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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.”
  11. 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.
  12. 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.”
  13. ‘Hoping that the third one jumps on board.’ USC to receive signing day surprise? November 14, 2018 Wildens Leveque, committed since October, is signing Wednesday. Trae Hannibal, committed since June, is signing Thursday. These are well-known facts about South Carolina basketball’s 2019 recruiting class. What remains a mystery is the name behind an intriguing quote from Gamecocks coach Frank Martin following USC’s win over Norfolk State on Tuesday night. “The two that you’re aware of, that’s happening in the next 48 hours,” Martin said, referring to Leveque and Hannibal. “I think they’re doing their little (signing) deals or whatever. And we’re on hold, we’re sitting back and fingers crossed and hoping that the third one jumps on board, too. We’re in deep, deep talks there.” For now, South Carolina has only one roster spot open as three seniors — Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett and Tre Campbell — are scheduled to depart following this season. Leveque, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Maine, takes one. Hannibal, a 6-2 point guard from Hartsville, takes the other. Candidates for that third spot, though? Gerald Drumgoole, a 6-foot-5 small forward who attends La Lumiere High School in Indiana, took an official visit to USC in September. At last check, he was still deciding to make his college choice official in the early signing period (Nov. 14-21) or spring signing period (April 17-May 15). Drumgoole lists Oklahoma, Creighton, Seton Hall and Minnesota among his other offers. “If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” Martin said. “There’s 900 transfers every year. There’s gonna be a couple guys that will available in the spring.” If it’s not Drumgoole, an out-of-nowhere commitment wouldn’t be rare for USC. Two-fifths of Carolina’s ‘18 recruiting class — Keyshawn Bryant and Alanzo Frink — came that way. Martin’s next news conference is scheduled for Thursday. “We’ve targeted the ones we want,” Martin said. “We’re excited. We’re meeting with the media Thursday, so hopefully by Thursday, we should be able to be clear on that. But we’re excited about who’s signing up, we’re excited about the possibility of the last one. And if it doesn’t work out, then the assistants are rolling all season, making sure that last guy gets on board sometime by April.”
  14. 6-5 Wendell Moore of Concord, NC August 31, 2018 6-5 Wendell Moore of Concord, NC has cancelled his official visit to USC for September 8th his coach told The State. Moore will take officials to the Big Four in North Carolina and choose from them.
  15. Gamecocks offer two in hoops August 20, 2018 USC recently offered Canadian 6-7 Thomasi Gilgeous-Alexander of Potter’s House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL. Drake, Fresno State and New Mexico are others mentioned as offers. USC reportedly has offered 2020 2G 6-4 Taelon Martin of Potters House Christian Academy in Jacksonville. Other reported offers are Syracuse, Marquette, Connecticut, UMass, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Pitt. Martin is from Springfield, MA.

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