Brenton Williams -- he says friends call him B -- has signed a letter-of-intent with South Carolina to bolster its depleted group of guards.
"Brenton is an athletic guard who has a great ability to make shots. He will fit in well with how we want to play," USC head coach Darrin Horn said today.
Here's some quick shots about what Williams faces and what could happen next for USC hoops:
Williams will be tested
Size could be a challenge for Williams, a 5-foot-11, 170 pound Kissimmee, Fla., native. He weighs 30 pounds less than Bruce Ellington and is three inches shorter than Ramon Galloway -- the two guards he will help replace.
Williams will need to use his quickness to get off his shots and dominate on defense. He also will need to find a way to avoid hitting the physical and mental wall of a grueling SEC season that hurt last season's squad.
The team remains young
Williams played a half-season of junior college ball, so while he'll be a sophomore, he's more like another high school prospect for the Gamecocks. They already have two high school recruits joining the team next season.
USC will have eight freshmen and sophomores on scholarship and just two upperclassmen. The team had three upperclassmen on last season's 14-16 squad. And for a second season, South Carolina will have nine years of combined Division I experience among scholarship players.
More frontcourt help is needed
Williams takes care of the need for a point guard to back up Eric Smith with Ellington heading to the gridiron. But the team could use another big man to make up for the loss of power forward Murphy Holloway. Horn has been non-committal about playing 6-foot-10 project Carlton Geathers next season.
That leaves USC with returnees Damontre Harris and R.J. Slawson and newcomer Anthony Gill who have the size to play power forward or center. The team has three scholarships and another four weeks left in the siging period to find help in the paint.