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  1. Back in June of this year, Women's head coach Dawn Staley tweeted out a "another birdie has landed in the nest!" tweet, which is her way of letting Gamecock Nation know that she's gotten another commitment. Then, no public announcement followed, which left folks wondering who it may be. In late October, Staley let out another such tweet. Then highly rated PG Talaysia Cooper committed. But still, nothing regarding that June tweet. Several online sources (and many, many Gamecock faithful) began speculating that it could be Columbia's own Ashlyn Watkins, another highly rated prospect for the 2022 cycle. Well, now we know: Watkins, 6-3 out of Columbia, S.C., is the overall #12 rated prospect for the ESPN Hoopgurlz' 2022 class, and the #4 Post. She's played for Cardinal Newman. This past season (20-21) as a Junior, Watkins averaged 16.2 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.8 spg, and 2.7 bpg. In fact, going back to her eighth grade totaling 94 games, she's averaged 15.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.7 spg, and 3.4 bpg. She's a model of consistency. Watkins joins Fellow South Carolinian Talaysia Cooper for the 2022 class. Cooper has already signed - the early signing period ends today, and apparently Watkins signed as well as committed. Welcome to the Gamecocks, Ashlyn!!!
  2. A ‘junkyard dog’ and a ‘special talent.’ Frank Martin breaks down 2022 signees Nov. 15, 2021 From the moment the South Carolina basketball team signed Devin Carter, head coach Frank Martin has talked up the freshman’s ability. Over the weekend, Carter turned in his best game as a Gamecock, scoring 16 points against Western Kentucky while playing a physical style of basketball that included multiple trips to the free-throw line and a couple of dunks. After Sunday’s game, Martin pointed to Carter as another in a line of unheralded prospects who ended up producing at South Carolina. A day later, Martin said the Gamecocks’ two newest signees, 2022 guards Zach Davis and Daniel Hankins-Sanford, could make just as much of an impact when they get to campus. “When we signed Devin Carter the year before, he wasn’t one of those sexy kind of internet heroes that everyone raves about, so we got no credit for signing him,” Martin said. “He’s really good. Just like Chris Silva, A.J. Lawson, Maik Kotsar, guys that weren’t sexy social media guys, so no one ever gave them credit for being good players. (ARTICLE)
  3. Commitments for this Cycle: N/A Prospects Offered: 5-7 PG Milaysia Fulwiley of W.J. Keenan (Columbia): ESPN HG 5* #1 PG, #2 overall 5-8 PG Kamorea Arnold of Germantown H.S. (WI): ESPN HG 5* #2 PG, #6 overall 6-5 P Aalyah Del Rosario of Trenton Catholic (NJ): ESPN HG 5*, #4 P, #18 overall 5-10 G Mari Bickley of Laurel School (OH): ESPN HG 4*, #12 G, #31 overall 5-8 G Lisa Thompson of Joliet West (IL): ESPN HG 4*, #13 G, #32 overall 5-9 G Chloe Clardy of Conway HS (AR): ESPN HG 4*, #17 G, #44 overall 6-1 G Emma Risch of Palm Beach Gardens Magnet (FL): ESPN HG 4*, #20 G, #52 overall 5-10 G Zoe Brooks of Trenton Catholic (NJ): ESPN HG 4*, #22 G, #60 overall 6-4 W/F Ryan Stack of Wren (Piedmont): ESPN HG - N/A
  4. 7-1 center Reeves won’t sign early By SPORTSTALK / November 11, 2021 7-1 Christian Reeves of Oak Hill Academy, VA has been a USC target going on four years. The Gamecocks are going to have to wait a little long to see if he becomes one of them. Reeves said Wednesday night he has decided not to sign during this early period and will wait until April. USC and Minnesota have been his top two schools, but he’s keeping the door open for any newcomers. “It’s really still open right now to be honest. I’ll probably end up waiting it out a little bit longer,” Reeves said. “I just talked to my parents and coach, and that’s what I think the best decision is for me at this time. Other schools are allowed to enter. Everything is still open for me.” Reeves took an official visit to USC in June and one to Minnesota in September. He said Georgia recently made contact with him, and other schools have been in touch with his coach about him. Reeves also has been in touch with Gamecock head coach Frank Martin, and both he and his parents talked last week with recruiter Chuck Martin. “I’ve been open with them about this whole process,” Reeves said. “That’s one think coach (Frank) Martin wanted me to do. So, they said they’ll probably offer another big, and he might commit, but they are still going to keep recruiting me.” Reeves has not planned any other official visits, and at this point he’s not planning another trip to see the Gamecocks. “I’ve already been there,” Reeves said. “I think students being on campus would obviously be a little bit different, but I’ve already been to basketball games and football games, so I feel like I have a good understanding.” Reeves said his basketball schedule at Oak Hill will prevent him from making many visits, though he might be able to schedule some for his Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. At one point, Reeves talked about announcing a commitment on his birthday, December 14th, but that seems unlikely now.
