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  1. A ‘junkyard dog’ and a ‘special talent.’ Frank Martin breaks down 2022 signees Nov. 15, 2021 From the moment the South Carolina basketball team signed Devin Carter, head coach Frank Martin has talked up the freshman’s ability. Over the weekend, Carter turned in his best game as a Gamecock, scoring 16 points against Western Kentucky while playing a physical style of basketball that included multiple trips to the free-throw line and a couple of dunks. After Sunday’s game, Martin pointed to Carter as another in a line of unheralded prospects who ended up producing at South Carolina. A day later, Martin said the Gamecocks’ two newest signees, 2022 guards Zach Davis and Daniel Hankins-Sanford, could make just as much of an impact when they get to campus. “When we signed Devin Carter the year before, he wasn’t one of those sexy kind of internet heroes that everyone raves about, so we got no credit for signing him,” Martin said. “He’s really good. Just like Chris Silva, A.J. Lawson, Maik Kotsar, guys that weren’t sexy social media guys, so no one ever gave them credit for being good players. (ARTICLE)
  2. Newly offered forward just getting to know Gamecocks By SPORTSTALKMEDIA NETWORK/ September 24, 2021 USC continues to expand their basketball recruiting board. Thursday the Gamecocks offered 6-7 Keyshawn Hall, a native of Cleveland who this year is attending The Skill Factory in Atlanta. Wichita State offered Hall on Friday, and he also picked up a recent offer from Illinois. Gamecock assistant Brian Steele saw Hall in the summer and that’s where the relationship started. “After I started blowing up this summer, coach Brian Steele contacted me and let me know how much I’d fit in their system and how much he likes my game, how I can be so versatile on the court,” Hall said. “He thinks I’ll be a great fit. I feel great (about the offer). First, Illinois came in, then an SEC offer came in from South Carolina. I feel great about it.” Hall said he’s not all that familiar with the Gamecocks, though he knows they were once in the ACC, and that they went to the Final Four a few years ago. “I heard they play real fast, and I like that,” Hall said. “That’s what I like about the SEC. He (Steele) filled me on that, they like to play real fast. They score like 80-90 points per game. I like that type of play style.” To be a wide-body 6-7 player, Hall exhibits the skills of a smaller player as well. He said Steele likes that about him, that he can handle multiple tasks on the court. “Coach Steele likes that I can play every position except for the five,” Hall said. “If I get the rebound, I can just push it up court, I don’t have to outlet it. As a bigger player, he likes my vision. I don’t look just to score.” Because his recruiting activity is just starting to crank up, Hall has not scheduled any official visits. He plans to do that in December when his own schedule takes a break. He will not sign until the spring. He expects that the Gamecocks will be a factor in the long run if they choose to be. “If they keep in contact, for sure,” Hall said. “My biggest thing is keeping in contact and showing love.” Last season playing for Cleveland Heights High School, Hall averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
  3. 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.”
  4. LeBron Thomas of Bishopville, a rising South Carolina basketball prospect June 30, 2019 LeBron Thomas played varsity basketball as a freshman. He’s had a breakout summer on the AAU circuit. He’s already receiving letters from Power 5 schools. LeBron Thomas, a rising sophomore at Lee Central High School and one of the state’s top prospects in the 2022 class. Thomas last week wore No. 22 — not 6 or 23, digits associated with the LeBron of 15 all-star games and three NBA championships — as he guided the Stallions during play in an NCAA-certified South Carolina recruiting event at Richland Northeast High School. The 15-year-old is a 6-foot-2 point guard — projected to grow to 6-5 — who finds joy in teammate involvement. He’s pass-first, but can score at any moment. “The sky’s the limit with LeBron,” said Lee Central coach Xavier Harry. “His IQ at that age, you don’t see that a lot. His IQ coming in, as a ninth grader working with us in the summer, his vision, his IQ, some of the things he did with the ball, we knew he was going to be a special player.” Thomas averaged nearly 12 points per game as a Lee Central freshman. He was paired in the backcourt with DaVeon Thomas, a rising junior who was recently offered by Presbyterian. In late April, while participating on the AAU circuit for Florence International, Thomas averaged a near triple-double — 27.8 points, 10 rebounds, 8.5 assists — over four games at a Phenom Hoops event. “It was a good weekend,” Thomas said. “I was mostly focused on my team. I was with my team that day. I know I can get out there myself, but I wanted my team out there exposed.” The state of South Carolina is on a good run when it comes to producing elite prospects. Dalzell’s Ja Morant (2017 class) and Spartanburg’s Zion Williamson (2018) just went 1-2 in the NBA Draft, Charleston’s Josiah James (2019) is a reigning McDonald’s All-American headed to Tennessee and rising Dorman seniors P.J. Hall and Myles Tate are ranked among the country’s top 105 players in the 2020 class. Greenville’s John Butler are Piedmont’s Bryce McGowens — couple Gamecock targets — both have four-star ratings in the 2021 class.
