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2014 Recruiting Class

2015 Commits: (247 Composite Rankings)

Chris Silva
Power Forward
Roselle, NJ (Roselle Catholic)
Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 210

247 Bio - National Ranking: #106, Positional Ranking: #28, & State Ranking: #4

Martin on Silva:
"Chris Silva is a 6-9 forward from New Jersey, who is an unbelievable athlete and fearless in how strong he plays. He can step out and shoot the basketball and block shots with the best of them. Chris is a tremendous young man who is fully committed to the Gamecocks. I couldn't be more excited to add him to our front line, and add his athleticism, toughness and shot-blocking ability."


Perry Dozier Jr.
Shooting Guard
Columbia, SC (Spring Valley Hi)
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 180

247 Bio - National Ranking: #26, Positional Ranking: #6, & State Ranking: #1

Martin on Dozier:
"I couldn't be happier that P.J. Dozier has decided to stay home. Sindarius Thornwell, Marcus Stroman and Justin McKie, those guys have opened the door for local kids to believe in what we do and for P.J. to believe in what those guys did and believe in what we did makes me extremely excited. A 6-7 guard, who is a point guard, who knows how to play off the ball. He has the ability, just like Chris (Silva) to be a tremendous defender. We are super excited for what those two guys will bring to the table. They complement our team in ways that we need and we are lucky to have both of them."

2015 Targets: (247 Composite Rankings)


Kain Harris
Shooting Guard
Chicago, IL (Morgan Park)
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 180

247 Bio - National Ranking: #161, Positional Ranking: #47, & State Ranking: #10


Thaddeus Hall (JUCO)
Shooting Guard
Brooklyn, NY (Jefferson)
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 200

247 Bio - National Ranking: #21, Positional Ranking: #7, & State Ranking: #1



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Good additions to the team - Stroman adds a legit #1 to the roster, replacing a departing Brenton Williams and Bruce Ellington. Ellington was a true PG I guess but more was a slasher/driver to the basket than a straight-up distributor of the BBall, and wasn't the best perimeter shooter. Williams was a #2 in a #1 body that was mostly a setup perimeter shooter and who was good at fast-break drives to the basket, but improved on his lane penetration in order to capitalize on his excellent free-throw shooting. IMO, both Shaw and Notice will go a long way in replacing both Williams' and Ellington's roles on the team, but we need more legitimate ball handlers and distributors, and IMO Stroman fills that role, and he's a decent size for a PG too...

Blanton will be another athletic 2/3 who can drive, rebound, and defend.

IMO the roster needs more depth in the paint than anything else, but these two are solid additions to the team...






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IMO the roster needs more depth in the paint than anything else


Agreed, otherwise CFM's staff has to do a hell of a job & develop these bigs we have over the offseason. But both of these guys are pretty solid, being Top 150 recruits.






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IMO the roster needs more depth in the paint than anything else, but these two are solid additions to the team...



We are in desperate need of bigs. The Lithuanians and Henry aren't going to cut it unless they drastically improve






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Thanks CC13, upvoted.





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ETA: Added ESPN Bio's for both recruits.



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TBS/247 Insider Notes from this week:

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-- South Carolina has extended an offer to 6-foot-6 slashing wing player Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va./Fishburne Prep). Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Sheppard has also started receiving heavy interest from Frank Martin's former school, Kansas State, and is expected to set up visits to both schools in the next few weeks. Those are the two schools showing the most interest at this point and based on what we are told those are the two schools that Sheppard is likely to choose from.

This season at Fishburne, Sheppard is averaging 14 points per game and is described as a scoring slasher with a good mid-range game. Sheppard will need to continue to improve his three point shot but he is very similar to current Kansas State player Shane Southwell from what we are told.

-- One other name to mention from Fishburne Prep is 6-foot-8, 210-pound DeOntaye Curtis who has been described to me as very similar to Gamecocks recruit and Oklahoma signee Dante Buford (Jacksonville, Fla/Arlington Country Day). Curtis took an official visit to Gardner-Webb this past weekend but he still has some work to do regarding academics.

If Curtis can get his academics together late in the year he will likely be a guy that receives several high major offers but it is going to be mid- to late-March before anyone has an idea if he can make it academically.

-- Another post player in the 2014 class the Gamecocks recently checked on is 6-foot-10, 300-pound Adonis Delarosa (Rens, N.Y./Christ the King) but at this point we do not expect the Gamecocks to do very much here. They are likely to go see him play again towards the end of February but the focus is finding another athletic body and while DelaRosa is big, he does not really fit the mold of what the Gamecocks are looking for.