  5. Hometown star and major Gamecock target locks in date for her college choice 11/04/2021 Ashlyn Watkins’ recruitment is about to near a conclusion. The Cardinal Newman senior will be announcing her college choice on Nov. 17 at her Columbia-area high school on the final day of the early fall period for basketball. Athletes have between Nov. 10 and 17 to sign their national letter of intent for the fall period.
  6. Back in June, Dawn Staley tweeted out one of her "a little birdie just flew into the nest!" tweets, which is her way of telling the fanbase that a prospect had committed to her program, without telling who it was (a NCAA violation), and without ruining the surprise for the prospect who may wish to make the announcement herself. But months passed with no follow-up announcement from any prospect, so it left the fanbase sort of scratching our heads wondering who it was intended for. Then yesterday (Friday Oct. 22nd) Staley tweeted out another "birdie" tweet: The Gamecocks were in the final lists - as far as we could tell - for three (3) top prospects for the 2022 cycle - ESPN Hoopsgurlz overall #3 6-2 F Janiah Barker, overall #12 6-3 P Ashlyn Watkins, and overall #18 6-0 PG Talaysia Cooper. The entire 2022 class had mostly all committed to somewhere or another, minus these three girls. But word was out that Barker was heading to Georgia, and both the UGA head coach and Staley tweeted similar tweets about getting a commitment within hours of each other. What is going on?? Well, Barker does go to UGA. But the Gamecocks get our birdie too, as Cooper sets her announcement for today (Saturday Oct. 23rd)!!: Cooper, out of East Clarendon High School, is thus far our only commit for the 2022 cycle. Cooper is the reigning South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and has been recruited by the Gamecocks since she led East Clarendon to a state championship as an eighth-grader. She is a versatile player who averaged 23.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 4.6 blocks, and 2.2 steals last season. She recorded a quadruple-double (21 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks) in a 2020 playoff game. She is described as “ultra-athletic” and “explosively athletic” in her ESPN scouting report, as well as a “pesky defender” and “electric 3-level offensive threat that oozes potential.” Cooper is the #2 ranked girl's prep basketball player in South Carolina behind #1 Ashlyn Watkins, per Prep Girls Hoops.com. Another elite addition to the already elite roster of the WBB program. Welcome to South Carolina, Talaysia!!
  7. 6-8 Daniel Hankins-Sanford of Charlotte said Sunday night he is planning to sign this week, but he's not yet made his decision. #Gamecocks, East Tennessee State and Georgia Southern are his three finalists and he's talking with each regularly.
  8. 6-8 Elijah Saunders of Phoenix said today he has cancelled his official visit to Gamecocks for this weekend and will choose from Miami, Notre Dame and San Diego State.
  9. h2 {margin-top:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:3.0pt; margin-left:0in; page-break-after:avoid; font-size:14.0pt; font-family:Arial; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic; } a:link {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .auto-style2 { text-align: left; } Hankins-Sanford sees a lot to like with Gamecocks SPORTSTALK / October 26, 202 6-8 Daniel Hankins-Sanford of Charlotte is a top target for USC basketball coach Frank Martin and assistant coach Brian Steele as the November signing period approaches. Hankins-Sanford has narrowed his decision to the Gamecocks, Georgia Southern and ETSU. He made official visits to all three, with the Gamecock visit coming the weekend of the Vanderbilt football game. “The visit was great. I liked the environment, I liked the town,” Hankins-Sanford said. “They look forward to Gamecock basketball.” Hankins-Sanford also got the chance to watch the Gamecocks practice. “I feel like I fit in his (Martin’s) system. I feel like I fit in what he’s trying to do over there at South Carolina. He’s a great coach, somebody that I have I trust in. I know I can meet the demands on the defensive end, that’s not a concern. The offensive game is not a concern either. Just a little touching up on areas here and there. I’ve been working on staying balance on my shot, ball-handling and being consistent. I can knock the three down. I’ve got the outside game, and the mid-range is there. It’s just staying consistent with everything.” Hankins-Sanford has not set a date for a decision, though he wants to get it done before his season starts November 22nd. He’s also not sure if he’ll sign in November. “I’m keeping my recruiting a hundred percent open,” Hankins-Sanford said. “I’m not leaning towards anyone just yet. I talked with coach Brian Steele (Monday around 4:00 PM) on South Carolina’s standpoint with the recruiting, so they’ve got a good understanding. I talk to coach Steele pretty often. I feel like they are on me pretty well.” Last season Hankins-Sanford averaged over 22 points and 10 rebounds per game.
