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Very good read folks enjoy!! Phenom College Talk: Previewing South Carolina’s 2019-20 Roster by Jamie Shaw | Aug 7, 2019 | Featured, News, Player Reports Phenom Hoop Report has been a great avenue for high school and middle school players, but that doesn’t mean we stop once they head to college. It is great to see these players take the next step in their careers, playing at the college level. That is why we are bringing a little college talk to our readers. In this writing, we will head to the SEC to take a look at the upcoming season and breaking down the roster of the South Carolina Gamecocks. After a Final Four run in 2017, Frank Martin’s teams went 33-32 over the previous two seasons, which included a fourth-place finish in the SEC last year with an 11-7 record. Let’s Dive into the Roster…(VIEW ARTICLE)
I don't think I chimed in on Seventh Woods recently, but I'm really excited that he's coming home to finish his college career. I hope the expectations on him aren't unfair and unrealistic, but I honestly think he's capable of making a huge impact after his redshirt year. I know it's cliche to compare him to Larry Davis, but it really is very similar. At UNC, when you're surrounded by McDonalds AA players, you can't get off to a slow start, and you can't have confidence issues, or you get bumped. Seventh gave them some good minutes in some major games, but he just didn't fill up the stat sheet, so other guys played a lot more than he did. I think he is capable of being at least a 12-15 ppg scorer for us assuming he gets 30+ minutes a game as a senior. That's down the road another year, but I am excited about what he could accomplish. I'm excited about the grad transfer, Henry, this coming season. I don't think expectations for him are very high offensively speaking, but if he can score between 5-10 ppg most night, get some rebounds, and protect the rim, he'll really help us. Hopefully Frink and Leveque will play well on the inside and that will allow Kotsar to do what he's more comfortable doing, which is playing facing the basket instead of posting up. I think Bolden is going to be a great addition to the team. Lawson is the man, so Bolden can concentrate on scoring some points and being a veteran presence on the floor rather than carrying the burden of being the top dog. I think Minaya and Bryant are both going to be so much better this season. I am excited to see what they are able to do. Lawson is special and I can't wait to see how much he improves. I wish he were going to have more years to watch him play. The freshmen are going to be very interesting. Moss showed flashed of his talent, but his season was cut short before he really ever got rolling. Couisnard comes with seriously high expectations, so I really hope he's ready to shine. Honestly, Hannibal and Anderson shouldn't be forced to contribute too much, so they can be brought along at a reasonable pace without the pressure of having to start and lead early. McCreary could be more important based on our needs in the paint. I hope he's ready to contribute.
Most of us agree at least that our recruiting needs to improve. I don't normally make posts that are overly critical of specific players but in this case, I think we should look at everyone on the roster and what they bring to the table. Kotsar is the only returning player who will be a senior. He absolutely must improve his offensive game. He doesn't need to score 15 a game, but he needs to be consistent. Big Chat averaged 10 ppg as a senior. If Kotsar can manage to move from 6-7 ppg this year up to 10+ ppg next year, he'll be very helpful to the team. Hopefully, we'll be able to bring in one grad transfer who is big. The juniors will be Bolden, who by most accounts should make an impact at PG next season, and Haase. I don't know about Haase really. He definitely helped us win a few games this year. He has a skill set that includes being a very good outside shooter. However, he isn't above average at anything else - passing, defense, athleticism, creating, etc... I'd like to see him stay and improve, but I think his ceiling is rather low. I think he'd be a great player in a league with less strength and athleticism than the SEC. The sophomores should carry the team for the most part. Lawson and Bryant both gained tremendous experience and discovered that they can compete at this level. Frink has a ways to go, but he showed this year that he has some skills, especially using his body for rebounding. His defense has to improve tremendously though. Minaya will return as an RS Soph next year and I think it's fair to say he should be expected to be better than he was last year and early on this season. He averaged about 8 ppg last year and I think we really need him to elevate that to 12-13 ppg. Cudd is the other sophomore and I just don't see any upside here. Perhaps he'll transfer down a level and play at FMU or some other D2 school. I understand why you take a chance on a 7 footer, but when it doesn't work, you move on. There will once again be a large group of freshmen. Couisnard, if as good as advertised, could have an impact similar to Lawson this year. Moss showed signed of being a quality player but was hurt before we were really able to see any growth. Hannibal will have some growing pains but he's a scorer. I look forward to seeing what he can do. Anderson is a wild card. He had an offer from Georgia Tech, but not much else. I have no idea what to expect from him. Leveque is a big body we desperately need, but who knows if he'll be ready to give us big minutes and be productive.
Looks like the Cocks will face off against Auburn. Do you all feel like the Gamecocks still have a ligament chance of going to the Big Dance or only winning the SEC is their only shot now? Seems very slim at this point. Would you be happy with the NIT? Been their won it twice, Do you feel like the Nit is like a second-tier bowl invite without really any benefit at less in Football it gives players more practice time. which is not the case in basketball.
