It was a little surprising to hear Anthony Gill -- USC’s 6-foot-8, 240-pound freshman -- say last week that he might play some at small forward and work from the perimeter.
But that’s part of the approach coach Darrin Horn said his staff will use this year.
“When we look back and evaluate last year, probably one of mistakes that was made was continuing to hope that some things that we had some individuals doing was going to improve. That did not happen,” he said “So we are kind of taking a step back from the get-go and looking from a personnel standpoint, and seeing how do we utilize these guys.”
That means using the best players on the team and putting them in roles where they will succeed. So if Gill is best suited to face up the basket right now, that’s how the Gamecocks will use him.
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Walk this way: Horn said he has not decided if he will add walk-ons this season. USC has three open scholarships heading into the 2011-12 season. The team had to open spots this past year.
One reason Horn could wait: Adding last season’s leading scorer, Bruce Ellington, after he’s finished with football is like bringing in a scholarship player, he said. The point guard will be a walk-on since his scholarship transferred to football.
Another reason is that Horn said he would not add players unless he finds the right fit for his team. He won’t add players just to fill out a roster.
Injury updates: The three players hobbled this summer are progressing, Horn said. Forward Damontre Harris (knee surgery) is back on the court. Forwards Malik Cooke (dislocated ankle) and Lakeem Jackson (ankle surgery) are out of casts and in boots. They should be ready in time for fall practice in October.
Transfer updates: Guard Ramon Galloway said on his Facebook page this week that he won an NCAA appeal that allows him to play right away at La Salle in his hometown of Philadelphia. Forward Murphy Holloway said he’s still awaiting word on his appeal to play this year at Mississippi. Guard Stephen Spinella landed at Monmouth University about 10 miles from his New Jersey home.