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  1. Some new video of 7’ 5-Star Gamecock legacy John Butler Jr. From this AAU season. Do you know anything on this kid doublea1971? Hope we can get in the picture with him IAmJamieShaw posted this on another site excerpt from an article John Butler Jr. is a Truly Unique Talent by Jamie Shaw phenomhoopreport.com Ask anyone around the state and they will tell you that John Butler Jr. is next up. If the recent run of talent tells you anything, coming from the state of South Carolina, that means something. Recently, South Carolina has produced some major talent. Especially the top player in each class, has been considered among the top prospects in the country. The likes of Sindarius Thornwell and LJ Peak, PJ Dozier, Seventh Woods, Jalek Felton and Nick Claxton, Zion Williamson, Josiah James, etc…have all claimed the top (two) spots in South Carolina as well as Top 30 or so spots in the nation. South Carolina’s 2021 class is lining up to be as good of a class as any of them. Even the 2017 class which saw nice players get recruited at the high major level. The 2021 class is shaping up to have no shortage of high major prospects, with ten or so players at this time looking to be recruited at that level. That group of players is led by 6’11” sophomore John Butler Jr. from Christ Church High School in Greenville, South Carolina. At the most recent Nike Elite 100 Camp, which brings the best underclassmen in the country together to compete each year, Butler measured an enormous 7’3” wing span.
  2. Terrance Williams of Washington, DC cut his list to a final seven May 10, 2019 6-6 Terrance Williams of Washington, DC cut his list to a final seven of USC, NC State, DePaul, Virginia, Stanford, Georgetown and Notre Dame.
  3. Men's basketball recruiting news of the day May 08, 2019 6-9 PJ Hall of Dorman was offered by Maryland according to Phenom Hoops. TheBigSpur reported 6-9 grad transfer Micaiah Henry took an official visit to USC Monday and Tuesday. Henry is an Atlanta native who played at Tennessee Tech. As a redshirt junior last season, Henry averaged nearly 10 points and 5 rebounds per game.
  4. Gamecock Basketball Recruiting Notes May 02, 2019 USC target 6-6 Terrence Williams will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. He also has visited Stanford and Virginia. USC coach Frank Martin was among the coaches in on Wednesday to see 6-6 Earl Timberlake of Hyattsville, MD according to @stockrisers.
  5. Gamecock coaching staff checks out two April 25, 2019 USC basketball coaches were at Ridge View Wednesday checking on 2020 6-8 Ja’Von Benson and 2021 PG Tyler Rice. Benson sat out last season after transferring from Westside.
  6. The bulk of USC’s basketball coaching staff was at Keenan Tuesday April 24, 2019, | By SportsTalk Radio Network The bulk of USC’s basketball coaching staff was at Keenan Tuesday for the final day of the next to last recruiting period for this basketball calendar. They were there for a fourth period workout that included 6-5 Dillon Jones. Frank Martin, Chuck Martin and Bruce Singler got some good evaluation time and then the two assistants had a the chance to chat up Jones. “It just reminded me how cool they are,” Jones said. “They are just good people man. They are just good people to be around. I know if I go there I won’t be all uptight. I can relax around them. Coach (Frank) Martin, as soon as I walked in, he was having a conversation with Coach Earl Grant from College of Charleston. They were talking for awhile and by the time it ended we had already started working out. He had to leave so I didn’t get the chance to talk to him. I texted him and told him thanks for coming and he told me he’d be back next week.” USC is the biggest offer Jones has at this point, but he realizes his recruiting is just starting to take shape, so there’s not reason for him to get ahead of himself and start zeroing in on one program. He hasn’t gotten that far yet with the Gamecocks. “Honestly, we didn’t get into all that, I think that’s why Coach Martin told me he would get back to me next week,” he said. “There were so many coaches there today we didn’t have a lot of time to talk one-on-one. When he comes back to visit me again, I’m pretty sure we’re going to start talking more in detail about stuff like that.” Also in to watch Jones today were Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, SC State head coach Murray Garvin, and assistant coaches from Temple and Upstate. The only in home visit he’s had thus far was last week with Appalachian State. Hofstra has talked to him about an in home visit. This coming weekend Jones and his AAU team will compete in a top event in Dallas where he knows he’ll get more exposure in front of coaches, and that he said should lead to more recruiting activity. “Lot of coaches won’t really know what I am (position-wise) until I play this weekend and they get a good feel for what I am, and that’s when schools are going to prioritize me,” Jones said. “The only school that I really know that’s prioritizing me is Appalachian State. I’m a big priority to them. I talk to Coach Young every day. He texts me every day. Coastal Carolina is starting to pick it back up too.” Jones led Keenan to a state championship last season and as his profile has gone up in recruiting, so has interest from basketball-centric schools who are interested in seeing him transfer for his senior season. “That’s possible, but of course I’m just with Keenan right now and finishing up there,” Jones said. “But with the season I had and the good Chick-Fil-A Classic I had, there are a lot of schools that are coming at me right now, but we’ve got to see what’s the best opportunity. If I have the opportunity to take it to another level I will, that’s just what it’s about man. As of right now, I will be back at Keenan, but I’m just saying, don’t be surprised if I do make a move. Let’s just say that.”
