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Four-star defensive end Curtis Fann Jr. is rated as the No. 27 prospect in Georgia for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

4-star DE on bond with South Carolina coaches; Gamecocks basketball receives major boost for 2018-19

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‘They offered me first’

Four-star defensive end and 2019 prospect Curtis Fann Jr. has a special connection with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

They offered me first,” Fann said. “Our relationship has always been good. It’s two hours away from my house, not far at all. That’s why I go so much. They offered me last year. It’s coach [Will] Muschamp and [offensive coordinator] coach [Bryan] McClendon.”

The 6-foot-2, 251-pound defensive lineman is rated as the No. 238 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite. Presently, he only has one official visit scheduled, a trip to Louisville on May 31.

Guess who’s back

South Carolina basketball forward Chris Silva withdrew from the NBA draft on Monday, announcing he’ll return to Columbia for his senior season.

“I’m thankful for the experience of going through the draft process,” Silva said in an official release from the university. “I want to thank all of the teams that gave me the opportunity to work out for their organization. I’m excited to announce that I’m returning to South Carolina for my senior season. I can’t wait to get back on the court with my brothers and continue to work on my game.”

The first-team All-SEC selection led the Gamecocks in points (14.3 per game) and rebounds (8.0 per game) last season.

Roster outlook

South Carolina’s football team currently has 82 players on scholarship, according to the latest unofficial count from SEC Country.

“Counted among the players on the team’s official roster are all three graduate transfer commitments: Texas A&M cornerback Nick Harvey, Rice safety J.T. Ibe and Kent State kicker Shane Hynes,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote.

The Gamecocks have room for three more players to meet the 85-scholarship limit.

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Growing list

Since South Carolina offered on May 1, junior college cornerback DJ Daniel has received scholarship offers from Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Tennessee and more.

“He said what he likes about me, what I would need to work on,” Daniel said of his conversation with South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson. “My length, my physicality to the sport. He likes me in press [coverage]. … He offered me on the phone, but he wanted to make it official when I heard from Coach Muschamp.”

The Griffin, Ga., native hopes to make a commitment before his sophomore season at Georgia Military College this fall.

Sin City superstar

Could former South Carolina star and Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson be the city’s first superstar athlete? The Ringer’s Michael Baumann thinks so.

“Wilson was an absolute superstar in college in every sense of the word and seemed immune to the pressures of the game’s biggest stage and the crushing expectations of a hometown hero,” Baumann wrote. “And in Las Vegas, she has the potential to become an even bigger name.”

After sweeping every national player of the year award in women’s college basketball last season, Wilson was picked No. 1 overall by the Aces in the 2018 WNBA Draft.

Keep climbing

After the South Carolina baseball team (32-22 overall, 17-13 SEC) won its fifth consecutive SEC series on Saturday, the Gamecocks are moving up in the college baseball polls.

South Carolina plays Missouri in the first round of the SEC Baseball Tournament on Tuesday night.

The Gamecocks won two of three against the Tigers in their three-game set earlier this month.

Got you covered

Check out some of the sweet recruiting pieces the Gamecocks mailed out to top recruiting targets earlier this week, courtesy of 4-star DE and 2019 prospect Savion Jackson on Twitter.

Jackson is rated as the No. 45 overall prospect and No. 3 strong-side defensive end for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

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