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  1. Gamecocks, Cougars battling for 6-8 Ja’VonBenson Sept. 20, 2019, | sportstalk 6-8 Ja’Von Benson of Ridge View has become the center of an in-state recruiting battle between USC and the College of Charleston. Benson has taken official visits to each and has not scheduled any others. He’s not completely closed the door on others, but for now, the Gamecocks and Cougars sit atop his list and he’s trying to figure out the best situation for his college future. When he will make that decision is up in the air. “I want to weigh my options and discuss it with my family a little more,” Benson said. “I don’t know. I like both schools. I don’t know what I’m going to do right now. Tough situation for me. It’s two great schools on me. I just hope will wake up one day and say this is where I want to go.” Last weekend Benson made his official visit to USC. He was able to take in the Alabama football game, tour the campus and basketball facilities, and watch the Gamecocks do some work in the weight room. He also met with Frank Martin and other coaches, academic people and the strength coach. “I was able to see the bigger picture there,” Benson said. “It’s not all about basketball, it’s about getting a degree and being successful in the world. I love the players. I’m cool with Trae Hannibal. He kind of told me the ins and outs of going to that type of school. I think my official was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. What else can you say.” Benson said his conversation with Martin was not so much a recruiting pitch as it was encouragement to continue doing what he’s been doing since transferring to Ridge View from Westwood. “He told me to keep working, Benson said. ” He said, I’m not going to promise you any anything, you’ve got to come in here and work.” USC assistant coach Bruce Shingler was in to check on Benson on Tuesday. Thursday the Cougars stopped by to say hello. “They didn’t stay too long,” he said. “The fact they drove from Charleston to here to see me, that means a lot.” Benson said Martin and Charleston coach Earl Grant have yet had their in-home visits with him and they have not yet been scheduled.
  2. Gamecocks offer local forward August 02, 2019, | sportstalk.com 6-8 Ja’Von Benson of Ridge View saw his recruiting get a major boost Thursday. He took an unofficial visit to USC and left with an offer from Frank Martin. Prior to the visit, Benson’s biggest offers stook as Ohio, Indiana State and Murray State. The Gamecock offer now gives him a chance to play at the highest major conference level in the SEC. “I like USC a lot,” Benson said. “I’m definitely interested. I’m just living in the moment.” Martin and his assistants checked out Benson early in his career and over the summer. He helped Ridge View win a state championship last season. And he was impressive on the summer circuit. Martin saw enough to move forward with the offer on the first day of the new “quiet period” on the basketball recruiting calendar. “They’ve been watching me over the years and they’ve said that they believe I would be a great fit,” Benson said. “And they said to keep working. I see a great fit. I’m definitely considering it heavy. I love the program.” Benson also likes Martin’s system for big men and his coaching coaching style and sees that as another positive for the Gamecocks. “Coach Martin likes to feed the post and not put anyone in the post. And he lets people grow,” Benson said. “He’s aggressive and that helps you to become discipline.” Benson said there is no favorite at this point and he has not set up any of his official visits.
  3. Gamecocks checking out another big for 2020 July 24, 2019, | sportstalk.com USC will lose big men Maik Kotsar and Micaiah Henry after this season and that will leave Frank Martin with just two true inside bodies for the following season in Alanzo Frink and Wildens Leveque. So, Martin and his staff this summer watched the various events around the country trying to identify possible replacements. One they like 6-9 Obinna Anochili-Killen, a native of Lagos Nigeria who has spent the last four years in Chapmanville, WV. The Gamecocks last exposure to Anochili-Killen was at the recent Peach Jam in North Augusta. The two sides are building that recruiting relationship that could lead to an offer in the near future. “We’re trying to set up an unofficial visit for after the dead period,” Anochili-Killen said. “I can come in there and play because they are losing two big guys. I’ve been talking to coach Chuck Martin. They are looking for a big guy.” The dead period ends July 31st and the month of August does allow for on-campus visits. Anochili-Killen has taken official visits to Temple and George Washington. Last season hea averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. What he hears from the Gamecock coach is they like his effort level. “They like my motor, how hard I play offensively and defensively,” he said. “I can score in and out. I can face up.” Anochili-Killen has offers from Penn State, VCU, Akron, East Tennessee State, Evansville, George Washington and George Mason.