Chris Silva stats Points: 1,378, needs to score 128 more points to get into all-time top 10. That's 18.2 ppg assuming worst. The Gamecocks only play one game in SEC tournament Rebounds: 821, currently ranks 6th all time. Would be tough to crack top 5 as he would need 179 more and that would require an average of 25 rpg. Blocks: 175, currently ranks 6th all time. Would need 51 more to crack 5th all time. 7.2 bpg Free Throws Made: 536, currently ranks 5th all time. Would need 32 more makes to reach 4th all time. 4.5 made FTs per game. This is doable. All in all, he has had a great career. SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year All-SEC First Team SEC All-Defensive Team Key Member of a Final Four run 17 pt, 10 rebounds against Duke as a sophomore 13 pt, 9 rebounds against Florida to get to Final Four
Wanted to throw this out and talk about realistic chances if any for the Gamecocks to go dancing at the end of the season. Would this do it to play in the postseason?: 17-14 overall Regular season record 12-6 SEC 4 seed in the conference tourney with a win in the quarters and loss in the semis In or out?
His top-rated teammate won’t join him at USC. His plan: show why ‘I should be a 5-star’ August 16, 2018 Trae Hannibal will begin his senior year at Hartsville High School on Monday. This will officially end a summer he spent with Mike Izzo, Bob Huggins, Tony Bennett, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Barnes, Frank Martin and Brad Brownell. “It was fun playing in front of basically every coach in America,” Hannibal said. “It was really fun.” Hannibal, who committed to South Carolina in early June, wasn’t as much the attraction as Josiah James, his AAU teammate and holder of 40-plus scholarship offers. The duo, representing the Charleston-based TMP organization, joined up in late spring and created a bond both on and off the floor. They were two different point guards – one (James) 6-foot-6; the other 6-2 – who often found themselves on the same page. “If Josiah’s not the point, we throw the ball ahead to Trae and use him as a point guard,” TMP coach Antoine Saunders said in July, “or vice versa. We run with whoever. “The game’s a lot easier when you have two top-flight guards like that.” The thought of such chemistry carrying on at the college level stopped Wednesday evening when news broke of James trimming his list to four schools and not including USC. The five-star prospect is moving forward with Clemson, Duke, Michigan State and Tennessee as his options. Hannibal said he didn’t learn of the list until late Wednesday when his father brought it to his attention. “I was like ‘Wow,’” Hannibal told The State on Thursday. “But at the end of the day, I still have respect for him. That’s my brother that I played with in AAU. I still got love and support for him wherever he goes.” The top five players in SC’s 2019 class, according to Big Shots rankings, have either made their college choice, or have made cuts. Gray Collegiate’s Juwan Gary, No. 2 behind James, has pledged to Alabama. Lower Richland’s Christian Brown, No. 3, has scheduled visits to Clemson and LSU, while Georgia and UNLV remain in the mix. Ride View’s Malcolm Wilson, No. 5, is down to Clemson, Georgetown and Rice. Hannibal, given a three-star rating by Rivals, is ranked fourth. It appears he’ll be the lone member of the group to wear garnet and black in 2019-20. THE STATE
'He's like P.J. Dozier all over again.' Frank Martin raves about latest USC signee June 28, 2018 In South Carolina's quest to the return to the NCAA tournament, the Gamecocks have signed a version of a hero from their last Big Dance run. At least that's what Frank Martin sees in incomer A.J. Lawson. "He’s like P.J. Dozier all over again," the USC coach said Tuesday during an SEC teleconference with reporters. Lawson, a versatile four-star prospect from Canada, officially committed to Carolina on Tuesday. He's a listed 6-foot-7 wing, but his game compares to the 6-6 point guard who helped USC get to the Final Four in 2017. Dozier, now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder's organization, averaged 10.4 points and 2.4 assists over two seasons in garnet and black. The Columbia product was a McDonald's All-American coming out of Spring Valley High School. "A little different as a player, but (Lawson's) every bit of 6-6, 6-7," Martin said. "Point guard that can play off the ball. Extremely fast with the ball. Probably shoots it better than P.J. did at the same stage of his career." One of Martin's final appearances before Lawson came in mid-June at the FIBA under-18 Americas championships in Canada. Lawson averaged 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in helping the Canadians to a runner-up finish. He picked the Gamecocks over Creighton and Tulane. “A.J.’s an unbelievable kid," Martin said. "We’ve been recruiting him for a year, thinking he’s going to be a ’19 (class member). When he called and said he was going to change his mind, we jumped on him right away and we’re very, very fortunate that we were able to sign him.” Lawson is the highest rated prospect in USC's class. The group of five incoming freshmen is ranked 46th nationally by Rivals and 51st by 247Sports. The run of pledges didn't start until three-star guard Jermaine Couisnard's commitment on Jan. 27. Couisnard is 6-5 and April pledge T.J. Moss is 6-4. Throw in Lawson's length and Martin is pleased about the future of his backcourt. "Big, big long guards that all take on the defensive challenges and understand the game as point guards," Martin said. "(It) kind of gives me the nucleus of young kids that we feel pretty good about." South Carolina's 2018 recruiting class ▪ G Jermaine Cousinard (East Chicago, Indiana) ▪ G T.J. Moss (Memphis, Tennessee)