David Cloninger

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USC men's basketball: 5 things to expect this season

09/20/2013 6:00 PM

09/20/2013 11:40 AM

The Gamecocks will play 31 games this season, starting with the season opener at home against Longwood on Nov. 9. A quick look at what to expect in 2013-14.

Scorecard check

With eight newcomers (seven freshmen and transfer, Ty Johnson), there will be lots of glancing to match names, numbers and faces when the Gamecocks play at home.

Mr. Energy

Michael Carrera will rebound, block shots and stick put-backs. He’ll also act as his own towel boy, sometimes drying wet spots on the floor. He’s the Gamecocks’ heart.

Revolving point

With Ty Johnson out until mid-December and Bruce Ellington playing football, USC won’t have an established point guard early in the season. Duane Notice, Jaylen Shaw and Sindarius Thornwell will get a chance.

What's he doing?

Many fans will wonder why 6-foot-9 freshman Demetrius Henry is shooting from the wings and not pounding inside. Simple – it’s not his game. He’s tall, but he has a great jump shot.


Justin McKie is not his dad, career leading scorer BJ McKie. Don’t expect him to be the lethal points-producer his father was. Justin plays multiple positions, tough defense and scores if needed.

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