  4. Q&A with four-star guard Earl Timberlake June 14, 2019 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Four-star guard Earl Timberlake is in the midst of a strong spring and summer. While at NBPA Top 100 Camp, the four-star guard talked to the media about the latest developments in his college recruitment. Through the first two days of the event, Timberlake, a standout at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, is averaging eight points and two rebounds a game. Q&A WITH EARL TIMBERLAKE (CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  5. South Carolina among finalists for 2020 big man Jamille Reynolds from Florida June 14, 2019 On a week when a few of its highest targets were competing at NBAPA Top 100 Camp, South Carolina learned its made the cut for another option in the 2020 recruiting class. Jamille Reynolds, a three-star big man from St. Petersburg, Florida, tweeted Friday his “final five” schools. The list includes Arkansas, Central Florida, Florida, Arkansas and the Gamecocks. Reynolds is a listed 6-9, 230-pounder who averaged 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game last season for Lakewood High School.
  6. USC basketball pledge is ready-made for Frank Martin. ‘I like that tough love’ May 03, 2019 | THE STATE The story of how B.J. Jackson learned Jalyn McCreay would be an ideal fit for Frank Martin and South Carolina starts with McCreary — allegedly — ignoring his coach. A break in game action between Legacy Charter and Tri-City Christian (N.C.) led Jackson to share instruction with McCreary, Legacy’s star forward. Jackson’s tone was mild at the beginning, but it grew more stern as it became clear to the coach that McCreary was missing the point. “I was telling him to do something,” Jackson recalled Thursday, “and I said, ‘Do you hear me?’ And he walked off. And I said, ‘Do you hear me?!?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I hear you.’ (READ MORE)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Another top talent leaving the state 6-6 Christian Brown commits to Georgia March 16, 2019 6-6 Christian Brown, the Columbia native who played this season at Oak Hill Academy, VA Friday announced a commitment to Georgia. Brown made Georgia one of his first official visits. He also took official visits to Clemson, UNLV and Oklahoma State and unofficial visits to USC. According to Brown’s mother Melody Davis, early exposure to the first year Georgia coach Tom Crean was a major factor in their decision. “I was very impressed when Coach Crean first worked with Christian during Adidas Nation camp,” Ms. Davis said. “I loved his passion and thirst for the game. When he got the job at UGA, it just made sense.” This season Brown averaged over 12 points and 5 rebounds per game.
  11. Update on Christian Brown March 08, 2019 SportsTalk Radio Network One of the top unsigned basketball players in the 2019 class is Columbia native 6-6 Christian Brown who is attending Oak Hill Prep, VA this season. Brown continues to weigh his options as he looks toward the April signing period. One of those options is Oklahoma State and, along with his mother Melody Davis, he visited the Cowboys officially last weekend. “Loved the energy from the coaches, players and fans,” Ms. Davis said. “Even though they lost to Kansas, we were impressed on how they were in the game until the very end considering they only have seven scholarship players playing. There is a lot to look forward to with this upcoming 2019 recruiting class Coach (Michael) Boynton is bringing in. Stillwater is a true college town, I would just have to get use to the weather compared to South Carolina.” Boynton, according to Corey Evans of Rivals, was at Oak Hill today to see Brown. That official visit was the fourth taken by Brown. He also has seen Clemson, Georgia and UNLV. Plus, he recently made an unofficial visit to USC and met afterwards with the coaching staff. That same weekend, Frank Martin made an in-home visit with Brown and his mom. “After the home visit with Coach Martin, the Gamecocks have picked up their recruiting interest in Christian,” Ms. Davis said. “After meeting with coach Martin and getting to know him better, I feel he is genuine and really wants his players to succeed on and off the court.” Brown continues to hear from the head coaches at Georgia and UNLV and from Clemson assistant coach Steve Smith according to his mother. And though time for a decision is growing short, she said her son remains open. “I’ve always told Christian to go with how he feels as far as a commitment,” she said. “When it feels right, he will know.” This season Brown averaged 13 points per game shooting 56% from the floor and 77% from the line, and five rebounds per game. He was selected Thursday to play in the Big Baller Brand All Star Game.
  12. Gamecock basketball recruiting updates March 06, 2019 6-6 Dillon Jones of Keenan was offered by Charlotte as reported by PhenomHoops. 6-6 Christian Brown of Columbia and Oak Hill Academy, VA took an official visit to Oklahoma State last weekend with his mother. He also has taken officials to Clemson, UNLV and Georgia and recently visited USC unofficially.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.”
  15. USC has two basketball hoping to land a third November 14, 2018 USC has two basketball commitments and is hoping to land a third for this class. 6-9 Wildens Leveque will sign at 3:00 PM Wednesday and 6-2 Trae Hannibal will sign at 4:00 PM Thursday. The other target for the Gamecocks is 6-5 Gerald Drumgoole. He took official visits to USC and Minnesota.
