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  1. FEBRUARY 11, 2020 by MICHAEL MCKEE THEBIGSPUR.COM An In-Depth Look At The Gamecocks NCAA Tournament Chances With Just Eight Conference Games Remaining In what seems to be a February tradition for South Carolina men’s basketball, the Gamecocks find themselves fighting tooth and nail for a NCAA Tournament berth. As of today, Carolina’s NET Ranking is 76. In order to be a true bubble team, that ranking needs to be at 55 or better, which seems like a pretty long way to go for the Gamecocks, given their two Quad 4 losses to Boston and Stetson. The Gamecocks have a 3-5 record against Quad 1 teams, with wins over Kentucky, at Arkansas, and at Virginia. The Quad 1 losses that the Gamecocks have suffered were the games against Houston, Northern Iowa, Florida, at Tennessee, and at Auburn. In Quad 2, the Gamecocks’ lone win is at Clemson, with losses to Wichita State and at Ole Miss. Currently, the Gamecocks have a perfect 5-0 record against Quad 3 teams. As this regular season draws to a close with eight games remaining, each game for Carolina is of the utmost importance if they are going to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. In the remaining contests, Carolina has an opportunity for three Quad 1 wins (at Mississippi State, vs. LSU, and at Alabama) and two Quad 2 wins (at Georgia and vs. Mississippi State), with the remaining contests being Quad 3 games, except for the regular-season ending game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, which is the Gamecocks’ lone opportunity for a Quad 4 win remaining this season. After analyzing Carolina’s remaining schedule, the Gamecocks need to finish the rest of the regular season at a minimum of 6-2 with no more Quad 3 or 4 losses to become a bubble team. Finishing the regular season with a 20-11 (12-6 SEC) record would give Carolina a reasonable chance at the 4-seed in the SEC Tournament, securing a double-bye in Nashville. With 20 regular-season wins and a good showing (at least two wins) in the SEC Tournament, the Gamecocks’ ranking would move into the neighborhood of the top-50, which has seemingly been the magic number for Power Five teams since the NCAA moved to the NET rankings instead of the RPI. The next two weeks of games are huge for Carolina’s tournament chances, and anything worse than a record of 3-1 would put the nail in the coffin for their chances of an at-large bid. Beginning with Wednesday’s game against Georgia in Athens, every game remaining on the schedule has to be viewed as a must-win. Given the Gamecocks’ recent form, they can surely compete with every other team in the SEC, so a tournament berth is not impossible, although the losses to Boston and Stetson have left the margin for error razor thin for Frank Martin’s squad. Long story short, the Gamecocks have to keep winning and let the doubters and experts speak for themselv
  2. Justin Minaya had an incredibly successful surgery on his thumb and Frank Martin said Minaya has a chance to return at some point near the end of the season. Martin said the following. “The surgery was a home run from what I was told, I don’t want to give you a date because you know how that goes but we’re looking at some time in early march. There is a possibility he can play this year.” Who will step in for Minaya absence: With Minaya out, though, it leaves a glaring opening in the Gamecocks’ starting lineup. Wildens Leveque got the start against the Rebels and played 21 minutes, scoring two points with one rebound. Entering Saturday’s game Martin’s not sure if it’ll be Leveque or someone else starting. “I ran practice yesterday a certain way with certain lineups and then I had a different lineup today. I’ll sleep on it tonight and have a decision in the morning; I kind of like Wildens coming off the bench,” Martin said. “For whatever reason he plays a lot better when he comes off the bench. If he has to start, he has to be prepared for that. He’s a great kid. I know he’ll do whatever we ask him to do.” Right now it’s between three guys to start with Leveque, Alanzo Frink and Jalyn McCreary. Frink started four games to start the season but hasn’t played more than 16 minutes in SEC play while McCreary is settling into a nice groove in league play and has never started a collegiate game.