  7. 'There’s not a lot he can’t do,’ AAU coach says of 2021 Gamecock target April 19, 2019 With time to kill before his own game, Dillon Jones hovered around a court in Spartanburg last Saturday and picked his spots when to give advice to players on a younger version of the Upward Stars AAU team. (READ MORE)
  8. One future Gamecock scouts another: ‘Jalyn is super athletic, a beast on the boards.’ April 04, 2019 There were two notable parts to Mike Green’s conversation with Frank Martin on Monday. First and foremost, the Myrtle Beach guard told the South Carolina coach he was committing to the Gamecocks. Secondly, Green told Martin he was planning to forward the news to a player USC was seeking. Green goes back a couple years with Jalyn McCreary. The two ran on the same Southern Stampede (Georgia) AAU team in 2017. The fact they both pledged to USC on the same day was a pure coincidence. (READ MORE)
  9. From Jamie Shaw SC has been recruiting 6’2 junior Tristan Maxwell for a while. Frank Martin has a long standing personal relationship with the North Meck (Charlotte) SGs dad, Vernon. Vernon Maxwell (Mad Max), was a 2-time NBA champ with the Houston Rockets. Tristan is a high scoring shooting guard in the Hassani Gravett mold Here are some highlights of his during his opening weekend ... FWIW, his Team Charlotte team is also an Under Armour sponsored program.
  10. Gamecocks land 3-star big-man Jalyn McCreary April 01, 2019 | SportsTalk Radio Network Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking One day after wrapping up an official visit to USC, 3 star 6-9 Jalyn McCreary of Legacy Charter School in Greenville and Marietta, GA announced a commitment to the Gamecocks. McCreary spent the weekend checking out the program up close and getting to know the coaches and players better. He said he chose the Gamecocks over DePaul and Georgia State, there were several things that attracted him to the Gamecocks. “The facilities, the environment,” McCreary said. “They treat you like you’re one of their’s. The players are real cool and I just felt like I should commit there and it would feel like home. And it’s close to home.” McCreary said the Gamecocks have been recruiting him for about two months and over that period he’s gotten to know Frank Martin and watch him coach up his team. He likes Martin’s style. “He’s very tough, and I know that, and he’s going to coach me even harder and make me better,” McCreary said. “I’ll feed off the energy. I feed off energy like that.” McCreary averaged over 18 points and 6 rebounds per game last season. He said Martin likes him as a three and a four, and he feels he can bring something to the team at either position. “I’m a transition player and rebounder and just try to affect the game,” he said. “Hopefully I can help them win games and make the tournament.” McCreary becomes the fourth commitment for Martin’s 2019 class. He takes the spot vacated by the transfer of 7-0 center Jason Cudd. He will sign his letter-of-intent later this month.
