South Carolina and men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced the seventh member of its 2013 recruiting class on Friday as in-state guard Jaylen Shaw officially signed with the Gamecocks.
The 6-1 Shaw will have four years of eligibility and helped lead Hartsville High School to back-to-back high school state championships in South Carolina, including the 2013 state championship game which saw Shaw go for 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
“We’re excited about Jaylen Shaw. The young man is an ultimate competitor. He’s proven that he’s a winner by getting back-to-back state championships. We are excited about the athleticism and skill that he brings to our team,” Martin said.
Shaw is considered a three-star recruit according to Rivals and is South Carolina’s seventh recruit overall for the 2013 class. Shaw joins 6-9 forward Demetrius Henry, 6-2 guard Duane Notice and 6-6 forward Reggie Theus Jr. as the fourth member to sign this spring. Two fellow South Carolina natives — 6-4 Justin McKie and 6-5 Sindarius Thornwell — signed with the Gamecocks earlier in the fall and join 6-9 center Desmond Ringer and Villanova transfer Tyrone Johnson to round out the seven-man class.
With the addition of this seven-man class, Martin — in a little over one year at the helm in South Carolina — has quickly turned over much of the roster with players he’s recruited. The former Kansas State coach also added four spring signees last year after accepting the South Carolina job in late March — although only 6-11 center Laimonas Chatkevicius and 6-7 forward Mindaugas Kacinas played for the Gamecocks last season among the four spring signees.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.