The South Carolina Gamecocks basketball team is looking to make a mark in the SEC basketball landscape. Last season, was far from stellar with a 14-16 (5-11 SEC) record and some off the court issues in the postseason with player departures.
Head coach Darrin Horn is trying to get the Gamecocks over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament; somewhere they haven’t been since 2004. The year ahead for USC will be tough as the team is young and the schedule has its’ challenges.
Let's dive into this hoops squad:no comments
South Carolina men's basketball team has added two walk-ons to its roster, head coach Darrin Horn announced on Wednesday. Shane Philips (Sr. - G - 5'10 - 170 - Pittsburgh, Penn./Wheeling Central) and Alex Irwin (Sr. - F - 6'4 - 170 - Richmond, Va./Woodbury Forest/Sewanee) will begin participating with the team.
In looking for info on Irwin, noticed that he was a member of the Sewanee golf team in 2008-2009. Philips guided Wheeling Central to a state championship and is a decent outside spot shooter.
I would stop short in assuming these two are the keys to a SEC Championship in 2011-2012. They will certainly help run some practice plays.
South Carolina will begin official team practice for the 2011-12 season on Friday, Oct. 14.
The University of South Carolina men's basketball team has landed two solid recruits today accoring to their AAU coach and GamecockCentral. Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) four-star shooting guard Carlos Morris and point guard Ian Baker have committed to Coach Darrin Horn's squad.
Morris is rated the #96 player on the 247 top 100 and had offers from Missouri, Cinncy, and interest from others like UF and UGa. “Squirrel” Morris has been rated as one of the top shooting guards out of Florida. He can do a bit of everything which Horn likes. Morris averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season.
Any guy with a nickname of Squirrel is cool with me, I mean this is South Carolina.
Ian Baker flew under the radar but many believe has strong potential and was being courted by USC, BC, Miami and Providence. Baker averaged 11 points and 4 assists per game. At 6'1" 175lbs and as a three start recruit according to Rivals, he has huge upside and seems to fit into Horn's style of offense. Here is a video of him in action.
Not a bad day for Coach Horn, lands a 4 star SG and a 3 star PG. Now just land Brice Johnson and LOHD will be happy.
Gamecocks Head Basketball Coach Darrin Horn is on hot pursuit for Carlos Morris out of Jacksonville, F.L.
The 6’5” shooting guard is rated by most as a three star prospect and is said to be considering South Carolina, Cincinnati, Providence, Georgia, Arkansas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
Morris averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season. His strengths are his ability to create when the ball is his hands, his range and his defensive skills. With a little coaching, he could be the type wing player USC needs that can penetrate but also play solid defense.
Morris made an unofficial visit to USC last year and said he will use one of his official visits for a return trip this fall. He is likely to make his decision known this November.
Let’s hope Coach Horn can land this kid.no comments
Former South Carolina Gamecocks guard Ramon Galloway has been cleared to play at La Salle University.
The NCAA granted Galloway a hardship waiver based on the fact Galloway chose La Salle so that he could assist nearby family members with health issues. Galloway transfered this past summer from USC to La Salle. Galloway will have two years of eligibility with the Explorers.
Galloway (6-2, 175) at USC last season, averaged 10.7 points per game. He added 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Gamecocks while connecting on 44 three-pointers.
He will be missed but hopefully good things, both on the court and with the family, come from this change.
The South Carolina basketball team did not get the verbal pledge from Kedar Edwards that was reported Monday night.
Seems the Orlando Sentinel was wrong when they wrote (HERE) that Edwards pledged to be a Gamecock over the weekend at a AAU tourney in Orlando. Edwards' AAU coach, Dana Dingle, has come out to deny this commitment has taken place. Fishy?
It was reported that Edwards has been offered by Coach Horn and his staff but now even that is questioned by some. Why is this so hard and conflicted?
Edwards, a New York City native, is currently attending school in Orlando, FL. According to the New York Post, the Gamecocks watched Edwards at a camp in Philadelphia and shortly issued the offer. The 6'4" shooting guard is very talented and if/when he chooses to be a Gamecock, it will be a solid add.
So two things we learned - Edwards did not commit and don't trust the Orlando Sentinel.
The South Carolina Gamecocks basketball recruiting class for 2012 has landed Kedar Edwards.
Edwards committed to USC over the weekend while at a AAU tourney in Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel first reported this - HERE.
Edwards, a New York City native, is currently attending school in Orlando, FL. According to a recent story in the New York Post, the Gamecocks watched Edwards at a camp in Philadelphia and shortly issued the offer about a month ago. Notice that the Post refers to Edwards as "lighting in a bottle."
Edwards had offers from South Carolina and Manhattan but also had interest from Rutgers and a number of others.
Last season, Edwards was named to the Independent All State first team. He has a high motor, knack for scoring and seems to have huge upside due to his willingness to get better. Coach Horn likes these type kids and should do well in the system despite Edwards not getting stars from the recruiting services as he seems to be a little unknown. Horn must have seen something in him he strongly likes.
As mentioned earlier, this 6'4" shooting guard could be exactly the kind of player the Gamecocks need as he is a hard working person that loves the challenge of getting better. Welcome to USC Mr. Edwards.
***STOP THE PRESS --- Kedar Edwards does not commit...story update - HERE.
The Southeastern Conference's basketball league will look much different next season and really will be good overall for the state of the league. Change is good and what it does is simply puts the SEC standings in a No. 1 through No. 12 format rather than by six-team divisions.
Due to this change in having all the teams lumped together, the SEC's postseason tournament may feature a different look. With divisional champions and runners-up no longer a reality, first-round byes will be awarded to the top four teams regardless of geographic location.
Regular-season schedules will remain untouched -- for now. SEC teams currently play a 16-game conference schedule but this could change in the future as it was voted by the coaches to create a task force to evaluate possibilities involved with altering schedules to better fit the new, single-division construct. So you could see a conference schedule with anywhere from 18-22 games in the future.
Based on the upcoming change, here is how last season would have looked if the change was in place -
Well-traveled Murphy Holloway has gone from Irmo to Oxford to Columbia and now back to Oxford. Seems this is going to be his last stop despite rumors of a continued stay as part of the South Carolina basketball team.
If you recall, Holloway signed to be a Ole Miss Rebel out of high school and spent two years there only to change his mind due to family issues and became a Gamecock. The stint at USC allowed him to be closer to family but he never suited up as a Gamecock. With expectations high for Holloway in the garnet and black, the young man had another change of heart that lead him to make a choice to leave USC to return back to the Ole Miss camp.
Parrish Alford of Inside Ole Miss Sports writes that Ole Miss is making plans for Holloway to be a Rebel as soon as Summer Session II and at that time they will ask the NCAA for a one year waiver that will allow Holloway to play in the 2011-12 season.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had this to say on the issue that seems to put the idea of Holloway coming back to USC to rest - “He's already signed an SEC agreement to Ole Miss. So there is no going back to South Carolina.”
With the ink dry on that paperwork and the NCAA likely not to take up the case until the start of school, his days as a Gamecocks appear to be over. With it, expectations for Coach Horn's crew in the upcoming season decrease and the ongoing rebuilding of the Gamecock basketball program continues on.