SOUTH CAROLINA coach Darrin Horn tried out about 15 potential walk-ons Wednesday but did not announce if any would-be Gamecocks made the 2011-12 squad.
USC’s roster could use help heading into the season.
The team has 10 scholarship players, though last year’s leading scorer Bruce Ellington plans to return after football season. The Gamecocks had 13 players who could practice last season.
Horn could add one or two walk-ons to help during practice, but they are not expected to dress for games.
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The coach inherited two walk-ons who dressed for games when he arrived in Columbia in 2008 — Branden Conrad and Robert Wilder. Horn soon gave them scholarships.
The Gamecocks have not had a walk-on since.
No dice on Brice?
South Carolina’s top hoops recruit does not sound like a guy who plans to stay home.
Brice Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Orangeburg County, told recruiting analysts this week that his favorite schools are North Carolina, Florida and North Carolina State.
He has visited the Tobacco Road schools this month and is headed to Gainesville on Saturday.
That leaves out South Carolina and Clemson.
His AAU coach, Dion Bethea, insists in-state schools remain in the picture and will get official visits: “We’re working on that now.”
In the meantime, USC is bringing in 6-foot-10 forward Ty Haughton from Miami to visit campus this weekend.
The Gamecocks could use height on the roster, having four players 6-foot-8 and above — tied for fewest in the SEC.
Seventh in eighth
Having an eighth-grader visit a college campus is uncommon but not as rare as it used to be, said veteran basketball analyst Biob Gibbons. South Carolina invited eighth-grader Seventh Woods of Columbia this past weekend.
“There’s still five years of development left,” Gibbons said. “A lot can happen. But this is a promising prospect and a local kid.”
Woods, a middle schooler, attended practice and the football game with some of the state’s top high school prospects.
“It had to make him feel pretty special to be there,” Gibbons said.