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#1 BadCock


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:10 PM

Martin: Lawson, Bryant showed they are ‘special’

Sindarius Thornwell (2013-14) - SEC All-Freshman Team
34 games played (34 starts)
29.6 minutes per game
454 points scored (13.4 ppg)
139 rebounds (4.1 rpg)
39 percent FG / 37 percent 3FG / 74 percent FT

 A.J. Lawson (2018-19) – SEC All-Freshman Team
29 games played (28 starts) – missed three games due to ankle injury
30.5 minutes per game
388 points scored (13.4 ppg)
125 rebounds (4.3 rpg)
41 percent FG / 36 percent 3FG / 67 percent FT


“In my game improved most definitely in my three-point shooting, corner
shooting and finishing around the basket. I think I got better at that,”
Lawson said after the conclusion of the season. “We have a bright
future. We have a lot of talent coming back, new talent coming in as
freshmen and for the returning guys we’re going to have all the injured
guys healthy and we can be a great team.”



Duane Notice (2013-14)
34 games played (22 starts)
25.2 minutes per game
279 points scored (8.2 ppg)
99 rebounds (2.9 rpg)
38 percent FG / 36 percent 3FG / 67 percent FT


Keyshawn Bryant (2018-19)
32 games played (26 starts)
23.8 minutes per game
287 points (9.0 ppg)
122 rebounds (3.8 rpg)
45 percent FG / 21 percent 3FG / 57 percent FT


“Freshman year was a great experience. I learned a lot of things from
the older guys and the coaches. Overall I enjoyed my freshman year,”
Bryant said. “I had to grow up and take on a bigger role. I was ready
for it. The senior and coaches helped me prepare to take that role on.
Growing up more and maturing, that was the biggest thing and learning
how South Carolina plays basketball. We’re fast-tempo and a defensive
team. I need to work on my jump shot, most importantly. I’ll be working
on that a lot.”




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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:12 PM

Be very nice if Kotsar had a BIG year to go with the talent we will have on the floor this year.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:15 AM


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 04:25 AM

I am excited for this coming season. I do not however, expect any of the big men on the team to be major contributors offensively. Kotsar may surprise and score upwards of 10 ppg, but I mostly just hope he can play solid team defense, and try to help with rebounding, and he will make Coach martin happy and not scream at him too much.


Same with incoming graduate transfer Henry - protect the rim and rebound, and any scoring he can provide will be icing on the cake. The meat of the offense will come from Lawson, Minaya, Bryant, Couisnard, Bolden, and Moss. A very athletic and fast-tempo'd team for 2019-20....

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 02:08 AM

Frank Martin has announced his incoming class for the 2019-20
campaign. The seven-member group is comprised of five freshmen and two
upperclassmen transfers, including: 

  • Trey Anderson (Fr. - F - 6-5 - San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Woodstock Academy)
  • Mike Green (Fr. - G - 6-1 - Myrtle Beach, S.C./Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach)
  • Trae Hannibal (Fr. - G - 6-1 - Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville)
  • Micaiah Henry (Gr. - F/C - 6-9 - Decatur, Ga./Columbia High School/Tennessee Tech) 
  • Wildens Leveque (Fr. - F/C - 6-10 - Brockton, Mass./Gould Academy)
  • Jalyn McCreary (Fr. - F - 6-8 - Marietta, Ga./Legacy Early College High School)
  • Seventh Woods (Sr. - G - 6-1 - Columbia, S.C./Hammond School/North Carolina) 

“We are extremely excited about the quality and talent of this
recruiting class,” Gamecock head coach Frank Martin said. “Our staff
continues to piggy back on the momentum of our program to recruit
high-character, highly-talented young men.”

Seventh Woods

Wood saw action in 94 career games at North Carolina, averaging 1.8
points and 1.1 rebounds per game; a member of UNC's 2017 national
championship team. He played his prep career at Hammond School in
Columbia, averaging 18.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and five assists per game
as a senior and helped 2015 squad capture state championship.

Woods was twice named Mr. Basketball in the state of South Carolina,
while collecting other accolades such as all-region and all-state
honors, while also being named the South Carolina Independent Schools
Association Player of the Year four times during prep career.

“I’m extremely excited to get Seventh back home. He has learned a lot
over the last three years, and obviously he was a rotation player on a
national championship team,” Martin said. “Who he is to this community —
I don’t need to say much about it, I think that’s understood. I’m
excited — and I think so is he — to be able to get to help him, and help
him regain that trust that he had in himself, so after a redshirt year,
he can line up and play with the same kind of confidence and
aggressiveness that he played in throughout his high school career at

Trey Anderson

Following prep career, Anderson — labeled a strong shooter and a
competitor with great length — spent a post-grad season at Woodstock
Academy, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game. He averaged
16.7 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game to help lead Mater Dei
Catholic squad to a league championship title and a berth in the San
Diego Section Open Division semifinal playoffs as a senior.

He was named the 2017-18 Mesa League Player of the Year (The Star News) as a senior.

“Trey is a 6-5 athletic wing, that can shoot the basketball. He’s
very competitive and multi-talented defensively, so we’re excited about
the possibilities of what he can contribute right away,” Martin said.

