On Wednesday at SEC Media Day, the South Carolina basketball team was picked to finish 11th in the league.
Two starters are back from last season’s Final Four squad, Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar
Silva, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, averaged 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season. Kotsar, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Gamecocks in 2016-17.
Junior Hassani Gravett is the only returning guard with experience playing for Frank Martin’s Gamecocks. But they do have a number of transfers who will help fill out the backcourt, including former Delaware standout Kory Holden, who sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules.
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Graduate transfers Frank Booker (Oklahoma/FAU) and Wesley Myers (Niagara/Maine) will help provide instant stability.
South Carolina certainly needs the help, following the departures of key guards Sindarius Thornwell, P.J. Dozier, Duane Notice, Justin McKie and Rakym Felder, who was suspended indefinitely earlier this summer.
The complete preseason media poll is listed below.
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