  16. Gamecocks waiting on the word from Scott OCTOBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Donta Scott 6-6 Donta Scott of Philadelphia has been one of USC’s top targets for over a year. Scott is ranked 141st nationally by Rivals and USC recruiter Perry Clark has been the front man for the Gamecocks recruiting efforts. They’ll learn Sunday or Monday if those efforts paid off. Scott took official visits to USC, La Salle, Temple, Seton Hall and Maryland. The USC visit last weekend was not his first to see the Gamecocks. He was in the house last November when the Gamecocks opened the season at Wofford’s new arena and then came down to Columbia for the weekend. “Oh, he loves South Carolina,” said Howard Hudson, coach of Scott’s AAU team, the Philly Pride. “He loved it because the coaches and everybody in this were just treating treating him well.” Scott saw the Gamecocks practice last year on his visit and got another look inside the program last weekend. “You know, a lot of people were saying Frank was tough and he watched one of the practices,” Hudson said. “I asked him how was practice, and we watched it last year, so he knew kind of what what it was about, and he said it was not a problem. Scott has not yet made his decision and all five schools he visited are still in it. This weekend will be used for decision making with an announcement Sunday or Monday according to Hudson. “South Carolina and Maryland really stood out,” he said. “Comfortable around the players and comfortable around the coaches. Perry did a real good job for South Carolina. He’s been talking to Donta for over a year and a half.” Hudson said Maryland was in Tuesday for a final visit with Scott. USC coaches had their in-home visit last week. As for what will be deciding factors, Hudson sees three. “The coaches, the team’s playing style and the academic support for him.” Scott attends the same school in Philadelphia from where the Gamecocks recruited guard David Beatty. USC women’s coach Dawn Staley, who is a native of Philadelphia, also talked with Scott on his official visit.
  17. South Carolina made his final three, and he’s announcing Friday Oct. 12, 2018 Shortly after making his official visit to South Carolina, Wildens Leveque is set to make his college decision. The big man from Gould Academy in Maine tweeted Thursday evening that he will announce Friday where he’s headed next. USC is one of three finalists, joining VCU and UMass. The listed 6-foot-10, 230-pounder is rated by 247Sports as the No. 64 power forward in the 2019 class. After visiting Columbia last weekend, he told Sports Talk’s Phil Kornblut that the trip -- which included seats to USC’s football win over Missouri -- went “really well.” “I got to experience everything, got to experience a good game of big time football,” Leveque said. “Never been to a official football game before, so that’s pretty exciting. I love the coaching staff, players are really good people.” USC coach Frank Martin, who teamed with assistant Chuck Martin in first seeing Leveque over the summer, is pitching Levque as a potential replacement for the soon-to-be departing Chris Silva, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year. “(Frank Martin) just likes me as a player,” Leveque told Kornblut. “He sees I had a lot of growth in my game. He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva.” Leveque visited VCU and UMass on consecutive weekends in September before ending his trips at USC. (A once-planned visit to Penn State for Oct. 13 won’t happen.) Leveque averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. The son of Haitian immigrants, Leveque is originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. Martin, a former assistant at Northeastern University, has found success at recruiting that area of the country to USC. (See Silva and Alanzo Frink as recent examples.) Gould coach Cory McClure is a former assistant at the University of New Hampshire. They’ve known each other for close to 20 years. “There’s a comfort level with me, comfort level with his AAU coaches in a way that maybe some other coach from down south we wouldn’t have that level of comfort with,” McClure said last month. “Not to say that South Carolina wouldn’t be appealing, but it’s made more appealing by who’s running the ship.” This could be a big weekend for the Gamecocks as Philadelphia swingman Donta Scott, another USC target, is expected to choose his school by Sunday. Carolina has one pledge in its ‘19 class -- Hartsville point guard Trae Hannibal.
