COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman tight end Evan Hinson, who will double as a basketball player this winter, has made a good first-impression on South Carolina coach Frank Martin.
Hinson, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound freshman from Deltona, Fla., is focused on football until the season ends, though he does make it over to Colonial Life Arena a couple of times a week for basketball practice.
“He has athleticism, has an understanding how to play,” Martin said. “The first time he practiced with us, if he was open, he let that (shot) go. I like that in my players. I don’t like players that are bashful. I like guys that have an aggression to how they play. He definitely has that.”
His father, Denny Hinson, is the basketball coach at Deltona High School.
“His dad’s a coach, so he understands all the terminologies in basketball and things of that nature,” Martin said. “Obviously, when you live with a coach, you have no choice but to learn.”
For the Gamecocks basketball team, Hinson will play on the perimeter, though Martin wanted to be clear which sport will take priority.
“He’s here to play football,” Martin said. “He’s part of the ground-work to help Will build that foundation that they’re going to have that program going at and headed towards.”