  3. South Carolina uses strong first half to top Texas A&M, 74-54 Couisnard (19) and Lawson (18) lead the way for Gamecocks at home Feb. 08, 2020 Jermaine Couisnard scored 19 points and AJ Lawson 18 as South Carolina used a big first-half run to put away Texas A&M 74-54 on Saturday.Couisnard and Lawson combined for six of the Gamecocks' eight 3-pointers to win their fourth straight over the Aggies (11-11, 5-5 Southeastern Conference). (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. Allen Sharpe BOX SCORE 54 Texas A&M 11-11, 5-5 SEC 74 South Carolina 14-9, 6-4 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Texas A&M 23 31 54 South Carolina 41 33 74 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/8/2020 | By: Pete IacobelliI | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report South Carolina uses strong first half to top Texas A&M, 74-54 Couisnard (19) and Lawson (18) lead the way for Gamecocks at home Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) POSTGAME MEDIA (VIDEO) Next Game: at Georgia 2/12/2020 | 6:30 PM SEC Network LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Jermaine Couisnard scored 19 points and AJ Lawson 18 as South Carolina used a big first-half run to put away Texas A&M 74-54 on Saturday. Couisnard and Lawson combined for six of the Gamecocks' eight 3-pointers to win their fourth straight over the Aggies (11-11, 5-5 Southeastern Conference). South Carolina (14-9, 6-4) has won six of its past eight league games after starting SEC play at 0-2. And this time, the Gamecocks did it with a first-half charge where they went from trailing by nine points to up 41-23 at the half. Couisnard and Lawson led the surge with their outside shooting. Lawson hit a 3-pointer after South Carolina had fallen behind 9-0 the first three minutes. Couisnard, a freshman, put the Gamecocks up for good, 19-18, with nine minutes left in the opening half. He capped the half with a long, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that got the crowd to its feet and put South Carolina ahead by 18 points at the break. The Gamecocks built the lead to 61-30 early in the second half, although the Aggies never got closer than 22 points the rest of the way. It was a strong bounce back for the Gamecocks, who had come off a disappointing loss to on the road last time out to Ole Miss, tied for 11th in the league. Couisnard was again front and center with 12 points in the half including the buzzer-beating 3-pointer that was reminiscent of his game winner in a 71-68 victory over Kentucky last month. Texas A&M missed 10 of its last 11 shots of the half to fall into the large hole it could not climb out of. Quenton Jackson had 16 points to lead the Aggies.KEY STATS > South Carolina finished the first half on a 23-5 run over the final 8:20 to open an 18-point lead that it would never relinquish. > The Gamecocks shot it well at the foul line, going 20-of-27 (74.0 percent) in the game. > Carolina's defense had 13 steals (one shy of matching season-high) helping lead to 21 points off turnovers on the offensive end. NOTABLES > Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard continued to thrive in his new role at the point guard position, leading the team with 19 points. He also had four rebounds and three assists. > Sophomore AJ Lawson finished with 18 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action. He was 4-of-7 from 3 matching a season-high for makes from distance. In two games vs. the Aggies this season, Lawson is 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from behind the arc. > Senior Maik Kotsar had 10 points (3-for-6 FGs) with a team-high four assists and four steals. The Tallinn, Estonia, native, leads the team with 37 steals on the season. > Kotsar was 4-for-4 at the free throw line and has made 14 in-a-row at the charity stripe dating back to the second half vs. Missouri (2/1/20). > South Carolina has now won four-straight in the series against Texas A&M. > Since dropping the SEC home opener after the New Year against Florida (1/7/20), the Gamecocks are 4-0 at home in league action. UP NEXT Carolina travels to face Georgia on Wednesday in its next SEC road matchup. The meeting will be the first between the two schools this season. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast in Athens.