  11. With the new open scholarship, South Carolina basketball offers a highly-rated in-state recruit March 31, 2019 An opening on South Caroina’s basketball roster for the 2020 season was created earlier in the week when center Jason Cudd decided to transfer. USC coach Frank Martin moved quickly to attempt to fill that spot by inviting 6-foot-8 Jalyn McCreary of Legacy Charter in Greenville in for an official visit over the weekend. McCreary has been a fast riser in basketball recruiting circles, and the native of Acworth, Ga., can now add the Gamecocks to his offer list. “Yes, they offered and I loved it” McCreary said. “The facility and how the coaches show love (stood out). And the players are really cool.” The visit has McCreary thinking about the Gamecocks but he’s yet to render a decision. “Not yet,” he said. “Still thinking.” McCreary also has taken official visits to South Florida and DePaul. He also has offers from Xavier, Charlotte, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Murray State and Georgia Southern. According to MaxPreps, McCreary averaged over 18 points and six rebounds per game this season.
  12. USC signee Trae Hannibal shares a message with in-state target Christian Brown February 10, 2019 Christian Brown got a glimpse of the current and future state of the South Carolina basketball program on his unofficial visit over the weekend. The Columbia native, who currently is playing his senior season at Oak Hill in Virginia, took in Saturday’s Gamecocks and Arkansas game. He watched the impact freshmen could have as A.J Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant shined in the 77-65 victory over the Razorbacks. After the game, he hung out with Class of 2019 signee Trae Hannibal for about two hours, and the two got some shots up at Colonial Life Arena. Hannibal posted on his Twitter page a play in which he threw an ally-oop to Brown for a slam dunk. “I have known Trae for some time. It was good to hang out with him while I am home during my break this weekend,” Brown said. Hannibal didn’t put a full recruiting press on Brown but would sure like to have him be part of this year’s class. The Gamecocks currently don’t have a scholarship open for 2019 after signing Hannibal, Trey Anderson and Wildens Leveque, but that could change with any player attrition after the season. “It was great man, for him to be home and actually with me half the day was very fun,” Hannibal said. “I just told him I wasn’t gone pressure him about a decision but we would make a lot of noise not only in the state but the country.” The Gamecocks have been on Brown’s radar for several years and they offered him when he was a sophomore at A.C. Flora. His last unofficial visit to USC came on April 19. Brown played last season at Lower Richland before going out of state to nationally-ranked Oak Hill where he has been healthy and shined playing along with top recruits Cole Anthony, Cam Thomas and one-time South Carolina target Kofi Cockburn. Brown is averaging 13 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season for the Warriors. “I am looking forward to connecting more with coach Martin and developing a relationship with coaches and players,” Brown said of South Carolina. “Coach likes how I am playing at Oak Hill and intends to become more active in the recruiting process. The message I am getting is how young the team is and how they are only going to get better and how I can be a part of that.” Brown will likely make his decision sometime later in the spring after Oak Hill’s season has ended. He is unsure of how many more visits he will take the next month or so because of Oak Hill’s busy travel schedule The 6-foot-7 small forward has taken official visits to Clemson, Georgia and UNLV and an unofficial visit to North Carolina State. Pittsburgh and Illinois also have shown interest and were at HoopHall when Oak Hill played IMG Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts. Brown had 22 points, six rebounds and two steals in that nationally-televised game.
  13. PJ Hall recaps Saturday visit to USC #Gamecocks March 10, 2019, | SportsTalk Radio Network 6-9 PJ Hall of Dorman played the last game of his junior season March 1st at the Colonial Life Arena helping lead the Cavaliers to a third straight state championship. Saturday he was back at the scene of the triumph on an unofficial visit for USC’s Senior Day win over Georgia. Hall was joined by 2020 teammate PG Myles Tate. 6-5 Dillon Jones of Keenan and 6-5 Quentin Hodge of of Lakewood, also in the 2020 class, also were in for visits. “We got there about 12:00 and hung out with (assistant coach) Bruce (Shingler) a little bit,” Hall said. “We watched the game and then hung out a little bit after the game and we kind of had to get out of there.” The reason they had to get out of there was to get to an all-star game in Columbia that tipped at 4:30. Because of that, Hall said he didn’t get much time with head coach Frank Martin. But that didn’t affect the take-away from this visit. “Not necessarily move the needle because my standing with them is pretty high and I like them a lot” he said. “If it would have moved the needle it would have put them pretty high on my list. I like them a lot.” Hall said he doesn’t have any more visits planned right now though he’s thinking of taking an unofficial visit to Marquette. “Coming up is AAU season and I’ll probably start planning my officials,” Hall said “I’m aiming (to decide) before my senior season but if something happens where I wasn’t sure I could push back a little bit.” Hall said at this point four of his official visits probably will be USC, Clemson, Tennessee and Florida. He said the Tigers also remain heavily involved. “I hear from them all the time,” he said. This season Hall averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. He said at his current size he considers himself a four-man primarily because of his defensive skills for that position. He said his doctor has told him he still has a couple of more inches to grow.
