’t have scholarships and stuff like that. These are great opportunities for them. “I enjoy playing a tough schedule.” The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Hannibal is averaging over 20 points, seven assists and eight rebounds this season. He’ll be joined by a slew of touted prospects at the Palmetto Winter Classic. The tournament features 16 teams coming from five different states, including SC’s Ridge View (with Georgetown signee Malcolm Wilson), Cardinal Newman (with Murray State signee Chico Carter and 2021 USC target Josh Beadle), Sumter (with Boston College signee Calvin Felder), Blythewood (with Iowa State signee Tre Jackson) and Christ Church Episcopal (with John Butler, a four-star in the 2021 class targeted by a variety of top programs). Holly Springs, out of North Carolina, features Virginia signee Kadin Shedrick. The Palmetto Winter Classic begins Thursday and ends Saturday. Thursday’s schedule* 10 a.m. Ben Lippen-Heritage Christian 11:30 a.m. Great Bridge-Concord First Assembly 1 p.m. Sumter-Lincoln Charter 2:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman-Asheville Christian 4 p.m. Ridge View-Morgan County 5:30 p.m. Blythewood-Heathwood Hall 7 p.m. AC Flora-Hartsville 8:30 p.m. Holly Springs-Christ Church Episcopal *All games at Ben Lippen High School
  15. A top in-state player faced a 5-star prospect. Here’s how the Gamecocks target fared December 16, 2018 .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%} LEXINGTON When Charleston’s Josiah James was being recruited by Clemson, the Tiger coaches would occasionally bring up the name of the next-in-line. “I know he’s one of the great young guards coming out of South Carolina,” James said. “Clemson told me a lot about him.” James, who committed to Tennessee over Clemson in September, is SC’s undisputed top player in the 2019 class. He’s a five-star prospect on a mission to leave Porter-Gaud with four state championships. On Saturday night, James finally met one of SC’s best in the ‘20 class. Dorman’s Myles Tate scored 24 points, had five assists and grabbed four rebounds as the 5A power outlasted James’ Cyclones, 59-54, in overtime in the Auto Owners Insurance Showcase at Lexington High School. Tate, the one James has been hearing about, lived up to the hype. “He definitely showed what he can do and what he’s capable of doing,” said James, who totaled 36 points, 12 boards, seven blocks and two steals in a losing effort. “He’s a really good player.” James, a physical 6-foot-6, 200-pounder who can play up to four positions, had scholarship offers from the likes of Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Arizona, South Carolina and Clemson before he signed with the Volunteers. Tate, a 6-foot point guard, isn’t likely to have that deep a list when he decides on a college, but he’s drawing plenty of attention. USC offered him in June. Wofford and South Florida are among the others that have done the same. Tate reported Saturday that Virginia and Oklahoma State have shown recent interest. On Dorman’s varsity squad since eighth grade, Tate is a regular to high-profile games. He scored 34 points in the Cavaliers’ win over Zion Williamson and Spartanburg Day last January. “So Myles has played against the best,” said Dorman coach Thomas Ryan. “Obviously Josiah is a special, special talent. He played really well tonight. But overall, our guys played the way that he needed to. Myles made a big play to start overtime there. It was huge.” After James willed Porter-Gaud back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force OT, Tate began the extra session with a pull-up jumper from the elbow. Because of roster makeup and size difference, James and Tate went 1-on-1 on just a few occasions. A Cyclone defensive switch in the first half led to Tate staring down James at the top of the key. James clapped in anticipation of the matchup. Tate was eventually fouled on the possession after a pass and move to the baseline. Earlier in the game, James was called for goal-tending as he tried to swat away a Tate layup attempt. “I just got to live up to those expectations, those matchups,” Tate said. “Those are the matchups you dream for. He’s working to where I want to be, and I look up to him as a player. And I’m sure he knows that I’m trying to get where he’s at.” Dorman again was missing P.J. Hall, 2020’s other top player in the state. The junior forward — and Carolina target — has been sidelined all season with a knee injury. Tate combined with Ta’Lon Cooper, a Morehead State signee, for 80 percent of Dorman’s points against Porter-Gaud. “What Myles is learning is the last couple years, he’s been our main scorer,” Ryan said. “We’ve allowed him to score a lot of points. He’s been a facilitator this year. He’s going to be a true point guard in college. Tonight, he had five assists. He had nine assists two nights ago. “So he’s learning to get the balls to the right guys. Myles can score, but he can also make great passes. He sees the floor well and I think that’s his next progression.” Tate said he hears from USC’s coaches every couple weeks. Perhaps Saturday’s clash will spur the next conversation. “I was looking forward to it,” Tate said. “(James is) a special talent. He has great size and he can shoot it. He just does everything well. We tried to contain him. There’s only so much you can do when you’re playing against a player like him.” Added James on Tate: “He’s a great player and I hope he keeps working because he has a lot of potential.”