  5. Justin Minaya had surgery, whats next? Feb. 06, 2020 Justin Minaya missed Wednesday’s loss to Ole Miss. He’s not going to be around for any South Carolina games in the near future, either. Coach Frank Martin said following the 84-70 downer to the Rebels that Minaya is scheduled for surgery on his left thumb at 10 a.m. Thursday. Results from that procedure will dictate how long the Gamecocks (13-9, 5-4 SEC) will be without their starting swingman. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  6. Justin Minaya had surgery, whats next? Feb. 06, 2020 Justin Minaya missed Wednesday’s loss to Ole Miss. He’s not going to be around for any South Carolina games in the near future, either. Coach Frank Martin said following the 84-70 downer to the Rebels that Minaya is scheduled for surgery on his left thumb at 10 a.m. Thursday. Results from that procedure will dictate how long the Gamecocks (13-9, 5-4 SEC) will be without their starting swingman. Martin said commits on the injury. “We’ll have a better idea of the length (of absence) once they go in there and they see the extent of the damage. The MRIs and all that confirmed that he did need surgery. “There’s a chance that he could play again. It probably won’t be until March. But I don’t have that answer for you until the doctors do what they have to do [Thursday] morning.” Minaya, who’s started 56 of his 58 games at South Carolina, took a medical redshirt last year because of a knee injury in November. The 6-foot-5 sophomore was rounding back in good form this season — see nine points, seven rebounds, two assists a game in SEC play until he collided with Mizzou’s Tray Jackson on Saturday while going after an offensive rebound. He exited the game with 32.6 seconds left in the first half, but returned for 13 second half minutes with his thumb taped. The injury, however, was a serious one. South Carolina has seven games left in February before closing the regular season March 3 at home against Mississippi State and March 7 at Vanderbilt. The SEC Tournament begins March 11 in Nashville. Without the versatile Minaya on Wednesday, the Gamecocks lost for the first time in four games and allowed their season-high for points.
  7. Tyree's big night leads Ole Miss past South Carolina, 84-70 Couisnard (28) and Kotsar (19) the only Gamecocks in double figures Breein Tyree scored a career-high 38 points and Mississippi placed three players in double figures Wednesday and the Rebels defeated South Carolina 84-70. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. Gamecocks Athletics BOX SCORE 70 South Carolina 13-9, 5-4 SEC 84 Ole Miss 11-11, 2-7 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 32 38 70 Ole Miss 43 41 84 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/5/2020 | By: Chris Burrows | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Tyree's big night leads Ole Miss past South Carolina, 84-70 Couisnard (28) and Kotsar (19) the only Gamecocks in double figures Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Texas A&M 2/8/2020 | 1 PM SEC Network LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Breein Tyree scored a career-high 38 points and Mississippi placed three players in double figures Wednesday and the Rebels defeated South Carolina 84-70. Tyree finished 12 of 21 from the field, 11 of 13 from the free throw line and added three rebounds and two assists. Blake Hinson and Khadim Sy scored 13 and 10 points, respectively as Ole Miss (11-11, 2-7 SEC) never trailed. The Rebels raced to an 8-0 lead in the opening three minutes, led 43-32 at halftime and by as many as 19 points, 72-53, on a 3-point shot by Tyree with 6:29 remaining. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by South Carolina (13-9, 5-4), led by Jermaine Couisnard's career-high 28 points. Maik Kotsar added 19 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Ole Miss shot 27 of 57 (47.4%) from the field, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range, and 24 of 32 (75%) from the free throw line. The Rebels out rebounded South Carolina 39-29, as Khadim Sy had a team-high eight rebounds. South Carolina was 23 of 56 (41%) from the field, 6 of 20 (30%) from the 3-point line, highlighted by Couisnard with 8 of 18 from the field, including three 3s.KEY STATS > Ole Miss opened up a double-digit lead at halftime after shooting nearly 51.9 percent (14-of-27) the first half. > Carolina went on a 9-0 run late to cut the deficit to 10, 72-62 with 4:44 to go, but the Rebels responded with six-straight points by Tyree to swing back momentum.NOTABLES > Redshirt freshman Jermaine Cousinard scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Gamecocks. He made eight field goals and was 9-of-13 at the free throw line (both career highs at the charity stripe). The East Chicago, Ind., native, has now scored in double figures in six of his eight appearances in SEC play. > Senior Maik Kotsar scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals as well. > Tonight's loss snapped a three-game winning streak in league play by South Carolina. UP NEXT South Carolina returns home for Legends Weekend at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday when the Gamecocks host Texas A&M (11-10, 5-4 SEC). Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will have the call for the 1 p.m. ET broadcast on the SEC Network.
