While three scholarships remain to be filled for the upcoming basketball season, USC picked up its first commitment for next season’s recruiting class on Friday.
Hartsville PG 6-2 Trae Hannibal pledged his verbal commitment to the Gamecocks on Twitter, giving USC its first inroad into a 2019 class that’s loaded with highly-touted in-state prospects.
Blessed and highly favored 🙏🏾COMMITTED📌‼ pic.twitter.com/5vZDlWPND8
— T (@_Clutch_9) June 1, 2018
USC offered Hannibal on an unofficial visit May 15th, and was recruited mainly by USC assistant Coach Chuck Martin.
“I’ve seen some other colleges and their facilities and stuff like that, but the family thing stood out with me with USC, and the loyalty,” Hannibal said. “The mentality that they have, that’s the same mentality that I have.”
Hannibal also liked the approach Gamecock head coach Frank Martin used in his recruiting.
“He told me that I just don’t know how great of a ballplayer I can be, so I’ll come in and work hard everyday,” he said. “And he was saying he knows I’m great offensively but he said I just don’t know how great I can be defensively now.”
Hannibal scored 17 points per game as a junior, grabbed 8 rebounds per contest and dished out six assists per game last season. He picked South Carolina over offers from Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, South Carolina State, Stetson, Western Carolina and Oklahoma State.