  16. Gamecocks still in the hunt for Gerald Drumgoole December 05, 2018 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY, who decided not to sign in November, said USC is still recruiting him. He plans to take more official visits before making a decision. He has been to USC and Minnesota.
  17. Staley lands another elite prospect November 22, 2018 USC women Wednesday night signed 6-4 Aliyah Boston, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands now living in Worcester, MA. She’s ranked #3 nationally by ESPN. Connecticut, Notre Dame and Ohio State were her other finalists. She’s the fourth signee for Dawn Staley and the other three are ranked 7th, 10th and 13th nationally giving Staley the #1 class in the country by ESPN.
  18. Gamecock men's basketball lands commitment from California prospect November 21, 2018 ESPN Profile ESPN Star Ranking On the final day of the early signing period, South Carolina landed a third member for its 2019 recruiting class. Trey Anderson, a 6-foot-7 185lbs shooting guard from California who’s taking a post-grad year at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut, committed to Frank Martin and the Gamecocks on Wednesday. He was also being pursued by Georgia and Minnesota, Woodstock Academy coach Tony Bergeron told The State. “Frank and I go way, way back,” Bergeron said. “When I get a kid that fits for him, I certainly give him a call and let him know. I’m not one of these high school coaches who calls him every year and says ‘I got a kid, I got a kid.’ So I guess when I call, he listens to me. He needed a shooting guard and this kid’s just special. “He’s 6-7. He’s got a plus-wing span, he shoots the lights out, he’s athletic. He plays defense, he can pass. He doesn’t have any gaps.” Anderson is the apparent answer to a mystery recruit Martin teased last week. Hartsville point guard Trae Hannibal and Maine power forward Wildens Leveque were known commits for USC as it entered the early signing period, but the Gamecocks had their “fingers crossed” and were “hoping that the third one jumps on board,” Martin said. Enter Anderson, who visited Columbia this week. Anderson played on the AAU circuit for West Coast Elite, a team featuring Nico Mannion and Josh Green, a pair of five-star prospects headed to Arizona. It led to Anderson’s under-the-radar profile, Bergeron said. “Being third fiddle to those guys was difficult,” Bergeron said. “They didn’t have anybody on their team being than Trey. So Trey ended up playing center and power forward when he’s really a shooting guard. “So he comes here for us and plays shooting guard and it’s easy.”
  19. Dorman stars grow into state’s hottest basketball recruits. And they’re only juniors November 19, 2018 .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%} Dorman basketball coach Thomas Ryan calls P.J. Hall and Myles Tate two of the faces of his program. College coaches have taken notice. The two juniors both had big years in helping Dorman to its second straight Class 5A championship and strong summers on the AAU circuit, playing for Upward Stars. They’re now two of the most sought-after prospects in the state. “Both of these guys are winners and do the things the right way,” said Ryan, a former Lexington High standout. “They have kind of become the face of our program. Winning last two state championships, Myles made big plays in both games and last year P.J. was instrumental. It is neat to see these guys who have been part of their program since fifth and sixth grade work so hard and become major key cogs in a program. And we feel the culture really rallies around kids they are.” Hall has been slowed by a knee injury suffered in the preseason during a dunk and is expected to miss about a month, which will keep him out for Dorman’s matchup against Oak Hill in early December. But the injury hasn’t slowed down his interest. Ryan said North Carolina called about Hall last week. South Carolina and Clemson both have offered Hall, who is the top-ranked recruit in South Carolina for the Class of 2020 by 247Sports and ranked in top 150 nationally, saw his recruiting take off over the summer. The 6-foot-9 big man also has offers from Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Pittsburgh. Hall’s sister Thayer, a former high school All-American, plays volleyball at Florida but said being closer to his sister won’t be a factor in his decision. He likes Clemson and South Carolina a lot, and it’s no secret Gamecock coach Martin has taken a liking to versatile big men. Hall isn’t a back-to-basket big guy and loves to shoot the outside shot. He averaged 7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2 blocks last season, but those numbers are likely to go up this season. “Coach Martin, they feed the big man and they feed them inside and out and play nitty gritty basketball, and that is what I like,” Hall said Monday at the S.C. Basketball Coaches Media Day at the Columbia Convention Center. Tate has been on the Cavaliers’ varsity squad since eighth grade and was the team’s leading scorer last season, averaging 18 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game. He had 18 points in the 5A championship victory against Irmo. Tate has visited South Carolina and stopped in Charlotte a few weeks ago. He will visit South Florida in the future. Ryan said Tate’s recruiting is coming along a little slower than Hall’s because point guards get evaluated slower than 6-foot-9 post players. Tate also has offers from Wofford and College of Charleston, but the Gamecocks definitely are high on his list. “I like how they play. They play fast a pace game and they are very disciplined under Coach Martin,” Tate said. “They do things the right way.” Neither Hall nor Tate mentioned a timeline for making any decisions related to their recruitment. Dorman, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, will play a challenging non-conference schedule, which includes three trips to Columbia for the Bojangles’ Bash, Farm Bureau Classic in Lexington and Chick-fil-A Classic.
