Sheppard signs with USC

dcloninger@thestate.comMay 10, 2014 

Shamiek Sheppard

FISHBURNE MILITARY SCHOOL

Where next year’s roster stands
G Ty Johnson, Sr.
F Michael Carrera, Jr.
C Laimonas Chatkevicius, Jr.
G Austin Constable, Jr.
F Mindaugas Kacinas, Jr.
F Brian Steele, Jr.
F Demetrius Henry, So.
G Justin McKie, So.
G Duane Notice, So.
G Jaylen Shaw, So.
F Reggie Theus Jr., So.
G Sindarius Thornwell, So.
G TeMarcus Blanton, Fr.
F Shamiek Sheppard, Fr.
G Marcus Stroman, Fr.
Teams have 13 scholarships. Constable and Steele are walk-ons and do not count toward the limit.

The latest addition to South Carolina’s basketball team is already speaking like a three-year veteran.

“I’m very excited,” freshman forward Shamiek Sheppard said on Saturday. “I’m playing for a great coach, a great team, amazing fans. That’s just something I’ve been wishing for since I was a little kid.

“The plan is to really turn it around next year. I just plan on bringing energy. I’m not coming in looking to score all these many points, I’m coming in to be a basketball player, to do all the little things.”

Sheppard, the third member of Frank Martin’s third recruiting class, will be in Columbia on May 30 for orientation with his freshman teammates, Marcus Stroman and TeMarcus Blanton. They’ll start college on June 2 in the Summer I session, at which time the rest of the Gamecocks are expected to also be back on campus.

That’s where the growth begins. USC will have a full summer with its entire team for strength and conditioning work, plus individual instruction. The S.C. Pro-Am, pickup games with other college stars from across the country, will also be played over the two summer sessions.

Sheppard, who verbally committed to the Gamecocks in March, signed and sent his national letter-of-intent on Saturday. A scholarship opened when Desmond Ringer decided to transfer and Sheppard has filled it.

“I picked USC because of coach Martin himself,” Sheppard said. “When I first met him, he told me exactly what the type of person he was, how passionate he was about the game, how he puts players first. That really caught my eye.”

Sheppard is a 6-foot-6 wing, able to play inside and out. Originally from Brooklyn and having prepped at Fishburne (Va.) Military School, he picked USC over Kansas State.

Sheppard said that his best attributes include running the floor and being able to slash to the rim. His height and bulk (a listed 220 to 225 pounds) will help the Gamecocks, who struggled to hang in the paint against the SEC’s mass last season.

“I think I can fit in because Frank likes to play defense, to get out and run,” Sheppard said. “That’s my type of game.”

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