It’s year two for Lamont Paris as men’s basketball coach at South Carolina, and though he appreciated everything his players gave him last season, he knows the second year in a new program stands to be much smoother and, he expects, more successful.
The Gamecocks were 11-21 last season, 4-14 in the SEC. They averaged 64 points per game which was 339th nationally out of 363 programs. Gone from that team are three of the top four scorers in GG Jackson, Hayden Brown and Chico Carter. They combined to average half of the Gamecocks scoring output per game.
Yet, Paris feels very upbeat about the season with the veterans returning and what he believes is a talented group of newcomers.
The Gamecocks staged a media day Thursday at the Colonial Life Arena and Paris shared his feelings about why he feels year two at USC will be much better than year one.