  20. No. 1! Dawn Staley, South Carolina rise to new heights in recruiting rankings November 15, 2018 With the addition of yet another top-rated recruit, South Carolina women’s basketball accomplished something it’s never done before on Thursday. ESPN released updated recruiting rankings for the class of 2019, and for the first time under Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks were No. 1. The Gamecocks’ top ranked class now includes No. 7 Zia Cooke, No. 10 Laeticia Amihere and No. 13 Brea Beal, as well as preferred walk-on Olivia Thompson. Amihere, a forward from Ontario, Canada, committed and signed with USC on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Beal and Cooke chose the Gamecocks last week. Or, as ESPN’s Dan Olson simply put it: “It’s been a November to remember for Dawn Staley.” Staley’s previous top recruiting class was in 2014, with the group that included No. 1 A’ja Wilson. That class included four top-35 prospects, with two in the top 10, and finished ranked No. 2 in the country. The 2019 class, meanwhile, could get even better still — No. 1 prospect Haley Jones, No. 3 Alyiah Boston and No. 9 Rickea Jackson all have South Carolina among their finalists.
  21. Trae Hannibal, South Carolina’s next guard, signs with Gamecocks November 15, 2018 Over the last few months, Trae Hannibal watched as other players throughout the state announced their intentions to play college basketball outside the Palmetto State. But the Hartsville senior remained firm in his commitment to play at South Carolina. On Thursday, Hannibal made it official as he signed his letter of intent at a ceremony at his high school. ”It was tough. Kids like going out of state and things like that,” Hannibal said. “They got to do what is best for them and I can’t be mad at them. But any chance I get to get one of my teammates or guys I played with, I will try to get them to play with me.” Hannibal hoped to get Josiah James, who he played with during the summer on TMP Basketball, to commit to USC but James signed with Tennessee. Juwan Gary (Alabama) and DJ Burns (Tennessee) also went out of state. Hannibal is one of two signees so far for the Gamecocks in the early period. Wildens Leveque signed with USC on Wednesday. There is a chance the Gamecocks get one more during this period. Hannibal was offered in May and committed in August. He is a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports. averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists this last season for Hartsville and was an all-state selection. Hannibal grew up liking baseball more than basketball but that changed in high school when dedicated himself to playing basketball. Hartsville coach Yusef English has watched Hannibal grow up and his game take off the last few years. English thinks his game and USC coach Frank Martin’s coaching style is a “perfect marriage.” ”Trae’s energy on defense is infectious and his ability to get downhill is something, that from sitting in on some of coach Martin’s practices, is something USC likes to do,” English said. “Plus, Trae likes a coach that holds him accountable. If you are going to be laid back and do what he does, you aren’t going to get the maximum out of him. And coach Martin isn’t going to ease up and be nice.” English said Hannibal has really worked hard on his outside shooting to complement his all-around game and that was evident in Wednesday’s scrimmage against Lakewood. English said the USC coaching staff did a great job of connecting with Hannibal, not only on the court but investing in the person as a whole. ”They contacted me every week, came to see me at school and supported me,” Hannibal said. “What else could you ask for? For them to give me that attention and let me know what I needed to do when I come meant a lot.” USC coaching staff and Gamecock fans will get plenty of chances to see Hannibal in the Midlands this year. Hannibal and his Hartsville teammates will be playing at the Bojangles’ Bash at Ridge View, Farm Bureau Classic at Lexingtonp, Phenom Hoops event and Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast in December. Hartsville also will play in the MLK Bash in January.
