COLUMBIA, S.C. — Evan Hinson’s freshman football season at South Carolina has come to an end. Now Hinson is a full-time basketball player for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Hinson, a freshman forward, has been with the basketball team consistently.
“I really think he’s going to help us, I really do,” Martin said. “As crazy as it is, he picks up what we do pretty quickly. He’s got an ability to score. He’s got an athleticism about him.”
Hinson, who redshirted as a tight end with the football team in the fall, practiced with both teams in November. At that time, practices worked out where the football team was working in the morning and the basketball team in the afternoon. Through bowl prep in December, the schedule was more in conflict, and Hinson was focused on football through the Christmas break.
But now he’s all basketball, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound forward.
“He’s very quiet, but he plays football,” Martin said. “That’s why I love football. You can’t showboat too much because when you go across the middle, they don’t forget that stuff. You’re going to get your head knocked off. He’s got that about him. I really, really think he’s going to end up helping us.
“He’s gotta put his arms around everything that we do. The easiest thing to do is to run a play to get a guy a shot. The hardest thing to do is get a guy to understand offensive and defensive structures.”
Hinson signed with the Gamecocks out of Deltona, Fla., where he was a two-sport star. He averaged 23.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists as a junior, being named the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s player of the year.
Will Muschamp said in the fall he thinks Hinson has a good future ahead of him on the football field as well.
“We are excited about what we have and the future at the position,” Muschamp said. “Those guys fit what we want at the position.”