  9. Frank Martin spoke Monday morning to the media leading off with some bad news on the injury front February 03, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Looking a bad injury that could sideline his steady swingman Justin Minaya who injured the left thumb late in the first half of Saturday’s win over Missouri, could be out for an extended period of time. Martin didn’t have a full update when he addressed reporters, but he sounded less than optimistic about Minaya playing Wednesday at Ole Miss and beyond. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  10. The path to March Madness for the Gamecocks January 31, 2020 Gamecocks beat Arkansas on Wednesday, meaning it went from losing at home to a team with a NET ranking in the 300s to taking a road game over a team with a NET of 28. And not only that, the result gave the Gamecocks (12-8, 4-3 SEC) a 4-1 very strong finish to January. Gamecocks now enter February which will make or break it's bid for the NCAA's. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  11. Gamecocks move up 13 in NET ranking to 75 after win at Arkansas.
  12. The path to March Madness for the Gamecocks January 31, 2020 Gamecocks beat Arkansas on Wednesday, meaning it went from losing at home to a team with a NET ranking in the 300s to taking a road game over a team with a NET of 28. And not only that, the result gave the Gamecocks (12-8, 4-3 SEC) a 4-1 very strong finish to January. Gamecocks now enter February which will make or break it's bid for the NCAA's. The Arkansas win helped in that cause by jumping Carolina up 13 spots to No. 75 in NET, the metric that has replaced RPI as a main evaluating tool for the NCAA Tournament selection committee. There’s no magic number to hit to earn an at-large bid to the Big Dance St. John’s got in last year with a NET of 73 while N.C. State (33) and Clemson (35) were left out — and you’ll get a headache trying to guess. But just know the Gamecocks need wins and they’re set up for a ton of them over these next 30 days. The combined conference record for the Gamecocks remaining nine opponents in February is 28-35. Only Florida (26-37) has an easier slate among SEC teams. Games the Gamecocks Can’t-lose: Missouri (Saturday), Texas A&M (Feb. 8), Georgia (Feb. 26) South Carolina already has two quadrant four losses to its name with Stetson and Boston University. Falling to any of the Tigers (NET 84), Aggies (126) or Bulldogs (97) at home would mean a quadrant three loss. For a team with so little room for error, these would be damaging results. Now let's look at Winnable games. Winnable opportunities are: at Ole Miss (Feb. 5), at Georgia (Feb. 12), Tennessee (Feb. 15) If you’re making a case for the Gamecocks as of now, you must highlight its 5-2 road record. The Gamecocks, as of Thursday afternoon, are one of six teams among the nation’s biggest conferences ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, and SEC with at least five true road wins. This makes road trips to Oxford where the Gamecocks are 1-5 under Martin and Athens seem all that more favorable. The Volunteers (12-8, 4-3) have won five straight against the Gamecocks, but the last was by a bucket in Knoxville. Carolina should be favored in the rematch. Building their résumé: at Mississippi State (Feb. 19), LSU (Feb. 22), at Alabama (Feb. 29) Gamecock’s enigma of a résumé includes three quadrant one wins (second-most in the SEC behind Kentucky’s four) and two quad four losses (most in the SEC). As of Jan. 30, the Bulldogs, Tigers and Crimson Tide represent three more Q1 opportunities for the Gamecocks, though none of them are cakewalks. South Carolina has lost three of four in Starkville and Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa is one of two SEC venues where Martin has yet to leave a winner. No. 22 LSU enters Saturday’s hosting of Ole Miss as the league’s last undefeated team. SEC STANDINGS LSU 7-0 Kentucky 6-1 Auburn 5-2 South Carolina 4-3 Mississippi State 4-3 Alabama 4-3 Florida 4-3 Tennessee 4-3 Texas A&M 4-3 Arkansas 3-4 Missouri 2-5 Georgia 1-6 Ole Miss 1-6 Vanderbilt 0-7
  13. WITH VIDEOS COACH & SELECTED PLAYERS: Keynotes from today's presser with Coach Frank Martin Jan. 20, 2020 Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET - South Carolina at Auburn, Auburn Arena, ESPNU Frank Martin said TJ Moss is back after a death in the family, Hannibal's left ankle is better but there is still pain, the swelling has gone down, and Bryant is improved with his head injury but it's day today. Bryant also deals with migraines. Frank Martin said Jermaine Couisnard is giving his team some personality. The Gamecocks (10-7, 2-2 SEC) is coming off a perfect week when they knocked off the Aggies and then-No. 10 Kentucky. Auburn, ranked as high as No. 4 last week, is on a two-game skid.