  22. Dawn Staley adds third five-star 2019 commit with Canadian viral dunking sensation November 14, 2018 Dawn Staley and South Carolina’s newest commit is a slam dunk — literally. Laeticia Amihere, the No. 10-ranked recruit in the class of 2019 who went viral in 2017 after throwing down an in-game dunk at just 15 years old, announced Wednesday that she will attend USC, picking the Gamecocks over Louisville and Kentucky. In a ceremony at her school in Ontario, Canada, Amihere praised South Carolina’s “winning culture” and said the key factor for her was on her official visit, when coach Dawn Staley was “real with me,” Amihere told her crowd of supporters. In fact, Amihere liked that Staley went out of her way not to pull out all the stops and impress her. When she visited practice, Staley continued to coach hard and get on players instead of softening her approach, Amihere said. “She acted like I wasn’t there,” Amihere said. Amihere stands 6-foot-3 and has already played for her country’s senior national team in exhibitions. She is just returning from an ACL tear that cost her most of the past year. Prior to that, however, she competed in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup, going against future Gamecock Tyasha Harris of the U.S. In that event, she averaged 11.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1 block per game, en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Amihere is South Carolina’s third international freshman recruit under Staley, joining Shay Colley (Canada) in 2015 and Pamela Decheva (Bulgaria) in 2011. Transfers Sarah Imovbioh (Nigeria), Wilka Montout (French Guiana) and Valerie Nainima (Fiji) are the only other non-American Gamecocks in the Staley era. Amihere’s commitment increases USC’s class to four players — five-stars Zia Cooke and Brea Beal committed last week, while preferred walk-on Olivia Thompson announced her choice this summer. Both Beal and Amihere officially signed on Wednesday.
  23. Gamecock basket recruiting notes November 15, 2018 6-5 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY said Wednesday night he will not be signing during the early period. Drumgoole, who attends school in Indiana, has taken official visits to USC and Minnesota. He said the Gamecocks remain in the picture with him. USC men signed 6-9 Wildens Leveque of Brocton, MA and will sign 6-2 Trae Hannibal of Hartsville Thursday. USC women signed 6-3 Laeticia Amihere of Ontario and 6-0 Breanna Beal of Rock Island, IL.
  24. Northeast big man becomes South Carolina’s first signee in 2019 class November 14, 2018 A year later, South Carolina is busy this week. Wildens Leveque, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, signed his letter of intent to the Gamecocks on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Trae Hannibal, a 6-2 point guard, is scheduled to do the same Thursday at Hartsville High School, giving USC two official members in its 2019 class. South Carolina didn’t sign its first player in the ‘18 class until last April. That five-man group was finalized in June with Canada’s A.J. Lawson. Leveque is a three-star prospect who is from Massachusetts but attends Gould Academy in Maine. He picked the Gamecocks over pursuit from VCU and UMass, among others. The Carolina staff views Leveque as a potential replacement for Chris Silva. He averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. “He’s a big man that wants to be a big man and is willing to surrender and be coached,” said Gould coach Cory McClure. “The beauty of him is he has no delusions of being anything other than a big man. Really refreshing from that perspective. “With us and with his (AAU) group, he’s developed a shot-blocking, rim-protecting presence. Has really good timing there. His defensive instincts have improved tremendously in the last 18 months.” Leveque played AAU ball for Tim Nelson and the Mass Rivals program. “We’ve watched a lot of video on Chris Silva and when you watch him, it looks like what Wildens is striving to become,” Nelson said. “He’s got all that. He can run it, he can catch it, he’s a big presence inside so if it’s around the rim, it’s definitely a dunk.”
  25. ‘Hoping that the third one jumps on board.’ USC to receive signing day surprise? November 14, 2018 Wildens Leveque, committed since October, is signing Wednesday. Trae Hannibal, committed since June, is signing Thursday. These are well-known facts about South Carolina basketball’s 2019 recruiting class. What remains a mystery is the name behind an intriguing quote from Gamecocks coach Frank Martin following USC’s win over Norfolk State on Tuesday night. “The two that you’re aware of, that’s happening in the next 48 hours,” Martin said, referring to Leveque and Hannibal. “I think they’re doing their little (signing) deals or whatever. And we’re on hold, we’re sitting back and fingers crossed and hoping that the third one jumps on board, too. We’re in deep, deep talks there.” For now, South Carolina has only one roster spot open as three seniors — Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett and Tre Campbell — are scheduled to depart following this season. Leveque, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Maine, takes one. Hannibal, a 6-2 point guard from Hartsville, takes the other. Candidates for that third spot, though? Gerald Drumgoole, a 6-foot-5 small forward who attends La Lumiere High School in Indiana, took an official visit to USC in September. At last check, he was still deciding to make his college choice official in the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) or spring signing period (April 17-May 15). Drumgoole lists Oklahoma, Creighton, Seton Hall and Minnesota among his other offers. “If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” Martin said. “There’s 900 transfers every year. There’s gonna be a couple guys that will available in the spring.” If it’s not Drumgoole, an out-of-nowhere commitment wouldn’t be rare for USC. Two-fifths of Carolina’s ‘18 recruiting class — Keyshawn Bryant and Alanzo Frink — came that way. Martin’s next news conference is scheduled for Thursday. “We’ve targeted the ones we want,” Martin said. “We’re excited. We’re meeting with the media Thursday, so hopefully by Thursday, we should be able to be clear on that. But we’re excited about who’s signing up, we’re excited about the possibility of the last one. And if it doesn’t work out, then the assistants are rolling all season, making sure that last guy gets on board sometime by April.”

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