Basketball accolades continue with Martin’s Coach of the Year award
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And the hits keep comin’!
The Gamecocks added another postseason accolade to their trophy case on Tuesday when coach Frank Martin was announced as the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year.
Martin joins John Calipari, Dana Altman and Bob Huggins as winners of the prestigious award.
The accomplishments for Martin in 2016-17 speak for themselves…
“South Carolina advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 2004 this March, and posted its first NCAA Tournament win since 1973 in a 93-73 victory over Marquette in the event’s opening round in Greenville, S.C.,” reads the release from Gamecocks Online. “The Gamecocks went on to defeat three of the top four seeds in the East Region – No. 2 seed Duke, No. 3 Baylor and No. 4 Florida – en route to the East Regional title and the school’s first Final Four.”
With a historic season and surprising run to the Final Four in the books, it comes as no surprise that South Carolina has turned into a media darling.
Martin’s honor goes along with Sindarius Thornwell’s SEC Player of the Year award and the senior’s spot on the CBS All-America team.
Graduate transfer DE visiting early
Minnesota graduate transfer defensive end Gaelin Elmore has moved up his official visit to South Carolina.
Originally scheduled to arrive on campus next weekend, the 6-6 defensive end will now be coming to Columbia Sunday through Tuesday, a good sign for the Gamecocks.
Beyond the depth and experience factor, Elwood has an incredible story that could add character and leadership to a young locker room.
Top 10 for North Carolina’s No. 2
Five-star DE K.J. Henry released his latest Top 10 on Wednesday night…
— The KJ Henry (@ywd_ballislife) April 5, 2017
The No. 2 prospect in North Carolina for 2018 was on campus last weekend for the spring game, so to see the Gamecocks maintain Top-10 status is encouraging.
RELATED: South Carolina makes the top 10
The only Crystal Balls logged on 247Sports have Henry picking Clemson, but time will tell if South Carolina is able to improve its standing with the nation’s No. 20 overall prospect.
Gamecocks offer JUCO DE
The Gamecocks are clearly putting a lot of emphasis on the trenches in the 2018 cycle, offering JUCO DE Dorian Gerald on Wednesday.
A Florence, S.C. native, Gerald was clearly excited by the Gamecocks’ offer…
“My home wants me to come back home,” Gerald said. “That’s huge.”
South Carolina storms
Columbia saw some major, major flooding on Wednesday, particularly right around campus…
Whaley/Main Street is only getting worse. pic.twitter.com/gpGxPZQRHk
— DrinkingTicket ® (@DrinkingTicket) April 5, 2017
This was early afternoon, so I can only imagine how bad it got through the day. Stay safe out there, Gamecocks!
The rain didn’t stop country music star and South Carolina superfar Darius Rucker from making good on his promise to hold a free concert for USC fans after the football team made it to a bowl game.
From the looks of South Carolina Twitter, students made it out to Colonial Life Arena en masse to see the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer perform on his tremendous end zone-inspired stage.
— U of South Carolina (@UofSC) April 5, 2017
Rucker wasn’t the only one taking the stage on Wednesday night. Frank Martin and Dawn Staley joined in to lead the crowd in a raucous “Gamecocks” chance to kick off the show.
— Charles Bloom (@CharlesBloomSC) April 6, 2017
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— Ryan Fischer (@RyanFischerSC) April 5, 2017
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