  14. South Carolina parts ways with point guard Rakym Felder April 23, 2018 South Carolina is parting ways with reserve guard Rakym Felder, coach Frank Martin said in a statement Monday morning. The decision ends a rocky relationship that has spanned the last two years. Felder was suspended indefinitely from the program last summer after a couple incidents, including an arrest. Martin did partially reinstate Felder for the spring semester, but ultimately arrived at the decision to part ways. “When Rakym and I met to discuss his return to our program, there were certain things that I asked of him and unfortunately he has not met those expectations,” Martin said in a release. “I’m disappointed that he did not take advantage of the opportunity to fully return to our program. We wish him the best with his future.” Among his various issues was an October 2016 arrest on charges of simple assault and resisting arrest. In his one season with the Gamecocks, Felder averaged 5.6 points and 1.3 assists per contest. He did shoot an efficient 42 percent from beyond the arc, but on only 2.3 attempts per game. Should he chose (and have the option) to transfer to another division one program, Felder would have two remaining years of eligibility after sitting out one additional season. Felder is a former 3-star prospect from Fort Mill, South Carolina.
  15. Ray Tanner shares latest on Brian Bowen situation April 20, 2018 The latest on Bowen Earlier this week, Bowen declared for the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent, which keeps him eligible to return to South Carolina. However, his status with the NCAA is still uncertain. “It’s moving along,” Tanner said. “Chance Miller has done a wonderful job of handling that. I think that y’all know everything that I know, based on what has been reported about the process and the way it’s handled.” Bowen, a former 5-star recruit, was alleged to have received $100,000 from adidas for signing with Louisville in 2017. Bowen, who denied knowledge of the payment, was ruled ineligible by Louisville following an FBI probe. Tanner added that South Carolina is “on their timeline,” as it relates Bowen’s status with the NCAA.
  16. South Carolina's Brian Bowen putting name in NBA Draft pool April 18, 2018 According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Brian Bowen will be testing the NBA waters. The former Louisville recruit who transferred to South Carolina in January is a centerpiece to the FBI’s probe into college basketball and still must be reinstated by the NCAA to play in games. The NBA entry, Goodman reported, is precautionary in case Bowen doesn't get cleared by the NCAA. Bowen told Goodman he does not plan to hire an agent, meaning he can return to USC. "I just felt that it was the right decision," Bowen told ESPN on Wednesday. "My goal is still to play college basketball, but I felt as though it makes sense to cover my bases." Bowen, a McDonald's All-American in 2017, has yet to play a college game. He sat all of last season. USC coach Frank Martin, speaking Monday before a "Spurs Up" event in Lancaster, said "there's no rush" in Bowen's eligibility case. "It's a sensitive deal," Martin said. "Brian understood the situation he's in, we understood the situation. "There's no rush. We're not trying to hit the fast forward button on that. Brian and his family want things done right. We want things done right." Bowen hosted T.J. Moss on a recruiting visit to Columbia this weekend. Moss, an ESPN-rated four-star guard from Memphis, committed to South Carolina on Sunday. Bowen, who signed with Louisville in summer 2017, spent the fall semester enrolled at the school but did not play. Though not mentioned directly, Bowen was identified later as the “unnamed player” that Adidas funneled $100,000 to at the request of a Louisville coach. The FBI alleges that Brian Bowen Sr., Brian Bowen’s father, received a payment worth $19,500.