There is still a very strong chance that the Gamecocks will take a post player that has elected to transfer from another school and see if he can get a waiver to become eligible immediately.






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South Carolina has moved forward with an offer to 6-foot-10 2014 center Adonis Delarosa from Christ The King school in New York.

Adonis Delarosa 24/7 Bio

He's also received offers from Hofstra, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Seton Hall, St. John's, Wake Forest, Florida State, Fordham, Miami, & SMU.

ETA:
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I love Frank Martin and everything but we need good recruits asap...





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Might as well. We need to do anything different.





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They'd be nice, I was actually surprised of this offer because everything WG was saying on TBS was that South Carolina wasn't to interested in him. Guess things change quickly.





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Per WG on 24/7

Men’s Recruiting Notes:

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I spoke with a source on the South Carolina side of things that said as of this morning the Gamecocks have not offered 2014 6-foot-11, 300-pound Adonis Delarosa of Christ the King school in New York. The 2014 center has told various media outlets that the Gamecocks had offered but that is not the case presently. The person we spoke with believes the Gamecocks could offer down the road however at this point DelaRosa does not fit the bill of what the Gamecocks are looking for.

The Gamecocks are currently awaiting some academic papers for 2014 wing Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va/Fishburne Military Academy) before they can bring him on campus for an official visit. That is expected during the next few weeks and based on the feedback I am receiving I think the Gamecocks have a very good shot to land him.

The biggest thing with Sheppard the Gamecocks like is his toughness and ability on the defensive end of the floor. Currently, Kansas State is the other team involved with Sheppard and It is likely he will take an official visit to Manhattan as well.

The Gamecocks have been down recently to see junior college post player Andrew Fishler (Panama City, Fla./Gulf Coast State College). Oklahoma State has already extended an offer to the seven-foot prospect and the Gamecocks have just started checking into his services.

The person whom we spoke with believes the Gamecocks are not in need of a scoring threat in the post but instead a rim protector and rebounder. Fishler fits both of these categories and could be a guy the Gamecocks elect to move on later in the month of February.



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-- Last week we mentioned 2014 wing Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va./Fishburne Academy) and how the Gamecocks had stepped forward with an offer. The Gamecocks got the necessary paperwork over the weekend and now Sheppard will take an official visit to Columbia starting this Wednesday and running through Friday.

Sheppard and his team play against Hargrave Academy on Tuesday night and the 6-foot-6 prospect will then make the trip down on Wednesday and should be on campus in time to catch the Gamecocks take on Auburn.

The Gamecocks have also extended an offer to 2014 wing/forward Josh Cunningham (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) along with DePaul, Bradley, Minnesota, Northwestern and Nebraska. In speaking with people over the weekend, the feeling is that DePaul is the team to beat but Cunningham has an open mind and if he visits the Gamecocks they could make a move.

The Gamecocks would be willing to take both Sheppard and Cunningham if they both wanted to commit as Cunningham is considered more of an athletic four than a true wing. Sheppard on the other hand is considered more of a three man and a slasher.




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Gamecocks Lead 2014 Wing Prospect

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South Carolina hosted 2014 wing prsopect Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va./Fishburne Military Academy) this week on an official visit. Following his trip, he spoke about the specifics of the trip that caught his attention.

“I loved the fans and how the coaches support the players,” Sheppard told TheBigSpur on Friday afternoon. “I loved the campus. It was just a great campus. Everything about the trip was great.”

“The Horseshoe really stood out to me,” Sheppard said. “Just everything about it. They were telling me about the history around it and how they built it. It was just a very nice area of the campus and something that I really liked when I saw it.”

“Coach Martin just told me they want the top players that are going to come and go hard,” he said. “He thinks I can fit in with how they play and how I play would be perfect for their system.”

Sheppard arrived on campus on Wednesday in time to catch the game against Auburn. Despite the 79-74 setback, the effort the team showed impressed Sheppard.

“I think they play hard,” he said. “They really get after it but down the stretch they need a couple more tough plays to be good.”

“I am not sure right now on visits,” he said. “I would like to take at least one more just to have something to compare to South Carolina but I am not sure right now.”

When asked if he was willing to name South Carolina his leader following his trip, he did not hesitate.