  5. Gamecock Women Monday will be on commitment Nov. 04, 2019 The Gamecock Women Monday will be on commitment watch for 5-11 Treasure Hunt of Chattanooga. She also has Kentucky, Auburn, Mississippi State and Baylor on her short list.
  6. South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin has secured his first commitment for the 2020 cycle Tuesday, with 6-10 PF/C Patrick Iriel, out of A C Flora. Iriel also had offers from Boston College, Butler, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, College of Charleston, and Wofford among others. Iriel's commitment fills a need at the Center position, with senior posts Maik Kotsar and Graduate Transfer Micaiah Henry expected to graduate after the 2019-20 season. With Iriel's commitment, South Carolina will have one more open scholarship for the 2020 cycle, barring any roster attrition due to early departures for the professional ranks or transfers out of the program. 247sports.com 0.8678 Rivals.com Welcome to the family, Patrick!
  7. Basketball recruiting roundup June 19, 2019 USC target 6-7 Matt Cross was offered by Texas A&M according to TheHoopHustle. Virginia Tech also recently offered. . He is scheduled for an official visit to Miami later this week. He also has been to USC, Indiana and Butler. 6-6 Terrance Williams of Washington, DC told Prep Hoops Maryland he will take an official to Georgetown Wednesday. He also has been to Stanford, Virginia, Notre Dame and Depaul officially. He remains in touch with USC #Gamecocks and might take an unofficial. USC target 6-10 Cliff Omoruyi of Roselle, NJ was offered by Maryland, Arizona and TCU according to NJHoopRecruit. He also took an unofficial to Maryland last weekend. He could visit USC at some point.
  8. 2021 wing Bryce McGowens of Wren added two more major offers June 27, 2019, | sportstalksc.com 2021 wing Bryce McGowens of Wren added two more major offers Thursday. One came from USC, the other from Providence. McGowens picked up his offer from the Gamecocks a day after spending several hours with Frank Martin and staff on campus for an unofficial visit. “The facilities and campus is nice,” McGowens said. McGowens also has visited Clemson, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. His other offers include those four along with LSU, Wichita State, TCU, Nebraska, Pitt and St. John’s. Last season, according to MaxPreps stats, McGowens averaged 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game. His brother is a sophomore guard at Pitt.
  9. NCAA, not AAU, is behind newest recruiting showcase June 22, 2019 College coaches travel the country watching high school players on their AAU summer teams. But this weekend in South Carolina, those coaches were flocking to high school gyms in the Midlands for a different reason. Under new NCAA rules, college coaches are allowed to attend what’s being called “June scholastic basketball events,” organized for the first time along with the National Federation of High Schools, S.C. High School League and S.C. Independent School Association. The change was part of the NCAA’s reaction to the FBI’s probe into recruiting and aimed to strengthen relationships between college coaches and high school programs. Previously, coaches could only watch prospects on grassroots AAU circuits in April and July before players rejoined their high school teams. But the NCAA eliminated one of the two July evaluation periods for non-scholastic events. Nike EYBL will still hold its Peach Jam in North Augusta on July 11-15, while Adidas and Under Armour will hold their events in Indianapolis and Atlanta the same week. The SCHSL event concludes Sunday with the Top 100 camp at RNE. Fans also able to attend the games. According to the National Federation of High Schools, there are 30 scholastic basketball eventsover the next two weeks involving 41 state member associations. More than 60 teams are playing in the SCHSL event, while nearly 20 are playing in the SCISA camp. Some South Carolina teams, including state champions Dorman and Ridge View, also have been invited to take part in a scholastic event in North Carolina next weekend.