  10. h2 {margin-top:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:3.0pt; margin-left:0in; page-break-after:avoid; font-size:14.0pt; font-family:Arial; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic; } a:link {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} h3 {margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in; font-size:13.5pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; font-weight:bold; } Reeves updates his recruiting status SPORTSTALK / October 22, 2021 7-1 Christian Reeves of Charlotte and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia has been a target of USC head coach Frank Martin going on four years now. In fact, as Martin tries to put together a 2022 class, Reeves is the only true big man he’s pursuing at this point. All that stands between him and a commitment from Reeves is Minnesota. Reeves made an official visit to USC in June. He took one to Minnesota the end of September. Right now, unless someone new enters the picture, the decision will be one of those programs. “South Carolina and Minnesota are the top two schools for me right now, but another school can come in still at this moment,” Reeves said. “I’ve stayed in contact with coach Frank and coach Chuck (Martin) at South Carolina. They’ve come down to see me two or three times. I’ve been in contact with coach (Ben) Johnson and coach (Marcus) Jenkins with Minnesota, and they just came down yesterday (Wednesday) actually. Both schools are really trying to get me right now.” That visit Reeves took to USC in June counts as a junior year visit, so he still has his senior year visit available. Martin has told him to come back if he wants to, and it’s something he’s considering. “As far as the basketball side of things at South Carolina, I feel like I’ve got a good grasp on it,” Reeves said. “The only thing that I feel like would be different is having the students on campus. I’ve been to football and basketball games, so I kind of know what that’s like.” In the past, Reeves has said he might commit to one of the schools privately but not announce until December. That’s still a possibility, but he’s not sure he’ll wait that long. “Both schools are pushing, especially South Carolina,” Reeves said. They’re pushing for that first signing period because I’m the only big they’ve offered. They need something more urgently, I guess you could say, because if it doesn’t end up being me, they are going to have to have somebody.” And the fact the Gamecocks have gone all in on Reeves for their big man in the class made an impression on him. “That does,” Reeves said. “That and the fact they’ve been recruiting me since the ninth grade. That’s not something I hold against other schools, but it is something that I think about when I think about South Carolina. I think they were the first school to reach out to me.” Oak Hill won all three games they played in a pre-season event in Las Vegas last week. Reeves said he was coming off an ankle sprain and that limited him. He averaged about 2 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in his own estimation.
  11. h2 {margin-top:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:3.0pt; margin-left:0in; page-break-after:avoid; font-size:14.0pt; font-family:Arial; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic; } a:link {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} h3 {margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in; font-size:13.5pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; font-weight:bold; } Claude reviews official visit with Gamecocks SPORTSTALK / October 20, 202 Last weekend USC had on campus for an official visit 6-5 PG Desmond Claude who attends Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. Prior to seeing the Gamecocks, Claude made official visits stops to Xavier and Rutgers. Wednesday, Claude shared some thoughts on his visit to USC and his experience with Frank Martin and the Gamecocks. “The visit was nice. The campus was beautiful, the people there were cool, and I enjoyed the food and football game,” Claude said. “I was most impressed with how they answered questions, and it made me clear on the opportunity there. Me and my parents will go over the notes to see where they stand.” Claude also got the chance to watch Martin coach his team in practice. That gave him some idea as to what life on the court with the Gamecocks would be like. “The coach holds them accountable and makes sure they do the things to get better,” Claude said. “They’re scheme is good with all types of screens and major factors to help get people open. And he takes high pride in defense.” As for the relationship he’s building with Martin and the coaching staff, Claude said, “Still developing, but we’re getting close.” Claude has family living in Augusta, so that’s another appealing point for USC in this recruiting battle. Claude also has taken visits to Boston College and Boston University, and both have offered, He also has offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Butler, Cal, Kansas State, Marquette, Creighton, Providence and Seton Hall.