Mike Green

Green — who’s noted as a player with high-level shooting ability and
excellent vision — scored over 2,000 points during prep career while
also pulling down over 600 rebounds and dishing out over 500 assists. He
was named South Carolina Independent Schools Association 2018-19 AA
All-State by the High School Sports Report. He played varsity as an
eighth grader, averaging 15 points per game.

“Mike, who is from the Myrtle Beach area, turned down numerous
scholarship offers because of his belief in who we are as a basketball
program and his willingness to play for his state. He has come here
paying his own way and doing everything in his power to earn a
scholarship as we move forward,” Martin said.

Trae Hannibal

Hannibal — noted as a player with great athleticism who plays with
pace — was named the Class 4A co-Player of the Year as a senior at
Hartsville, finishing his prep career with over 1,500 points, which
included a 62-point performance in his final high school contest.

He was also named the Florence Morning News’ boys basketball player
of the year as a senior, when he averaged 26.8 points per game. He
averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a junior at
Hartsville, also earning all-state honors.

“Trae is a young man from Hartsville [S.C.], who scored 62 points and
grabbed 20 rebounds in his final high school game. He is a dynamic
point guard, who has size, strength, basketball skill and IQ. We’re
extremely excited about who he will become in his time at South
Carolina,” Martin said.

Micaiah Henry

Henry is a graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech, where he averaged
9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 31 appearances in 2018-19. He hit 50
percent or better from the floor each of his three seasons with the
Golden Eagles, including a career best 61.5 percent as a

During prep career at Columbia High School, Henry averaged 16 points
and 11 rebounds per game as a senior, en route to First Team All-Region
accolades. He graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in finance

“Micaiah is a graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech, who is a 6-9
low-post player that is comfortable playing with his back to the basket.
He has really good hands, and he is a highly-competitive young man that
has a tremendous feel of how to score around the basket,” Martin said.

Wildens Leveque

Leveque — labeled as a competitive player with great form on his shot
— averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior
at Gould Academy, earning NEPSAC AA Honorable Mention accolades. He was
ranked as the No. 2 player in the state of Massachusetts by ESPN.com and
named All-NEPSAC AA following senior season.

“Wildens is a 6-10 athletic center, who knows he is a back-to-the
basket player. He is a rim protector, he's a runner, and he has real
good hands, so he can figure out a way to help on offense and defense
from the word go,” Martin said.

Jalyn McCreary

McCreary — noted as an athletic combo forward with good court
awareness — averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a senior at Legacy
Early College. He was named a USA Today South Carolina
All-State Second Team honoree after helping his squad to a 34-5 overall
record during senior campaign. He scored 18 points to lead his team to
the USA National Prep Tournament Championship in March.

“Jalyn is a 6-8 athletic, aggressive forward, who is freakishly
athletic. In the open court, he is a finisher from the mid-range and he
is a dunking highlight reel, a lot like Keyshawn Bryant,” Martin said.

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 10:15 AM

:) I like this recruiting class Coach Martin has put together!!!

"Winning isn't a sometime thing; it is an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing". `Vince Lombardi (Hall of Fame Coach)

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 07:20 PM

It's good that he is still our Coach. Sounds and looks like the staff has done a very good on recruiting job. The Gamecocks look like we are going to have a good year in all sports in 2019 and 2020 . Great recruiting by all 3 big sports Coaches. Go Gamecocks.

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 01:20 AM

Just. Win. Please.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:35 AM

Martin giving transfer guard Seventh Woods a year to ‘regain his swag’


By Brandon Alter | Photo by Allen Sharpe


He won’t play a single minute for South Carolina this coming season,
but that won’t stop Seventh Woods from being a big part of the
Gamecocks’ team.

Head coach Frank Martin said Thursday the team will not apply for a
waiver to make the senior immediately eligible after transferring from
North Carolina. Woods instead will redshirt and take a season to regroup
and adjust to his program.  

Woods was a high-profile recruit coming out of Hammond Academy before
signing with North Carolina. As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 4.5
rebounds and five assists. He helped lead Hammond to a state
championship in 2015 and was twice named South Carolina’s Mr. Basketball
among numerous other accolades. As a result, he was constantly under
intense pressure to perform.

“He’s been under a microscope since he was 13 years old. I don’t know
how he’s done it and kept his sanity. I really don’t,” Martin said. “As
a 14-year-old, every time he dribbled, every gym was sold out and every
critic was out there criticizing everything he did wrong. I have no
idea how that young man has been able to keep the class that he lives
life with under those circumstances.”

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Martin hopes that by giving Woods a year to adjust it will relieve some pressure he has felt.


“The whole thought process is, let’s redshirt and get out of that
spotlight for a minute, take a deep breath and regain his swag, which
made him pretty dang good,” Martin said. “And the most important part,
let’s he and I get to know each other as a player and coach. We got to
know each other as people during the recruiting process. Let’s get to
know each other as a player and coach so when he is eligible to go he
can maximize who he is.” 

While his numbers with the Tar Heels may not be jaw-dropping — 1.8
points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 94 career games — Martin hopes his
presence helps a young Gamecock team develop.

“He backed up two lottery picks. It’s not like he went [to North
Carolina] and didn’t play. He was a rotational player on a national
championship team,” Martin said. “He’s got some experience there and
he’s such an incredible kid that you can argue he was their favorite
teammate up there. If you ask, people will tell you that. He’s going to
bring that to our team too, even though he’s not playing.”

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