  10. Video: Top 2022 Hooper in SC Is Emerging in 6'9 Perry Smith Jr THIS IS FROM IAmJamieShaw He stands a very fluid, very athletic 6'9" already, and he just finished his freshman year of high school and Perry Smith Jr is at Legacy Early College (Jalyn McCreary, Jawun Evans, Nic Claxton, etc...). Smith has all the tools to be through the roof, as you watch this video just see how easily he moves for someone his age and size. It will be interesting to see how the battle between Smith and Julian Phillips (Blythewood) shapes up over the next few years. Last weekend Smith was a standout at Phenom's JMac Showcase ... Here are his RAW Highlights as well as a 1-on-1 interview with him. ENJOY!!
  11. Seventh Woods has a decision and will announce next week for USC, Michigan or Gonzaga May 30, 2019 According to Mike Gillespie of WOLO TV in Columbia, former Hammond and North Carolina guard Seventh Woods has a decision and will announce next week for USC, Michigan or Gonzaga.
  12. Gamecocks target 6-7 Matt Cross May 29, 2019 Gamecocks target 6-7 Matt Cross of Beverly, MA has set an official visit to Miami for June 19th. He has a visit set with USC for June 7th
  13. Wednesday morning basketball recruiting report May 30, 2019 6-7 Matt Cross of Beverly, MA said he will take an official visit to USC June 6-7. Former Hammond and North Carolina guard Seventh Woods told The State Tuesday he’s considering USC, Gonzaga and Michigan for his next stop. The Gamecocks currently do not have a scholarship to give so Woods would have to walk-on. He is not a grad transfer to he will have to sit out next next season under NCAA transfer rules.
  14. Tate set to see three schools in June Phil Kornblut | sportstalksc.com | May 29, 2019 Dorman PG 6-0 Myles Tate had another impressive performance in last weekend’s AAU action in Atlanta. His reputation in the recruiting world continues to grow and he added a recent offer from Murray State to a list that includes USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, College of Charleston, Wofford, Appalachian State and others. And Butler is now showing interest. This Saturday, Tate will make an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech. New Hokies coach Mike Young, the former Wofford coach, was in for a visit earlier this month. Of course, Young has had a long-standing relationship with Tate. June 17th, Tate plans to visit USC. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin was scheduled for an in-home visit this month but had to postpone it. He and his assistants continue to do their work with Tate. “I talked to coach Frank Martin a few days ago and he was just telling me that he knows what I can do and he knows how much wants me,” Tate said. “I love South Carolina. They are one of my favorites. I love the way they do things in recruiting. I love how Frank Martin coaches his guys and I love how disciplined they are.” Tate said he’s still open to all the schools that have offered him but along with USC, the other schools standing out the most at this point would be the College of Charleston, Virginia Tech, Murray State and Appalachian State. Along with his visits to USC and Virginia Tech in June, Tate said he’ll also visit Butler. He has not timetable for a decision though he’d like to make one before his season if he can.
  15. Lady Gamecocks get their first commit for 2017 June 25, 2016 6-1 Elisia Grissett of Durham, NC committed to the USC women. She’s the 1st commitment for the 2017 class.
  16. USC Friday 6-9, 290 David McCormack June 25, 2016 USC Friday offered 2018 6-9, 290 David McCormack of Norfolk, VA.
  17. Gamecock Basketball Recruiting News June 22, 2016 6-10 Justyn Hamilton of Charlotte was at USC Tuesday according to Phenom Hoop Report. He has offers from College of Charleston, East Carolina, Charlotte and others. 6-2 Devontae Shuler, the Irmo native who played last season at Oak Hill Prep, VA said he will soon trim his list. USC and Clemson are among his offers. He also has Southern Cal, Florida and NC State offers. 6-5 Naji Marshall of Greenbelt, MD plans to visit USC Friday according to Hoopseen.com. He also plans to visit Pittsburgh Friday. He has been to Xavier and Virginia Tech.