  14. Where top hoops prospects PJ Hall, Myles Tate stand in recruiting going into state title game February 26, 2019 Winning another championship, not recruiting, has been on the minds of P.J. Hall and Myles Tate lately. The Dorman juniors and the state’s top two prospects for Class 2020 go for another Class 5A title Friday against Berkeley. The Cavaliers are looking to become the first boys’ team to go for three straight titles since Calhoun County (2006-09). Both say they will focus more on their recruiting once the season ends and they begin their AAU season with Upward Stars. Hall and Tate hope to make their college choices by the start of their senior seasons. Hall is ranked No. 67 by 247Sports and No. 68 by Rivals. He missed the first 10 games with an injury but has put together a solid season. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks a game. In Saturday’s Upper State championship game, he had 11 rebounds and six blocks to go along with seven points. South Carolina and Clemson definitely are in the mix and have been recruiting him the longest. He recently picked up an offer from Marquette to go along with ones from Florida, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Kansas State among others. “South Carolina and Clemson have been communicating a lot,” Hall said. “Their messages are basically come in, play a stretch four (position), play defense and someone to get the ball down low to. “I definitely am looking for a school with a family environment and want to have coach that is strict, a father figure and someone is there to make us men and mold me into basketball player that I want to be.” Tate, the team’s starting point guard during this title run, is ranked in 247Sports Top 150 for Class of 2019. He leads the Cavaliers in scoring (17 ppg), assists (5.4 apg) and steals (2.3). Tate scored 20 points including 4-of-6 from 3-point range in Saturday’s semifinal win over Mauldin. The 6-foot point guard said he hears from the Gamecocks almost every week to go along with Virginia, Georgia and UNC Charlotte. Tate said he definitely is looking at a team with a point-guard friendly offense. “Want a school take me a priority and want to have a good education,” Tate said. “I want the best basketball program I could get into. I want to play fast paced and team that really trusts their point guard.” CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE At Colonial Life Arena in Columbia Admission is $12 TV: Games will be carried locally on WACH 57.2. Ridge View and Wilson’s game will be on WACH 57. INTERNET: All games will be streamed on www.nfhsnetwork.com (subscription required) RADIO: Andrew Jackson, Spring Valley and Ridge View games will be carried on 102.7 FM and online and the station’s app. FRIDAY Class A Girls Championship High Point Academy vs. Scott’s Branch, 3:30 p.m. Class A Boys Championship High Point Academy vs. Hemingway, 5 p.m. Class 5A Girls Championship Spring Valley vs. Goose Creek, 7 p.m. Class 5A Boys Championship Berkeley vs. Dorman, 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY Class 2A Girls Championship Christ Church vs. Mullins, 10:30 a.m. Class 2A Boys Championship Gray Collegiate vs. Andrew Jackson, noon Class 3A Girls Championship Keenan vs. Bishop England, 2 p.m. Class 3A Boys Championship Keenan vs. Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 3:30 p.m. Class 4A Girls Championship North Augusta vs. South Pointe, 5:30 p.m. Class 4A Boys Championship Wilson vs. Ridge View, 7 p.m.