  17. Silva Declares For 2018 NBA Draft, Eligible To Return April 17, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina junior forward Chris Silva announced on Tuesday that he plans to submit his name for the 2018 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent. Silva will have until 10 days following the NBA Draft Combine (May 16-20, Chicago) to make his decision to remain in the draft, or return to South Carolina for his senior season. “I want to thank my family, my teammates, my coaches and all of our amazing fans at the University of South Carolina for all of the support I’ve received so far during my time as a Gamecock. After meeting with Coach Frank, I’m excited about the opportunity to declare for the draft, without hiring an agent. I’m looking forward to going through the process.” “Chris’ work on the court has earned him the respect of everyone in the SEC, and also of people in the NBA,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said. “With the opportunity to declare, he will be able to gather more information and get a feel for what the NBA’s opinions of him are. We are excited for Chris and that the rules allow him the opportunity to test the waters.” Silva led the Gamecocks in points (14.3 per game) and rebounds (8.0 per game) this season, en route to First Team All-SEC accolades from the league’s coaches. He was also honored on the All-Defensive Team, and was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Silva registered 26 double-figure scoring games this season, which was a team high, while he was also stellar at the free throw line, leading the SEC in both attempts (283, 2nd nationally), and makes (213, 6th nationally). He scored a career high 27 points in Gamecock wins over Vanderbilt and No. 18 Kentucky, and posted nine double-doubles on the year.
  18. Frank Martin hints when next step with Rakym Felder could come April 17, 2018 LANCASTER, S.C. South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin doesn’t have a definite timeframe for the next big step toward Rakym Felder’s return. But he dropped a little hint. “I’ve had him doing all kinds of stuff, which I’m going to speak about pretty soon,” Martin said Monday at a Spurs Up Tour event. “I wanted to let him get through the semester before I kind of make public some of the things that we asked him to do.” It’s part of Felder’s journey back from the incident last summer that ended with him off the team in fall semester. He returned to campus in the spring and was around the basketball program, but he wasn’t playing. Martin said numerous times Felder was eligible and could play, but was being held out as a process of earning trust again. Felder was suspended in mid-August after a July 13, 2017 arrest that according to police reports started with the Brooklyn, N.Y., native spitting on a woman, which started a “large brawl.” The charges have since been dropped. That was Felder’s second suspension from the team. He also was arrested Oct. 23, 2016, after an incident at bar involving a Columbia police officer, according to an incident report from the Columbia Police Department. Felder averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as a freshman, helping USC to the Final Four. The backup point guard posted nine double-figure scoring games, including a 15-point performance in Carolina’s upset of No. 2 seed Duke in the NCAA Tournament. South Carolina’s point guard situation was dire last season, in which USC missed the NCAA Tournament and narrowly missed the NIT. But Martin held him back, and Monday he promised to explain what he’s asked of Felder to again earn his spot on the roster. “Eventually we’re going to speak about it,” Martin said. “I just want to make sure he got through them first before everyone knows the criteria that I put in front of him before we can consider playing basketball. He’s been his typical fun-loving self.”
  19. Frank Martin updates Brian Bowen's situation at South Carolina April 17, 2018 LANCASTER, S.C. - Speaking seven months before opening night of the 2018-19 season, South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin said "there's no rush" in getting his potential best player eligible. McDonald's All-American and five-star forward Brian Bowen, the former Louisville recruit wrapped up at the heart of the FBI's probe into college basketball, enrolled at USC in January. He still must be reinstated by the NCAA to play in games for the Gamecocks next season. "It's a sensitive deal," Martin said before a "Spurs Up" tour stop. "Brian understood the situation he's in, we understood the situation. "There's no rush. We're not trying to hit the fast forward button on that. Brian and his family want things done right. We want things done right." Bowen, who signed with Louisville in summer 2017, spent the fall semester enrolled at the school but did not play. Though not mentioned directly, Bowen was identified later as the “unnamed player” that Adidas funneled $100,000 to at the request of a Louisville coach. The FBI alleges that Brian Bowen Sr., Brian Bowen’s father, received a payment worth $19,500. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was fired in October. Bowen came to USC three months later. “I can tell you, after being around him for three months, unbelievable kid," Martin said. "Just an unbelievable family. I’m talking about his talent. His talent as a basketball player is real good. Who he is, he just brings people together. He’s engaging. In recruiting, he’s been tremendous with the recruits on campus. He’s fun.”
