Dear Damontre Harris and Anthony Gill, please stay at South Carolina.
The Gamecocks basketball team needs you going forward and you will not be sorry for sticking around with new coach Frank Martin.
I know with change that questions can arise concerning how you will fit in with the new system. Also I am sure when a coaching change occurs that "third parties" on behalf of other collegiate basketball programs reach out to express their desire for your abilities. Don't be fooled as you both are key cogs in the wheel for USC basketball.
Rumors are flying that you both are thinking of transfering out of the program, can I say don't give up. Use this weekend to weigh the options before you. I hope through this that you will see that we, the fans, need you in the garnet and black.
Both of you are likely to play key roles for USC as you both have loads of potential. You both chose to bleed garnet, see it through. Believe that Coach Martin is going to change things at USC and be part of the journey.
Yes, he is a tough coach but he will make you a better basketball player. He will push you and demand 120% each time you lace up your shoes and put on the USC jersey. Wouldn't you want to fight for respect and be part of something special?
Say yes to Carolina and help get USC basketball back on the right path.
Dear Demontre and Anthony,
I can't imagine what it was like for you last season to hear so many fans deride your coach and you, the players. Despite that you and your teammates played and practiced hard all season long until the final buzzer. The fans jeered you and jeered the man for whom you came to our University to play. Those making these callous, thoughtless, and disloyal statements were too selfish to even acknowledge that a coach who can lead a team through a tough season and keep the team working hard with high morale is doing a great job under terrible circumstances. They were also too selfish and arrogant to admit that they made it nearly impossible for Horn to do his job. It's fair to question bench coaching, but to make degrading remarks about the talent of the players and calling for the coach to be fired is insufferable, so I don't blame you for wanting to leave this place if you do. We made you miserable. People expected the impossible - for a team comprised of 80% freshmen and sophomores to perform like seniors and weren't willing to give you and the staff time for you to develop. The old adage that you reap what you sow is again self fulfilling.
I just want you to know that not all Gamecock fans are like those folks. All too often those folks make too much noise. I hope you two great young men will decide to stay for the fans like me who appreciate all the hard work and effort you put in on our behalf and we also appreciate the fact that you could be playing for other teams in the SEC, ACC, or the Big East but you chose us. Fortunately, we replaced a very good coach with an even better one and I am convinced he is a man who has your best interests at heart. I hope you'll finish your careers here and vindicate Darrin Horn. Show our foolish fans what you are made of and the kind of great young men Darrin Horn recruited for us. It's the best way you can help him, and also considering the fact that you're practically guaranteed an enormous amount of playing time here so it's still the best opportunity for you two to develop your leadership and basketball skills.