“Yes sir,” Sheppard said. “I would consider them my leader right now and I hope to make a decision by the end of this month.”

Sheppard is a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings with a 0.8257 rating.


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quote:

IMO the roster needs more depth in the paint than anything else


Yeah, without a doubt. If we don't we'll continue to struggle.

We need depth in the paint like we've already discovered the necessity of depth in the trenches in football.






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CFM was up in New York Sunday, saw 2014 Target Adonis Delarosa. His stat line was 23 points with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.





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VIP Notes

-- The staff now has a good idea of what they will do with the roster for the 2014-15 season and have started to become more aggressive on the recruiting trail in terms of identifying and offering potential prospects. On Sunday afternoon, head coach Frank Martin was in attendance for 6-foot-10, 270-pound Adonis Delarosa (New York, N.Y./Christ The King) and watched as he put forth a 23 point performance. As of the writing on Monday night, an official offer had not been extended to Delarosa although one could be coming at any point. Martin is suppose to speak with the New York big man during the early part of the week and it is very likely he is offered at that point.

In terms of landing Delarosa, we are hearing there is a good chance that the big man could potentially visit South Carolina officially at some point but pulling him from the northeast will be difficult. Delarosa tried to commit to St. John's earlier in the fall but they did not accept his commitment, instead they wanted to watch him progress. Whether or not the Red Storm do move forward with a committable offer will likely play a big role in his recruitment while the other school to watch is Pittsburgh. Staying close to home is going to be a factor in Delarosa's recruitment although we are told that the city of Columbia is something that Delarosa could find very appealing as it is a city environment and not a rural type of school. The key will be for Martin to really build a strong relationship with Delarosa and his family and convince him to come south.

-- The Gamecocks are also tracking 2014 wing Josh Cunningham (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) but he is an extreme long shot at this time. The key is that Cunningham does at least continue to mention the Gamecocks when interviewed but in speaking with someone close to Cunningham, the feeling is DePaul and Indiana are in better shape to land him. Michigan State has also started to show interest and would be the favorite if they offer. Despite saying he would like to take his official visit to a destination further away than East Lansing, Mich. (if they offer) or Bloomington, Ind., the feeling is that they are the most likely to land Cunningham's fifth and final official visit.

-- Finally, in speaking with people around 2014 wing Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va./Fishburne Prep) the feeling is the Gamecocks are in great shape to land him at this time. As we have mentioned, Sheppard will likely take one more official visit with the expectation that Martin's old school, Kansas State gets that visit. The reason for the visit is that Sheppard told us he would like to have one more visit in which he could compare his South Carolina visit.






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VIP Notes

Recruiting

-- Frank Martin traveled to Chicago on Sunday to watch 2014 forward Josh Cunningham (Chicago, IL/Morgan Park). The 6-foot-6 prospect has already taken four official visits as we have documented and the Gamecocks are fighting to get Cunningham's fifth visit but at this point, the odds are he ends up taking that visit to either DePaul or Indiana. From what I have been told Michigan State would be the favorite to get Cunningham's final visit, if they offer. The Spartans are going to likely wait until late to see what roster spots they have available before making a decision so this recruitment is likely to drag out until April.

-- In speaking with people around the midlands, we are starting to get the feel that South Carolina has made a significant move with 2015 wing Perry Dozier Jr. (Columbia/Spring Valley). We have not made a Crystal Ball prediction just yet but we are trending toward picking the Gamecocks.

Dozier is still rehabbing from knee surgery in the fall of 2013 but is close to being ready to get back on the court. Expect the 6-foot-5 wing from Spring Valley to be back on the court soon and then really narrow his list down to three to five schools. The job that Martin and his staff have done with Thornwell this season has caught the attention of both Dozier and his father and the feeling is that they could do the same thing for the rising senior when he arrives on campus.

-- There is no news to update on 2014 wing prospect Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va./Fishburne Military Academy) as he is hoping to set up a visit to Kansas State in the very near future and then make a decision by the end of the month. Based on feedback we have received, we still very good about the Gamecocks chances as of today.

Perry Dozier Jr 247 Bio

Wow that would be a really nice get. He's gotten offers from Clemson, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, & Georgetown. Along with a ton of other big time schools looking at him for example: Duke, Louisville, Virginia, & Wichita State.



