SpursUp Surveillance is typically reserved for updates on the top South Carolina football recruits, but the Gamecocks are playing in the Final Four this weekend.
With that in mind, SEC Country sought out one of the top 2018 basketball prospects from the state to see what he had to say about what’s transpired over the last two weeks.
Wright talks Gamecocks
Three-star point guard Sharone Wright Jr. has offers from South Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State and Memphis.
South Carolina is the only school on his offer sheet that’s playing in the Final Four.
“It’s great. I’m happy for coach Frank (Martin) and the guys,” Wright said. “I like that all of the hard work is paying off for them.”
Wright (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) is listed on the 247Sports composite as the No. 4 overall player from the state of South Carolina in 2018. He and his father, a former Clemson player, were in Columbia last month for a game at Colonial Life Arena.
Junior is a junior at West Florence (S.C.) High School. Nationally, he’s ranked as the No. 31 point guard. He’s one of a handful of 2018 prospects Martin and the Gamecocks coaches have offered.
Their run to the Final Four has gotten his attention.
“I know the staff is a big part of the team,” Wright said. “They do a great job also with the players (and) it’s definitely showing on the court.”
South Carolina takes on Gonzaga on Saturday night. The winner advances to the national championship game on Monday, where it will meet North Carolina or Oregon.
“I hope to see (South Carolina) succeed later in the tournament and I wish them the best of luck,” Wright said.
With a pair of offensive linemen on board to sign with South Carolina in 2018 — LaMarius Benson and Hank Manos — the Gamecocks have three coming off the books after this season: D.J. Park, Alan Knott and Cory Helms. A fourth, junior guard Zack Bailey, will be eligible to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
From this vantage point, it appears that South Carolina’s 2018 offensive line haul will include at least one or two more prospects. We’re not quite ready to close the book on a third interior lineman since that’s where all four of the players on the current roster play.
Some of those targets include 3-star guards Dylan Wonnum (Tucker, Ga.), Warren Ericson (Suwanee, Ga.) and Ollie Lane (Corryton, Tenn.). All three have been on campus within the last couple of months.
Two of the more notable tackle targets are both 3-star prospects: Maxwell Iyama (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Jerome Carvin (Cordova, Tenn.). Iyama visited South Carolina last week and Carvin is scheduled to be on campus for the spring game.
2018 TE likes USC
Four-star athlete Gavin Schoenwald (6-5, 225) walked away impressed after both of his visits to South Carolina, the most recent of which was earlier this year for junior day.
Shoenwald, who’s listed as the No. 22 athlete in the Class of 2018, is being recruited by the Gamecocks as a tight end. He recently told Phil Kornblut that he could be back in Columbia this weekend for the spring game.
“Ever since my first visit there, me and my dad were really absolutely blown away by everything,” Schoenwald said. “I really try to envision myself spending four years of my life at a place, and South Carolina was checking all the boxes.
“I’d say definitely near, if not at the top, for sure, and they probably will be towards the end as well.”
Auburn, Duke, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are also receiving heavy interest from Schoenwald, who attends Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy.
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