  12. 2024 6-4 Austin Swartz of Charlotte made an unofficial visit to Gamecocks Friday.
  13. 6-5 Desmond Claude of New Haven, CT on an official visit to Xavier, is expected to take an official visit to Gamecocks this weekend. He also has visited Rutgers officially.
  14. Per John Whittle of TheBigSpur, Gamecocks' have two basketball official visits this weekend, 6-5 Desmond Claude of Oakdale, CT and 6-7 Daniel Hankins-Sanford of Charlotte.
  15. 5-star SF Julian Phillips will take an official visit to USC this weekend. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Tennessee, UCLA & Virginia also in the mix for the South Carolina native.
  16. Gamecock target 7-1 Christian Reeves of Oak Hill Academy, VA will take his official visit to Minnesota this weekend Sept. 27, 2021 7-1 Christian Reeves of Oak Hill Academy, VA will take his official visit to Minnesota this weekend. He’s choosing between the Gophers and USC. . He visited USC in June. He will privately commit to one and announce on his birthday December 14th.
  17. Newly offered forward just getting to know Gamecocks By SPORTSTALKMEDIA NETWORK/ September 24, 2021 USC continues to expand their basketball recruiting board. Thursday the Gamecocks offered 6-7 Keyshawn Hall, a native of Cleveland who this year is attending The Skill Factory in Atlanta. Wichita State offered Hall on Friday, and he also picked up a recent offer from Illinois. Gamecock assistant Brian Steele saw Hall in the summer and that’s where the relationship started. “After I started blowing up this summer, coach Brian Steele contacted me and let me know how much I’d fit in their system and how much he likes my game, how I can be so versatile on the court,” Hall said. “He thinks I’ll be a great fit. I feel great (about the offer). First, Illinois came in, then an SEC offer came in from South Carolina. I feel great about it.” Hall said he’s not all that familiar with the Gamecocks, though he knows they were once in the ACC, and that they went to the Final Four a few years ago. “I heard they play real fast, and I like that,” Hall said. “That’s what I like about the SEC. He (Steele) filled me on that, they like to play real fast. They score like 80-90 points per game. I like that type of play style.” To be a wide-body 6-7 player, Hall exhibits the skills of a smaller player as well. He said Steele likes that about him, that he can handle multiple tasks on the court. “Coach Steele likes that I can play every position except for the five,” Hall said. “If I get the rebound, I can just push it up court, I don’t have to outlet it. As a bigger player, he likes my vision. I don’t look just to score.” Because his recruiting activity is just starting to crank up, Hall has not scheduled any official visits. He plans to do that in December when his own schedule takes a break. He will not sign until the spring. He expects that the Gamecocks will be a factor in the long run if they choose to be. “If they keep in contact, for sure,” Hall said. “My biggest thing is keeping in contact and showing love.” Last season playing for Cleveland Heights High School, Hall averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
  18. Gamecocks make the top ten with 2023 TE Ethan Davis Sept. 26, 2021 Gamecocks make the top ten with 2023 TE Ethan Davis (6-5 200) of Suwanee, GA. The others are Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Penn State, Oregon, Florida State, Texas, Ole Miss and Cincinnati.
  19. Gamecocks offered 6-7 Keyshawn Hall of Cleveland. He attends The Skill Factory Prep in Atlanta. Illinois also recently offered. He also has East Carolina and Duquesne offers among others.
  20. Gamecocks offered 6-8 Daniel Hankins-Sanford of Charlotte. He also has offers from Tennessee, Charlotte, Appalachian State, Winthrop, East Carolina and others.
  21. 6-6 Ryan Dunn of Freeport, NY, who has had Gamecocks in his top 8, plans to announce his commitment decision Saturday. The others on his short list are Pitt, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Minnesota and Boston College.
  22. Basketball Recruiting notes for 09/20/2021 6-8 Elijah Sanders of Phoenix has scheduled an official visit for basketball this weekend. He has taken official visits to San Diego State, Notre Dame, Miami and Virginia Tech over the last four weekends. 6-6 Josh Reed of Atlanta made an official visit to the Gamecocks' this past weekend. Reed also has taken official visits to Liberty, Rice and Northwestern. He is scheduled to visit Cincinnati this weekend. He named a final five in August of South Carolina, Boston College, Northwestern, Butler and Cincinnati.

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