  18. Leveque recounts official visit with #Gamecocks OCTOBER 8, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Wildens Leveque 6-9 Wildens Leveque of Brockton, MA made his official visit to USC over the weekend. Part of his visit consisted of attending the Gamecocks’ rain-drenched football game against Missouri. That was a new, and memorable, experience for him. “It went really well,” Leveque said. “I got to experience everything, got to experience a good game of big time football. Never been to a official football game before, so that’s pretty exciting. I love the coaching staff, players are really good people.” Along with football, Leveque watched some hoops as well. He took in a Gamecock practice and got a close up look at how Frank Martin runs things. “Intense practice, you know, big man, they like utilizing the big man a lot,” he said. “They like the big man to run the floor. Going to the last three visits, I like seeing how they utilize their big men.” Leveque also got the chance to talk directly with Martin about his game and how he might fit in with Martin’s system. “He just likes me as a player. He sees I had a lot of growth in my game,” he said. “He said, don’t be surprised if I don’t blow up at South Carolina. He sees me running the floor, you know, big man that could grab boards, expand my game, block shots. Finish around the basket, expanding my game throughout the years. He sees me like a Chris Silva.” Leveque had taken official visits to VCU and home state Massachusetts before coming to USC. If he was moving towards a decision, he said this weekend gave him enough to think about to slow things down. “It just made me think about taking a break and seeing how everything goes, you know, talk to the family because it’s big decision for me and these top schools are really good,” he said. “Now its just time for me to just think about where I want to go or just talk to my family and see what’s happening.” He had thought about taking an official visit to Penn State this coming weekend but said he’s not taking that right now. And he said there are no in home visits planned for this week. He is still planning to make his decision by the end of October. “They’re all really good teams, really good schools, and it’s going to be a tough decision by the end of this month.’ Leveque said he also got the chance to hang out with the other recruit in for an official visit, Dante Scott of Philadelphia.
  19. USC assistant coach Chuck Martin visited 6-9 Wildens Leveque on Wednesday Sept. 27, 2018 USC assistant coach Chuck Martin visited 6-9 Wildens Leveque on Wednesday. Virginia Tech recruiter also was in. Leveque visited VCU last weekend and will visit UMass this weekend. He visits USC next weekend.
  20. Drumgoole excited about upcoming visit with #Gamecocks SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Gerald Drumgoole USC will have one of its key basketball recruiting targets on campus this weekend when 6-5 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY makes an official visit with his parents. They will arrive in Columbia Thursday night and Drumgoole, who attends school in Maine, is anxious to see what Frank Martin and company have to offer. “Going into the visit I’m very excited,” Drumgoole said. “This is actually my first official visit so that will be something I’ll be looking forward to. I’m just hoping to have a great time when I get to campus. I’m just looking for a great vibe, a great city and a great interaction with the players and coaches and just hoping I enjoy myself while I’m down there.” Drumgoole was scheduled for an official visit to Maryland last week but he canceled that. He has no other visits set at this point but plans to take at least one more after the USC visit. He said Georgia and Minnesota are two others hot on his trail right now. Martin has had an in home visit with Drumgoole and Tuesday night he was on the phone with assistant Bruce Shingler. He said from what he’s seen from afar, Martin’s style fits him. “I just like how he’s a tough coach and always holds his players accountable and and holds them to a high intensity, and pushes them every day,” Drumgoole said. “They like my all around game. They like the way that I shoot the ball, how I’m an unselfish player and how I facilitate on the floor.” Drumgoole was the player of the year in Rochester as a junior averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds per game and leading his team to a state title. He also played tight end for his football team but he said his focus now is on basketball.
  21. He canceled his Maryland visit and will instead see Frank Martin and the Gamecocks Sept. 25, 2018 The South Carolina basketball team commences practice this week and this weekend Frank Martin and his staff will play host to one of the top players on their 2019 recruiting board. Gerald Drumgoole, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard La Porte, Ind., said he will visit USC this coming weekend. Drumgoole was scheduled to visit Maryland last weekend but he canceled that visit a few days in advance Drumgoole is a native of Rochester, N.Y. who will play this season for the La Lumiere school, the same school former Gamecock Brian Bowen attended. Gamecock assistant Chuck Martin, who has strong ties in the Indiana recruiting scene, is recruiting Drumgoole. Before transferring to the Indiana school, Drumgoole was one of the top players in New York state after leading his team to a state championship and earning city player of the year honors. He averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. He also was a standout at Peach Jam in July and soon after the major offers started to roll in. He averaged over 10 points and six rebounds a game in that national AAU showcase. Maryland and Georgia were his first big-time offers. Some others on his list are Massachusetts, George Mason, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Temple, St. Bonaventure and DePaul. He’s also hearing from Georgetown, Iowa State and Minnesota. Drumgoole also was a tight end on his high school football team in Rochester before deciding to focus on basketball following his last season of AAU basketball. Notes: ▪ South Carolina football offered 2020 wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (6-0 182) of Washington, D.C. He’s a national level recruit with multiple Power Five offers. ▪ Spartanburg RB Zykamren Robinson visited Tennessee Saturday. ▪ Tre Jackson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Blythewood, took his official visit to Iowa State this weekend. He’s also been officially to Winthrop and Murray State. He holds a Gamecocks offer. ▪ Greensboro, N.C., 2021 6-foot-3 poind guard Carson McCorkle committed to Virginia. Clemson and USC were among his offers.
