G Jerome Clyburn (6’1″, 180, JR transfer from Southern Miss / Santa Fe Community College)
F Chris Freeman (6’6″, 210, **)
G Herdie Lawrence (5’11”, no weight listed, **)
The Govs’ may only be losing one senior, but they’ve got three new pickups for next season. Clyburn played very few minutes at Southern Miss, and has recently recovered from broken bones in both feet. Lawrence is a smaller 2-guard that needs to transition to a combo guard to be more effective, although he already comes in as a pure 3-point shooting threat. Freeman is likely the best of the class, a smaller forward that was a great rebounder for Muhlenberg High School in Greenville, Kentucky. Freeman doesn’t have much range as a shooter.
G Malcom Herron (6’4″, 205, JUCO Transfer from Western Texas College)
G Darius Smith (6’2″, 183, JUCO Transfer from College of Southern Idaho)
F Josh Piper (6’8″, 225)
G Austin Akers (6’2″, 195 JUCO Transfer from Olney Central College)
F Morris Woods (6’3″, 190 JUCO FR Transfer from Moraine Valley Community College)
Let me be totally blunt; this is not a great class. Herron was a great prospect coming out of high school, and was a great 3-point shooter at Western Texas. Herron is rated as a top-60 JUCO prospect. Smith is a good defensive pickup for the Panthers; a strong point guard with quick hands, making over 3 steals a game last season. Piper probably won’t be making an early impact for the Panthers, despite a 19 PPG average his senior year. Akers is a more offensively minded point guard, and will have to battle with Herron for minutes. Woods has 3 years of eligibility remaining after a 19 PPG, 8 RPG campaign at Moraine Valley C.C.
F Eric Stutz (6’8″, 210)
F Timmy Knipp (6’7″, 185, *)
G Robbie Stenzel (6’4″ 175, **)
G D’Mitri Riggs (6’2″, 175, Transfer from Wabash Valley College)
The Colonels were busy during the winter recruiting season, adding 3 of their 4 new recruits in November. And you’ll quickly notice a theme amongst them. Stenzel is the best of the group, a 1,500 plus point scorer in high school. Knipp is a strong shooter who has good size but might be lacking in strength for a forward. Riggs was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school, and is another great shooter for Jeff Neubauer’s squad. He’ll battle for minutes with Stutz, a strong, you guessed it, scorer for Castle High in Indiana.
A thanks to “Semofans” for emailing recruiting information for the Gamecocks.
F Ronnie Boggs (6’4″ – JUCO Transfer from Moberly Community College)
F Tarvin Gaines (6’7″ – JUCO Transfer from Lawson St. Community College)
G Mason Leggett (6’1″ – JUCO Transfer Southeastern Community College)
C Rinaldo Mafra (6’8″ – JUCO Transfer from Southeastern Community College)
The good news for the Gamecocks isn’t listed above. It’s the 13 returning players this season. Boggs is a smaller guard with good range, shooting over 35% from 3-point range last season. Gaines is a solid rebounder, and a capable scorer. Neither Leggett nor Mafra posted great stats (7 ppg each, 5 rpg for Mafra) last season.