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South Carolina adds seventh member to 2013 recruiting class

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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.

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Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student

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Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.