Men's Basketball Gaining Recognition

Men's Basketball Gaining Recognition

South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin will be taking his talents overseas and has been busy in his recruiting game, as well.

The University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin, senior point guard Tyrone Johnson, and sophomore guard Sindarius Thornwell will all take part in the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Europe this August as part of Guy Rancourt's USA East Coast Basketball Team.

Martin will serve on the staff, while Thornwell and Johnson will make up part of the 10-man roster.

The team will travel to Europe and compete against foreign national teams consisting of NBA players and Euro-League all stars.

1908 stands as the first year of men's basketball at South Carolina, and Martin poses as the 32nd coach in the program's history.

Last season, the team finished off 14-20 overall falling to Tennessee in the SEC Quarterfinals.

South Carolina's last NCAA appearance was in 2004, when they took a loss to top-ranked Memphis. Now receiving national recognition with the overseas play, it seems this team is building its way to the top.

The Gamecocks have been on the ball extending offers to many top recruits across the United States and has been in contact with a few others. Growing the program is one credential that will be very influential to the South Carolina men's league.

Luckily, the garnet and black won't have to look far because top prospects reside right in their backyard. Let's take a look at these South Carolina-natives.


Tevin Mack


Talking close prospects, Mack is a Columbia-native. This weekend, Mack will be attending a camp at USC along with the rest of his Dreher teammates. As a junior, he averaged 24-points, seven rebounds, and a blocked shot.

The Gamecocks have not yet offered Mack, but have certainly been in contact.

A 4-star small forward, Mack has offers from Auburn, Georgia, Houston, Mississippi State, Clemson, East Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech.

The 6-foot-6, 190 pound prospect doesn't plan on committing soon, he'll be on visits and weighing out his elite options.

Scout has Mack ranked as the 60th overall prospect in the nation.


Perry Dozier


Spring Valley High School shooting guard Perry Dozier stands at 6-foot-6, 185 pounds. This Columbia-native is a Scout 4-star prospect and known for his versatility, passing, and ball-handling skills He is currently ranked as the No. 51 overall player and No. 14 at the shooting guard position.

Dozier has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Kansas, Indiana, Georgia Tech, and Georgetown.


DeRiante Jenkins


Another South Carolina-native, Jenkins does not hold an offer from the Palmetto State just yet. The 6-foot-5,175 pound guard is one of the state's top prospects. The all-star helped guide the Santee (S.C.)-based Lake Marion High School to a state championship two season ago.

Clemson, Charleston Southern, Winthrop, Jacksonville, Radford, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, and South Carolina have all in touch with the top-prospect.


Scout.com and GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the latest basketball recruiting scoop throughout the year.

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