  15. 7-foot center John Butler is South Carolina’s Next 5-Star Hooper Both Parent’s graduated from SC and he openly talks about growing up a fan, attending numerous football & basketball games each year growing up That said, Butler does ridiculously special stuff on the floor. In this game, he finished with 24 Points (7-8 FG, 1-1 3P, 9-9 FT), 13 Boards, 9 Blocks & 4 Assists... The caliber of his plays were absolutely next level considering he is a legit 7 footer who just tunred 16.
  16. USC target 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY committed to Pitt February 12, 2019 USC target 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY committed to Pitt. USC was one of his official visits. The Gamecocks, perhaps sensing Drumgoole’s decision, already have renewed their interest in 6-6 Christian Brown of Oak Hill Academy, VA.
  17. Top 70 player, South Carolina native visits Gamecocks February 09, 2019 .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} Columbia native Christian Brown, formerly of A.C. Flora and Lower Richland, took an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks for their game against Arkansas. He sat behind the USC bench. Columbia native Christian Brown, formerly of A.C. Flora and Lower Richland, took an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks for their game against Arkansas. He sat behind the USC bench. Brown is a 6-foot-6, 205-pound small forward who now plays for national power Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He’s ranked as the No. 61 player in the 2019 class by both 247Sports and Rivals. USC, for now, has filled its scholarship allotment for next season’s team, but recruiting continues in case of attrition. Brown is also being courted by the likes of N.C. State, Georgia and Pittsburgh.
  18. Jalyn McCreary Gamecock 2019 wing prospect February 02, 2019 Jalyn Mccreay is a 2019 prospect out of Legacy Early College. The 6’8 Georgia native is a Top 100 type wing prospect. He is ridiculously bouncy with initiation skills on the ball & the ability to defend multiple positions. A lot of intrigue & an absolute Frank type of guy His team is Top 50 Ranked with commits to Ole Miss & Winthrop as well as multiple other scholarship level players
  19. USC Thursday offered 6-0 PG Adrian December 28, 2018 USC Thursday offered 6-0 PG Adrian (Ace) Baldwin of Baltimore according to his high school’s Twitter account. St. Francis is playing this week at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia. Some of his other offers are Clemson, Maryland, VCU, Georgetown, Miami, East Carolina, Connecticut, Rutgers and Providence.
  20. Top in-state prospect PJ Hall has timeline for how recruiting process could play out December 27, 2018 P.J. Hall isn’t where he wants to be yet, but he’s getting there. On Wednesday, the Dorman High junior forward played his third game since “badly tweaking” his knee during the preseason. Hall scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes of action in the Cavaliers’ win over Gray Collegiate in the Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast. Dorman has the day off Thursday before taking on Keenan on Friday in the semifinals of the American Division bracket. “I’m getting close, but the biggest thing now is I am out of shape,” Hall said after the game. “After the first half, I was like, ‘Woah, I am feeling it.’ After about one more week, I should be where I was before the injury.” Hall has scored in double figures in each of his last two games. Dorman (11-2) lost twice with him, once to nationally-ranked Oak Hill and also to Charlotte Latin. With a healthy Hall, Dorman is the Class 5A favorite in South Carolina as it goes for its third straight championship. Hall is the No. 1 prospect in the state for Class of 2020 and is ranked inside the top 150 in country by 247Sports and Rivals. Coaches and recruiting analysts love Hall’s 6-foot-9 frame and his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and his passing ability. Hall has more than a dozen offers, including Florida, Tennessee and Pittsburgh. In-state schools South Carolina and Clemson also have offered and have made Hall a priority. He said there is a lot to like about both programs. “Clemson, they are underdogs, they are gritty. They love the underdog position and beating the big guys,” Hall said. “USC, I love the coaching staff there. I love coach [Frank] Martin, the way he coaches, the speed, the angry face. I grew up that way.” Hall said no school has separated themselves and his recruiting is “wide open.” Hall has taken several unofficial visits, including USC, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Winthrop and College of Charleston. He’ll start taking official visits after the season and would like to make a decision either after his AAU season with Upward Stars ends in the summer or before he takes the court for his senior season. Hall said he learned a lot about the recruiting process watching his sister Thayer Hall go through it. Thayer is a sophomore volleyball player at Florida and was the No. 1 volleyball recruit in the country her senior season. “It has been a fun journey,” Hall said. “I am trying to do like my sister did. She kept a level head the whole time, trusting in God and that is working for me.”
