6-1 Jaylen Shaw of Hartsville followed up another large all star performance by landing another large offer. In mid March Shaw scored 24 points and earned SC MVP honors in the Carolina’s All Star Classic. That led to an offer from USC coach Frank Martin last week. Saturday in the City vs The State All Star Game, Shaw scored 36 points and was co-MVP for the State Team. That performance was followed Sunday by an offer from Clemson’s Brad Brownell. Brownell visited Shaw last week. Shaw also has offers from Tulane, Virginia Tech, Miami of Ohio, High Point and Coastal Carolina. He is publicly maintaining a no lean posture at this point and hopes to have a decision by the start of the spring signing period April 17TH.
USC basketball coach Frank Martin reached across the border into Canada to land his first commitment for the spring signing period Sunday night. 6-2 Duane Notice of Toronto picked the Gamecocks over Duquesne. Notice attends Thomas More Prep in Connecticut. Notice averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game this past season. “I’m a competitor,” Notice said Sunday night. “The opportunity resented a great challenge but my hunger is greater than the risk I’m taking. This is a reflection of the confidence my family has in me and I have in God and my work ethic.” Notice also had offers from Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Oregon State and Auburn. Notice primarily played the two guard position but can also play the point. As for what positive basketball attributes Notice expects to add to the Gamecock program, he cited ”leadership, hunger, positive energy, penetration, defensive toughness and explosive offense.” He will be at least the fifth newcomer for Martin next season joining three high school signees and a transfer who have already signed.
USC target 6-8 PF Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia said Saturday he will make his college declaration on April 24th. He added USC is still his leader. He visited USC last weekend. He was scheduled to visit Utah this weekend but did not make that trip and is not sure he will. He’s also scratched a scheduled visit to St. Bonaventure for next weekend. He will take visits to Seton Hall and Villanova on consecutive weekends in April before making his decision.
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL did not visit South Florida over the weekend but plans to reschedule the visit. He will also take a visit to Miami. He has visited USC and will announce his decision April 17th.
PG Dominique Hawkins of Richmond, KY was named his state’s Mr. Basketball Friday night. He did not follow that up with a college commitment announcement as many had forecast. Hawkins, who holds offers from USC and Purdue, is waiting on an offer from Kentucky. He met earlier in the week with Wildcats’ coach John Calipari but as of Friday night an offer had not been extended. The UK coach apparently is still sorting things out with his roster for next season. Hawkins will now wait until after his spring break this week before making a decision. He also has offers from Tennessee Tech, Morehead State and Western Kentucky, and Louisville has invited him to walk-on, but he is waiting on the word from Calipari before moving forward. With at least two players leaving the UK program, Hawkins is expected to receive one of those scholarships from Calipari.
6-6 Leroy Fludd and 6-3 Shadell Millinghaus of Believe Prep in Rock Hill will visit USC Tuesday according to their coach Tyson Waterman. USC has offered both, the only school to do so, and the two would like to attend the same school.
6-4 LJ Peak of Gaffney visited USC Saturday with Indians WR Shaq Davidson. Peak played this season in Chicago and is considering returning to Gaffney for his senior season. He is a target of the Gamecocks’ for the 2014 class. Florida State and Ohio State are two others which have been strong with him. Davidson continues to favor USC.
One of the top defensive back prospects in Texas revealed Sunday he had received an offer from Clemson recruiter Chad Morris. Arrion Springs of San Antonio wrote about the offer from the Tigers on Twitter. “Clemson does seem like an awesome place to play,” Springs tweeted. The Tigers join Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Baylor and Kansas and some of the offers for Springs. Last season he had 63 tackles with 4 interceptions.
Clemson TE target Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte made a stop by the campus on Friday as part of his tour of his final six. He’s also been to Notre Dame and Georgia and will see Ohio State, Ole Miss and Alabama before making his decision.
DL Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale recently released his top ten…Clemson, USC, Miami, Florida State, Florida, Arkansas, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee. The teams are in no particular order. Moten recently visited Miami.