South Carolina Men’s Basketball Coach Frank Martin addressed the media on Wednesday to address where his roster sits going into the final week of the basketball signing period.
As his roster currently sits, the Gamecocks have 11 of their 13 scholarship spots filled after the adding three incoming freshmen and one player in the graduate transfer market. South Carolina suffered major defections including the graduation of Wesley Myers and Frank Booker and the departures of Kory Holden, Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia, Khadim Gueye, David Beatty and Rakym Felder.
The case of Felder proved to be most compelling, as he provided a natural fit at a position of need for the Gamecocks, but Martin said there were things Felder did not do off the court to satisfy keeping him on the team:
Martin on Rakym Felder
South Carolina has two players currently testing the NBA Draft process, with Chris Silva attending workouts with the Brooklyn Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Brian Bowen will attend the NBA Draft Combine on May 16th.
Both players have until May 30th to decide to stay in the draft or return to school, but Bowen is not likely to know the status of his NCAA eligibility by then.
Martin believes that Bowen wants to play for the Gamecocks if the NCAA will allow him to do so:
Martin on Brian Bowen
South Carolina’s three confirmed freshmen (Jermaine Cousinard, TJ Moss & Alanzo Frink) have all signed their letters of intent to play with the Gamecocks. USC also received a commitment earlier this week from graduate-transfer point guard Tre Campbell from Georgetown, but Martin cannot speak about him until he signs his transfer papers.
Martin spoke about the status of his roster below:
Martin on state of the roster
The Gamecocks have until May 16th to add freshmen players via the regular signing period, but can add transfers through the summer.