Posted: 11:53 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
The Gamecock basketball program also had a successful weekend, reeling in top 250 recruit TeMarcus Blanton from Locust Grove, Georgia. The 6-4 small forward is the second commitment of the 2014 class, joining on again, off again member Marcus Stroman. The two combine to give Carolina two top 250 recruits thus far for the cycle, and if they all stick around, it means that the Gamecocks will field at least six freshmen or sophomores that were top 250 in their respective years in the 2014-15 season (Thornwell, Henry, Ringer, and Chatkevicius from the '13 class).
That's the makings of a strong squad, and when you add in overachiever Michael Carrera, leads me to think that the Frank Martin era could start to take off in year 3. Of course, all of these commitments will need to stick, and things could certainly get better by either bringing in additional talent, or by seeing one of the other 2013 recruits step up and play like Carrera did in his first year in Columbia. But even if the class stopped here, bringing in an average of three top 250 guys per year will move this program from bottom-feeder to at least above-average in the SEC, and that's a step well worth celebrating.
So it's yet another reason it was a good weekend to be a Gamecock. Hats off to Martin and staff for snagging another important piece to the puzzle they're trying to solve here in Columbia.