While USC fans at the football game Saturday night were buzzing over the unofficial visit by Zion Williamson, Frank Martin and his staff also were hosting another important prospect on an official visit in 6-7 Jericole Hellems of St. Louis. Hellems also has taken an official visit to NC State.
“The university was great and the people are great, and of course the players and all that were great,” Hellems said. “What stood out was the family spirit the Gamecocks have and the bonds that are created after people graduate or go to the next level. Coach tells me he likes my passion and how hard I play and that I love to win. I know Coach Martin is a great coach and he also likes to win. It was a great experience, just fun, and I enjoyed myself.”
Hellems also has on his short list NC State, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Florida. He did not want to disclose any other official visits he plans to make. He said Martin has been out to see him for an in-home visit.
Last season Hellems averaged 22 points per game.