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VIP Notes

Recruiting

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-- Heading into the end of February the staff is undecided on what direction to go in terms of recruiting right now. The easy thought is to go out and get a post player that can make an impact in 2014 and improve the team's chances of making postseason play. The bottom line, however, is there are extremely few players available that can offer that ability.

The problem the staff faces is that with no real impact players, they have to find a guy they are certain can contribute next year or stay with players such as Laimonas Chatkevicius or Mindaugas Kacinas and work them to improve their ability going into their third year in the system.

-- Class of 2014 forward Josh Cunningham (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) is a guy that we have mentioned and certainly fits the bill as a player that would improve the front line for the Gamecocks. However it is very unlikely they are able to get him on campus for an official visit as Indiana and Michigan State seem to be the more likely options.

-- On the other hand we have mentioned guys like 2014 center Adonis Delarosa and junior college prospect Andrew Fishler (Panama City, Fla/Gulf Coast Community College) who are options but are not necessarily any more athletic than the players currently on campus. Add in the fact that both DelaRosa and Fishler would be spending their first years on campus and there is not a guarantee that they would provide the type of impact the staff needs.

That makes the question does the staff elect to take a chance on a new player or go with a commodity already on campus? The players on campus already understand the offensive and defensive system and has spent two years conditioning and training with Scott Greenawalt.

There is one more junior college player that is a no-brainer take for the Gamecocks but he does have current legal issues. Former five star forward Devonta Pollard (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College) enrolled in junior college back in October after leaving Alabama last summer due to being involved in a serious off the court crime that involved his mother. The 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward did reach a plea deal that has allowed him to enroll in the junior college and become a recruitable player once again this spring.

We mention his name because the Gamecocks have inquired into his services but we could consider this an extreme long shot as several other high profile schools have also checked into his situation. Neither Pollard nor his coaches are talking about his recruitment right now so there is no idea on what he plans to do after the season as he could decide to go ahead and declare for the NBA or try to go back to a four-year college.

-- One thing to keep an eye on is the possibility of coaching changes following the season that could open the door for guys either already committed or signed to become prospects once again. As for potential transfers, the biggest key would be getting an NCAA waiver for them to be eligible immediately for 2014, which seems unlikely but there is still always a chance.

-- There has been no real movement on the 2014 wing Shamiek Sheppard (Waynesboro, Va/Fishburne Prep) watch. We reached out to Sheppard late last week to check on when he may take an official visit to Kansas State and at that point was not sure when he would do it. Sheppard did want to have a decision by the end of the month so it is possible he could elect to go ahead and commit to the Gamecocks and not even take the visit to Kansas State.






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Progress this season boosts USC for Dozier

Perry Dozier Jr 247 Bio

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“It was a great game and the atmosphere was crazy,” Dozier told TheBigSpur afterward. “Probably the most amount of people I have seen here in a couple years. Kentucky brought a lot of their fans but I was glad South Carolina could get the win and bounce back from their season and the record they currently have.”

One of the selling points for the Gamecocks staff to Dozier has been the success of current freshman and South Carolina native Sindarius Thornwell.

“He was great,” Dozier said. “Personally since I have been watching all season, I thought this was the best game he has had. He knew he could put the ball in the basket and he really exploited that tonight."

“They are coming along great,” he said. “The very first game I saw was a little shaky, I wasn’t sure what they would be able to do with this but as the season has gone along they have gotten better and better and you can see it clearly out there on the court.”

Asked if the team’s progress this year could help in his decision to stay home, Dozier did not hesitate to say it could.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” he said. “That is the biggest thing. If you don’t see any progress then why you consider that school but the progress they are making right now going into the tournament is great.”

“I do not plan to really narrow my list until I actually take some unofficial visits,” he said. “I have not really been anywhere except for a couple schools around that are pretty close by but when I can get out and get to a couple schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana or Kansas then I can have a better idea.”

As for when the rising senior may end up making a decision, he was not sure and was not really rushing into.

“I am just being patient and going with the flow as people would say,” Dozier said. “I do know the time is winding down for me to make a decision but I am just taking my time right now. I just do see much point in hurrying up and letting everybody know. I just want to be sure with the decision that I make.”

Dozier is the No. 8 point guard in the country and No. 34 player regardless of position in the 247Sports Composite with a four-star, 0.9861 rating. He is also a four-star prospect with a 96 rating by 247Sports.


ETA: 2016 Prospect Seventh Woods 247 Bio was also in the house, sitting right behind the South Carolina bench. Also came away impressed from the game.



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