  21. Where to watch USC signee, Gamecocks basketball targets this week in Columbia December 20, 2018 Trae Hannibal’s tour of his near-future home will continue this week. Hannibal, a South Carolina basketball signee, will lead his Hartsville High School against AC Flora at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ben Lippen. The game is part of Phenom Hoop’s Palmetto Winter Classic. Hannibal’s Red Foxes have already participated in the Bojangles Bash and the Auto Owners Insurance Showcase in Lexington. The Columbia-based Chick-fil-A Classic (Dec. 26) and the MLK Bash (Jan. 21) are also on Hartsville’s 2018-19 schedule. “Trae being in this position allows us into certain things,” said Hartsville coach Yusuf English, “but we got some young kids that I want to put in a good light. Some kids that don’t have scholarships and stuff like that. These are great opportunities for them. “I enjoy playing a tough schedule.” The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Hannibal is averaging over 20 points, seven assists and eight rebounds this season. He’ll be joined by a slew of touted prospects at the Palmetto Winter Classic. The tournament features 16 teams coming from five different states, including SC’s Ridge View (with Georgetown signee Malcolm Wilson), Cardinal Newman (with Murray State signee Chico Carter and 2021 USC target Josh Beadle), Sumter (with Boston College signee Calvin Felder), Blythewood (with Iowa State signee Tre Jackson) and Christ Church Episcopal (with John Butler, a four-star in the 2021 class targeted by a variety of top programs). Holly Springs, out of North Carolina, features Virginia signee Kadin Shedrick. The Palmetto Winter Classic begins Thursday and ends Saturday. Thursday’s schedule* 10 a.m. Ben Lippen-Heritage Christian 11:30 a.m. Great Bridge-Concord First Assembly 1 p.m. Sumter-Lincoln Charter 2:30 p.m. Cardinal Newman-Asheville Christian 4 p.m. Ridge View-Morgan County 5:30 p.m. Blythewood-Heathwood Hall 7 p.m. AC Flora-Hartsville 8:30 p.m. Holly Springs-Christ Church Episcopal *All games at Ben Lippen High School
  22. Gamecocks still in the hunt for Gerald Drumgoole December 05, 2018 6-6 Gerald Drumgoole of Rochester, NY, who decided not to sign in November, said USC is still recruiting him. He plans to take more official visits before making a decision. He has been to USC and Minnesota.
  23. Gamecock men's basketball lands commitment from California prospect November 21, 2018 ESPN Profile ESPN Star Ranking On the final day of the early signing period, South Carolina landed a third member for its 2019 recruiting class. Trey Anderson, a 6-foot-7 185lbs shooting guard from California who’s taking a post-grad year at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut, committed to Frank Martin and the Gamecocks on Wednesday. He was also being pursued by Georgia and Minnesota, Woodstock Academy coach Tony Bergeron told The State. “Frank and I go way, way back,” Bergeron said. “When I get a kid that fits for him, I certainly give him a call and let him know. I’m not one of these high school coaches who calls him every year and says ‘I got a kid, I got a kid.’ So I guess when I call, he listens to me. He needed a shooting guard and this kid’s just special. “He’s 6-7. He’s got a plus-wing span, he shoots the lights out, he’s athletic. He plays defense, he can pass. He doesn’t have any gaps.” Anderson is the apparent answer to a mystery recruit Martin teased last week. Hartsville point guard Trae Hannibal and Maine power forward Wildens Leveque were known commits for USC as it entered the early signing period, but the Gamecocks had their “fingers crossed” and were “hoping that the third one jumps on board,” Martin said. Enter Anderson, who visited Columbia this week. Anderson played on the AAU circuit for West Coast Elite, a team featuring Nico Mannion and Josh Green, a pair of five-star prospects headed to Arizona. It led to Anderson’s under-the-radar profile, Bergeron said. “Being third fiddle to those guys was difficult,” Bergeron said. “They didn’t have anybody on their team being than Trey. So Trey ended up playing center and power forward when he’s really a shooting guard. “So he comes here for us and plays shooting guard and it’s easy.”
