The first four commitments of the Frank Martin era showed that his staff will go anywhere to recruit basketball talent to South Carolina.
The Gamecocks four pledges Thursday and Friday have connections to Lithuania, Kansas, Connecticut, New York and North Carolina.
Hes going to recruit from all over, said Eric Bossi, national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals. At Kansas State, its not like you could fill a roster with all local kids.
With the Wildcats, Martin recruited in New York City, Chicago, Texas, Florida and Washington, D.C. Expect more of the same at South Carolina, Bossi said.
Theyre not one of those staffs that says, Theyre too far away for us to get them, Bossi said. Thats not going to deter them at all.
The staff also will look to lock up the top instate talent, Bossi said, starting with class of 2013 standouts Sindarius Thorwell (guard, Lancaster), Matt Howard (guard, A.C. Flora) and class of 2014 star L.J. Peak (forward, Gaffney).
Martin had five scholarships available for the upcoming season with the expected departures of two of Darrin Horns top recruits from last season, Anthony Gill and Damontre Harris.
Horn had already signed Tyrone Haughton, a 6-9 power forward from Miami.
Heres what Bossi had to say about Martins first four commitments.
Guard/Wing, 6-foot-5, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bossis take: Hes a thin wing who is pretty quick, fairly athletic. Hes one of those guys who is wired to get buckets. Hes not the most pure shooter. Hes not the thickest athlete on the floor. Hes just got a good feel for finding ways to get to the rim and hitting shots at opportune times. Theres a difference between a shooter and a scorer. Hes a scorer. Hes going to need to get stronger. Hes pretty slender. Hes got a chance to develop into a pretty good scorer. Hell probably play shooting guard and small forward.
Minda KacinasForward, 6-foot-8, Lithuania/Word of Life Academy in Wichita, Kansas
Bossis take: He is a guy who likes to face up the basket. He can really shoot the ball. Hes skilled. He can play a little bit at the small forward or the power forward. He stretches defenses with his shooting. Hes getting stronger. Youll find with all Frank Martin recruits, theyre all generally pretty tough. Hes another tough-minded kid. Hes still adjusting to the making the move to the states. Hes been dealing with the language barrier. Hes a kid theyve had stashed away for awhile and have been waiting to pull the trigger on him.
Center, 7-feet, 245 pounds; Lithuania/South Kent Prep in Connecticut
Bossis take: Hes a very big man. Hes not a high-flying athlete. This is not Damontre Harris. This is a totally different kind of big man. Hes a physical grinder who likes to mix it up in the lane. Hes a very good rebounder. Hes developing offensively. Hes still got some room to grow there, improve his shooting and improve his footwork around the basket. When I saw him this winter with his prep school, I really though he had made significant strides as a player, even from where he was just a few months before that in the summer. I know theyre really excited about him. They think he could end up being a really good player. His skill will need to get better, but physically hes ready to grind and compete right away.
Guard, 6-foot-3, New York/Queen City Prep, N.C.
Bossis take: I dont know as much about him. Hes kind of an under-the-radar guy. I know theyre pretty high on him. They feel like hes going to be a good player. Hes quick, aggressive, tough and gets to the rim.