  20. Frank Martin addresses South Carolina's offseason transfers April 17, 2018 LANCASTER, S.C. - Speaking in the hometown of the most decorated player he’s had as South Carolina’s coach, Frank Martin made sure to mention Sindarius Thornwell on Monday evening. “We’re going to run a program under the same guidelines we asked Michael Carrera, Sindarius, P.J. (Dozier), Duane (Notice), Mindaugas (Kacinas), take your pick,” Martin said before speaking at a “Spurs Up” tour stop. “We’re going to run a program where they’re going to be asked to follow the same protocol as all those other guys were following.” Thornwell, the 2016-17 SEC player of the year and centerpiece to USC’s Final Four run, finished his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers last Wednesday. Five days later, his alma mater announced that freshman guard David Beatty had been granted his release, becoming the third Gamecock to transfer since the end of the 2017-18 season. Beatty, a former four-star recruit out of Philadelphia, joins Khadim Gueye and Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia as recent Carolina departures. “I don’t want to force people to stay in our program that don’t want to share the same kind of views and responsibilities that all of us that have been there, the ones that have come through and help build, that they created,” Martin said. “I’m the caretaker. Sindarius, Mike, all those guys, they came in, they created the personality of our program. Now I’m the caretaker. I make sure that we keep building from there.” Beatty’s transfer gives the Gamecocks two open scholarships to fill out the 2018 recruiting class. Memphis point guard T.J. Moss committed to USC on Sunday, joining fellow incoming freshman guard Jermiane Couisnard and forward Alanzo Frink. “Some guys want quicker results,” Martin said. “They got to make decisions that’s what’s best for them.” VerbalCommits.com – as of Monday evening – reports 482 players transferring in Division I basketball this offseason. That number was 884 last year, including two from South Carolina – Ran Tut and Sedee Keita. “There’s nothing wrong with transferring, but that should be your last alternative,” Martin said. “That means that you should exhaust every opportunity to make it work.”
  21. Why a demanding Frank Martin is a good thing for USC new point guard November 15, 2017 Hassani Gravett checked out, walked past a stern Frank Martin and plopped down next to Chris Silva on South Carolina’s bench. On the floor, Western Michigan’s Jarrin Randall attempted the last of three free throws. Over 12 minutes remained in the first half of Monday’s game and the Gamecocks point guard wasn’t going anywhere soon. Gravett picked his second foul when he bumped Randall on a 3-point try with one second left on the shot clock. The situation was less than ideal for a USC player who views himself as a leader of this 2017-18 team. “I got frustrated,” Gravett said. But as he watched the rest of the half unfold, Gravett went from pouting to scouting. He noticed the Broncos were executing their offense with little variety. “They were kind of just repeating the same plays over and over again,” he said, “so when I got back in the game I was able to pick out which plays they were running and was able to talk to my teammates and call out what they were about to do.” USC limited WMU to 35 percent shooting in the second half en route to a 78-60 win at Colonial Life Arena. Gravett scored 13 of his career-high 15 points over the final 20 minutes. He never fouled again. “Last year he probably pouts and probably tries to change the channel and tries to disengage from the game,” Martin said, “I think you saw the way he played in the second half. He engaged. He obviously paid attention to what was said and paid attention to the game and went out in the second half. “And it’s not just because he made 3s. He ran our team, he played defense. He was really good in the second half.” South Carolina (2-0) is in Conway on Thursday for the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. The Gamecocks at 11:30 a.m. take on Illinois State (0-1) inside Costal Carolina’s HTC Center. This will be the second of what’s guaranteed to be a four-game week. It’s a unique challenge for a bunch still getting to know one another. Veterans like Gravett and Silva are familiar with tournament setups and how Martin manages them. Newcomers such as Justin