South Carolina basketball officially added six players this week, and the program also announced the departures of two others.
The Gamecocks announced their 2017 signing class Wednesday. Head coach Frank Martin also confirmed that senior forward Ran Tut and sophomore forward Sedee Keita were leaving the program. Keita played in 29 games last season, while Tut played in 12.
“After going through the spring and our end-of-year conversations, Sedee Keita and Ran Tut will not be part of our program moving forward,” Martin said in a release provided by the university. “I’d like to thank them for all of their efforts in a record-setting year.”
South Carolina’s recruiting class is headlined by guard David Beatty from Philadelphia. Beatty also had offers from Georgetown, Indiana and UConn, among others.
“[Beatty] is a multi-skilled guard that plays much bigger than his frame actually is,” Martin said. “He has played the point and small forward during his career. His ability to score and get to the foul line translate to college basketball.”
One of the other notable additions for South Carolina is graduate transfer Frank Booker from FAU.
Before playing for the Owls, Booker started his career at Oklahoma. He was a member of the Sooners’ 2014-2015 squad that reached the Sweet 16.
“Frank brings an unbelievable amount of experience to our locker room,” Martin said. “… He will fit in with our mindset and our quest to continue to build our program with NCAA Tournament expectations.”
2017 South Carolina basketball signees
- David Beatty, guard, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia)
- Frank Booker, guard, FAU (Boca Raton, Fla.)
- Ibrahim Doumbia, guard, Miami Country Day School (Miami)
- Felipe Haase, center, Miami Christian School (Miami)
- Jason Cudd, center, Socastee Hi (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
- Justin Minaya, forward, Old Tappan (Westwood, N.J.)