Gamecocks out front for Sheppard after visit

February 7, 2014 

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

6-6 Shamiek Sheppard of Fishburne Prep, VA said Friday afternoon he now favors USC after taking an official visit with the Gamecocks Wednesday thru Friday. Sheppard said he plans to make a final decision by the end of February.

“It was a great experience, a beautiful campus and the fans are just phenomenal,” said Sheppard who is a native of New York City. “The coaching staff is just wonderful. They really care and support their players.”

Sheppard attended USC’s game with Auburn Wednesday night and got a good look at the coaching style of Frank Martin.

“Going to the game and seeing him in action and in practice, coach Martin wants players who are ready to play hard and bring the toughness to the table. Players that actually get after it in everything they do and that’s something that connects to me very well.”

Sheppard said he has not other visits planned and that’s something his coach handles, and he’s not aware of any other offers. His coach said he has also has another SEC offer and some Big 12 offers.

Sheppard is averaging over 17 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.

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