Minaya, Felipe Haase, Frank Booker and Kory Holden are in for an education. “I think we just got to keep them motivated and keep them going,” Gravett said, “We got a lot of games over a short period, so we just got to keep the guys fighting and pushing through.” Gravett on Thursday is likely to start his third game this season, matching his total from all of 2016-17. The junior has had to step up in role, responsibility and production. He’s averaging 10 points, 2.5 assists and just one turnover. Martin, though, has found satisfaction in Gravett beyond his numbers. “When we’re playing Virginia Tech (in a Nov. 5 exhibition game), I asked him to sub and I didn’t tell him for who on purpose because somebody made a bad mistake,” Martin recalled Monday. “He had no idea who he was going in for. So I sat him back down and then I kind of drilled him the next day. “That’s responsibility. He wants to lead. If he didn’t want to lead, I wouldn’t be on him. He wants to lead, so I got to give him responsibility and hold him accountable every opportunity I have. “ Gravett passed Martin’s demanding test against Western Michigan. “He showed a lot of growth (Monday) because I dug in him in the first half,” Martin said. “I dug in him when he committed his second foul and kept digging in him as the half progressed about our point guard play not being good.” The winner of USC-Illinois State faces the winner of Boise State-UTEP in a Friday semifinal game. The losing teams will play Friday in the consolation bracket. THE STATE
  22. South Carolina backcourt to receive boost in season opener November 09, 2017 After a game off, Kory Holden will be a go Friday when South Carolina begins its regular season at Wofford. USC coach Frank Martin said as much Wednesday during a press conference at Colonial Life Arena. Holden, a junior guard, was held out Sunday when the Gamecocks played their final exhibition game against Virginia Tech. The Delaware transfer had his left knee wrapped. “Kory’s fine,” Martin said. “Like I said over the weekend, if that would have been a real game, he would have dressed and I would have thrown him out there. “He’s fine. Like anyone coming off an injury, he’s trying to get to a place of peace with his own body. That’s just normal, it is what it is. There’s nothing you can do to circumvent that process. He’ll get there. “He’s fine, he’ll play.” Holden had minor knee surgery last season, his sit-out year after transferring. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder averaged nearly 15 points per game in two seasons with Delaware. Holden played 16 minutes against Erskine on Oct. 30 in South Carolina’s first exhibition game. He had one rebound and two assists, but missed both of his field goal attempts and didn’t score.
  23. Coach Frank Martin on job openings: ‘I came here to do a job’ March 08, 2017 South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin’s name has been floated into some potential job opening lists this offseason, mainly a report from Sports Illustrated about the NC State coaching job. Martin addressed those possible openings and how he feels about remaining at South Carolina on Tuesday. “I came here to do a job and I want to see that job through,” Martin said. “We are close. We have made progress. I want to see that job through.” The Gamecocks are on the verge of a potential NCAA Tournament berth and start the SEC Tournament on Friday. Martin was surprised to hear his name was being mentioned in coaching circles. “If my name is being thrown out there, I’m flattered,” Martin said. “I’m in a great, great place. I work for incredible people. I have unbelievable respect for my two bosses, Ray Tanner and Harris Pastides.” Martin, who is in his fifth year with the Gamecocks, said he does not pay attention this time of year to what people are writing because “of all that nonsense and all that stuff that gets put out there.” He also noted that the contract extension he signed last offseason came with a big buyout, which is “scary.” “Growing up as a kid, I moved 15 times in my first 17 years on this planet,” Martin said. “I don’t like moving. I don’t enjoy moving to a new block and meeting new people every year. “I wouldn’t have signed that contract last year if my intent was to leave here. I had the opportunities last year. I wouldn’t have signed my contract last year.”

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