USC basketball coach Frank Martin issued a release to share his thoughts on the three players he signed during the early signing period. The Gamecocks signed Desmond Ringer, Justin McKie and Sindarius Thornwell.
Martin on Desmond Ringer (F/C – 6-9 – 260 – McDonough, Ga. – Eagle’s Landing) :
“Desmond Ringer gives us size, strength, athleticism and skill on the front line. He comes from a very successful high school program, and we’re excited to have him be part of our family. He is a guy that understands how to play, and he has great size and real good hands. Desmond is someone that we feel will become a big-time presence on the front line for many years to come.”
Martin on Justin McKie (G – 6-4 – 180 – Columbia, S.C. – Irmo)
“With his name alone, it should give people an understanding of the kind of bloodlines that he has. Justin loves to win, and he is coached by Tim Whipple, one of the great coaches in the country, not just in high school basketball or in this state. In my seven months here, Justin has improved as much as any player that I have watched. We really like his toughness, his ability to play defense in a system that is similar to ours and his length and size on the perimeter. He is someone that, as we move forward, we think he is definitely a great part of building a championship program.”
Martin on Sindarius Thornwell (G – 6-5 – 180 – Lancaster, S.C. – Oak Hill Academy):
“Sindarius Thornwell is an extremely talented guard, and he is a winner. In todays day and age, you have players that are highly ranked across the country that have a sense of entitlement, and he does not. He remains very humble and very loyal to his state. With his choice to play at South Carolina, it shows the kind of love that he, along with the other guys, have for this University. For he and Justin, representing their state was something very important to them. Sindarius has a chance to be a special player in our program. He is another big guard, who can play the point guard position, as well as the two and three. He is the consummate winner; he defends, he rebounds and he is a great decision maker with the basketball.”