USC basketball coach Frank Martin held court Monday afternoon at his home court, Colonial Life Arena, to preview the upcoming basketball season. The Gamecocks, two years removed from a Final Four run, are an interesting mix of seven returning players, including footballer Evan Hinson, and eight newcomers, including transfer guard Jair Bolden who has to sit out the season. Martin touched on all aspects of his team from Chris Silva to his point guards.
Some of Martin’s key comments:
- “Cousinard’s status is not a decision I’m in control of, if I find anything out, it’s out of my control. If he was a non-qualifier he would have never been admitted to school. He’s been practicing, there’s still an issue there “from an academic standpoint that is being dealt with.”
- Tre Campbell rolled his ankle last week, hasn’t practiced in a week, hope to get him back by the end of the week.
- Playing Gravett off the ball more, he plays freer that way. “Feel a lot better having Tre at the point than I did last year.” TJ Moss and AJ Lawson can also handle the point as well.
- “Roster turnover is not unique to our program. It’s a cultural thing that starts at the grass roots level and has leaked into college basketball.”
- “Justin Minaya is in a much better place now. Felipe Haase is also there, his body is completely different than it was when he got here. He understands the physicality he has to play with.”
- Biggest barrier to Chris Silva’s success has been staying on the floor; “I told him everything doesn’t have to be a “fist-fight”, that’s his next progression as a player.”
- Alanzo Frink had a knee procedure last week, he’s walking, no crutches. Optimistic it won’t be a lingering thing. Conservatively 3-4 weeks, but might be 5-6.
Frank Martin on his 8 newcomers and developments at point guard
Martin talks about Chris Silva and his step up to the next level
Martin says Hassani Gravett will settle in at the two-guard spot
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