  22. USC basketball targets taking visits Sept. 22, 2018 6-7 Quincy Guerrier of Quebec, who has a USC offer, will take an official visit to Syracuse this weekend. He has visited Oregon and is scheduled to visit Illinois October 5th.
  23. After a Frank Martin visit, USC basketball big man target schedules trip to Columbia Sept. 20, 2018 The early forecast for Oct. 5 in Columbia calls for 80 degrees and sunshine. Given a second try, Wildens Leveque should make it here this time. Leveque is a listed 6-foot-9, 210-pound power forward who ranks as a three-star recruiting prospect in the 2019 class. Hurricane Florence washed out his originally scheduled visit to South Carolina, but plans have been tweaked accordingly. Leveque will now come to USC on Oct. 5-7 and will presumably take in the Gamecocks’ football game with Missouri that weekend. Cory McClure, Leveque’s coach at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, revealed as much to The State on Thursday. Carolina coaches Frank Martin and Chuck Martin were at Gould on Wednesday to see Leveque. “They spent the latter part of the afternoon here,” McClure said. “We had our typical afternoon workouts and what-not and they had a chance to spend time talking to Wildens before they departed.” Leveque is visiting VCU this weekend and UMass next weekend. After his trip to USC, there’s plans for a trip to Penn State on the weekend of Oct. 13. “I don’t know if he takes all four visits,” McClure said. “I don’t think he really likes the recruiting process. As I told Frank and Chuck, I got to help get it to the point where he gets down to South Carolina. I don’t think he’s going to pull the trigger, but I can see him getting tired of the process really quick. “But I think South Carolina’s in pretty good shape.” Leveque averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. The son of Haitian immigrants, Leveque is originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. Martin, a former assistant at Northeastern University, has found success at recruiting that area of the country to USC. (See Chris Silva and Alanzo Frink as recent examples.) McClure is a former assistant at the University of New Hampshire. They’ve known each other for close to 20 years. “There’s a comfort level with me, comfort level with his AAU coaches in a way that maybe some other coach from down south we wouldn’t have that level of comfort with,” McClure said. “Not to say that South Carolina wouldn’t be appealing, but it’s made more appealing by who’s running the ship.” Leveque is expected to make his final decision this fall. South Carolina, with Hartsville’s Trae Hannibal, has one commitment in its ‘19 class.
  24. Martin checks out Leveque Sept. 20, 2018 USC coach Frank Martin was up in Maine Wednesday to see 6-9 Wildens Leveque. VCU was in Tuesday and he will take an official visit there this weekend. He also has officials set with USC, UMass and Penn State.
  25. South Carolina’s No. 1 2020 basketball prospect likes Gamecocks’ style Sept. 17, 2018 He might well be South Carolina’s No. 1 basketball prospect in the 2020 class. And 6-foot-9 Dorman forward P.J. Hall made a pair of in-state stops in the past couple weeks. It started with dropping by Columbia for the South Carolina-Georgia football game. He attended practice that morning before heading over the Williams-Brice Stadium. He and Gamecock head coach Frank Martin got the chance to discuss future plans should he go that way. “He was talking about how I fit in there and just the atmosphere of the place,” he said. “He talked about what the school is like and if I were to end up there everyone would know who I was and it would be a really great place.” Hall also likes the style of basketball Martin uses, especially on the offensive end. “I know they like to play through the post, they play inside-out, which I like,” Hall said. “A lot of people are getting away from that now. If I ended up there, I know I’d have a great role.” A week later, he joined 2019 No. 1 S.C. recruit Josiah James of Porter Gaud at Clemson. “It was fun, I got to watch the practice and got to watch them go up and down a little bit, too,” Hall said. “I was watching how they would feed the post and all the foot work they were working on for individual work.” Hall also got some individual time with head coach Brad Brownell and learned more about what he has planned for him should he decide to join him.. “He was telling me like where I would stand whenever I came in, not playing wise time but how many post players there would be,” he said. “If I were to get there, there would be three already there, so I would be in a good situation my sophomore year because they would all be seniors my freshman year.” “I like him a lot and I like his system, too,” Hall continued. “They have some stretch forwards that can shoot the ball and handle a little bit and that’s where I feel like I fit in the best. He said once I continue to work on my handling and stuff like that, if I were to play the five and then stretched out to the perimeter, they can’t guard that far in college. That would be a big thing for them.” Hall also has been to Florida and he will visit Georgia for a practice and a football game Sept. 29. He’s expecting USC, Clemson, Stanford, Florida and Tennessee to be by his school soon. The College of Charleston and South Florida have been in. Hall said there are no favorites yet and he wants to make his decision next year around his AAU season.

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