  18. 7-1 Center Khadim Gueye Could Decide Monday April 25, 2016 7-1 Khadim Gueye of Bradenton, FL is to meet with his coach Monday and a decision could come from that conversation. Gueye visited Arizona State late last week. He also visited USC, Long Beach State and South Florida.
  19. USC apparently has offered 6-2 Darwin Morales of Clermont, FL. He indicated such on his Twitter page. He’s in 2016 class.
  20. Martin visited with 6-6 Alpha Diallo Sunday March 2, 2016 USC’s Frank Martin was in New Hampshire Sunday to visit with 6-6 Alpha Diallo of Brewster Academy. According to his coach Jason Smith, Diallo also has offers from Florida, Miami, Providence, VCU and others. He said Diallo is a full qualifier and will schedule official visits after his season ends next week. “Alpha is wide open in regard to his recruiting and is interested in learning more about USC,” Smith said. “He will narrow down his list most likely after the Final Four.”
  21. Basketball: recruiting notes Men's & women Nov. 12, 2015 6-10 Dewan Huell of Miami has not made a decision according to his coach who also said he believes Huell will take an official visit to Mississippi State this weekend. Huell also has taken officials to USC, Florida State and Miami. The coach said he as no idea when Huell will make his decision. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, 6-4 Tori McCoy of Champaign, IL will announce her decision on Monday and sign a letter of intent, St. Thomas More coach Jay Price said via text message. McCoy had intended to sign in the spring. McCoy, who visited Tennessee last month, visited Ohio State last weekend. Price said McCoy, a top 10 national prospect, will go through with her visit to South Carolina this weekend. She’s also visited Marquette.
  22. Basketball Recruiting News September 17, 2015 USC had an in-home visit this week with 2016 PG 6-2 Maliek White of Wytheville, VA. He has over 20 offers but USC has not yet offered. 2017 6-8 Melo Eggleston of Clifton, MD was offered by USC.
  23. Some recruiting notes 09/04/2015 6-6 De’Riante Jenkins of Hargrave Prep, VA said he’s still talking with USC but has not scheduled an official visit. He is scheduled to visit VCU officially this weekend and also has dates set with Clemson, Tennessee and Rutgers. He’s undecided about his fifth visit at this point. 6-1 Seventh Woods of Hammond has cut Florida from his list. Woods told Rich Taylor of MidlandsHSSports.com that he will only visit Georgetown, North Carolina and USC. He will go to Georgetown September 11th, North Carolina two weeks later and USC October 9th. Woods said he could have his decision within a week of his visit with the Gamecocks.
  24. Basketball Recruiting News: August 4, 2015 Per his coach, USC signee Eric Cobb has received Clearinghouse approval and is just waiting on USC admissions. Coach Nick Myles is not expecting any problems with that and he’s expecting Cobb to report Wednesday. 2017 guard Devontae Shuler of Irmo was offered recently by Florida according to GTuckerHoops. Shuler also has USC and Clemson offers among others.
  25. Update on USC signee Eric Cobb; USC hands out another basketball offer July 16, 2015 By Phil Kornblut Link: SportsTalk USC basketball recruit 6-10 Eric Cobb of Jacksonville remains in limbo while the NCAA Clearinghouse reviews his work according to his prep school coach. Nick Myles said earlier this week Cobb is a half-credit short on his grades from his high school and the Clearinghouse is in the process of reviewing his transcripts. Myles remains confident Cobb will be cleared and will join the Gamecocks in August. USC offered 2017 6-3 David Beatty of Radnor, PA Tuesday night. His other reported offers include Georgetown, Miami, Penn State, St. Joseph’s and Siena. USC coach Frank Martin and North Carolina coach Roy Williams were in attendance Wednesday night at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta to watch Seventh Woods in action

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