  24. Trae Hannibal, South Carolina’s next guard, signs with Gamecocks November 15, 2018 Over the last few months, Trae Hannibal watched as other players throughout the state announced their intentions to play college basketball outside the Palmetto State. But the Hartsville senior remained firm in his commitment to play at South Carolina. On Thursday, Hannibal made it official as he signed his letter of intent at a ceremony at his high school. ”It was tough. Kids like going out of state and things like that,” Hannibal said. “They got to do what is best for them and I can’t be mad at them. But any chance I get to get one of my teammates or guys I played with, I will try to get them to play with me.” Hannibal hoped to get Josiah James, who he played with during the summer on TMP Basketball, to commit to USC but James signed with Tennessee. Juwan Gary (Alabama) and DJ Burns (Tennessee) also went out of state. Hannibal is one of two signees so far for the Gamecocks in the early period. Wildens Leveque signed with USC on Wednesday. There is a chance the Gamecocks get one more during this period. Hannibal was offered in May and committed in August. He is a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports. averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists this last season for Hartsville and was an all-state selection. Hannibal grew up liking baseball more than basketball but that changed in high school when dedicated himself to playing basketball. Hartsville coach Yusef English has watched Hannibal grow up and his game take off the last few years. English thinks his game and USC coach Frank Martin’s coaching style is a “perfect marriage.” ”Trae’s energy on defense is infectious and his ability to get downhill is something, that from sitting in on some of coach Martin’s practices, is something USC likes to do,” English said. “Plus, Trae likes a coach that holds him accountable. If you are going to be laid back and do what he does, you aren’t going to get the maximum out of him. And coach Martin isn’t going to ease up and be nice.” English said Hannibal has really worked hard on his outside shooting to complement his all-around game and that was evident in Wednesday’s scrimmage against Lakewood. English said the USC coaching staff did a great job of connecting with Hannibal, not only on the court but investing in the person as a whole. ”They contacted me every week, came to see me at school and supported me,” Hannibal said. “What else could you ask for? For them to give me that attention and let me know what I needed to do when I come meant a lot.” USC coaching staff and Gamecock fans will get plenty of chances to see Hannibal in the Midlands this year. Hannibal and his Hartsville teammates will be playing at the Bojangles’ Bash at Ridge View, Farm Bureau Classic at Lexingtonp, Phenom Hoops event and Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast in December. Hartsville also will play in the MLK Bash in January.
  25. Northeast big man becomes South Carolina’s first signee in 2019 class November 14, 2018 A year later, South Carolina is busy this week. Wildens Leveque, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, signed his letter of intent to the Gamecocks on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Trae Hannibal, a 6-2 point guard, is scheduled to do the same Thursday at Hartsville High School, giving USC two official members in its 2019 class. South Carolina didn’t sign its first player in the ‘18 class until last April. That five-man group was finalized in June with Canada’s A.J. Lawson. Leveque is a three-star prospect who is from Massachusetts but attends Gould Academy in Maine. He picked the Gamecocks over pursuit from VCU and UMass, among others. The Carolina staff views Leveque as a potential replacement for Chris Silva. He averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game for Gould last season. “He’s a big man that wants to be a big man and is willing to surrender and be coached,” said Gould coach Cory McClure. “The beauty of him is he has no delusions of being anything other than a big man. Really refreshing from that perspective. “With us and with his (AAU) group, he’s developed a shot-blocking, rim-protecting presence. Has really good timing there. His defensive instincts have improved tremendously in the last 18 months.” Leveque played AAU ball for Tim Nelson and the Mass Rivals program. “We’ve watched a lot of video on Chris Silva and when you watch him, it looks like what Wildens is striving to become,” Nelson said. “He’s got all that. He can run it, he can catch it, he’s a big presence inside so if it’s around the rim, it’s definitely a dunk.”
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