South Carolina's basketball teams signed three players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
Damien Leonard (G, 6-5, J.L. Mann) and Anthony Gill (F, 6-8, 210, Charlotte Christian School) signed with the Gamecocks and will join the men’s basketball squad beginning with the 2011-12 season.
"These two additions to our roster represent a class that will continue to make us better as a team," Horn said. "Our goals at South Carolina are to compete at the highest level, and both Damien and Anthony will add talent and athletic ability to our team as we continue to build our program here at South Carolina."
Elem Ibiam (6-3, Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County) signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks. She will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.
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Four-star prospect, No. 99 overall and No. 29 shooting guard according to ESPN.com Four-star position prospect, No. 24 shooting guard according to Scout.com Four-star prospect, No. 86 overall and No. 22 shooting guard according to Rivals.com Averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a junior One of the premier shooters in the country Drew attention from Arizona, Texas, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech Chose South Carolina over Clemson and Oklahoma State.
Horn on Leonard: "Damien is an excellent outside shooter, and he will thrive in our system because of his ability around the perimeter. As a staff, it is one of our top priorities in recruiting to sign the top players in the state of South Carolina, and with Damien, we were able to do that."
AAU Coach Willis Holliday on Leonard: "Damien is really excited about signing with the Gamecocks. The recruiting process was a long one for him, and he felt, at the end of the day, South Carolina was the best place for him. Representing the state school and helping them build a championship program is something that he is looking forward to. He already has great relationships with the players on the team, as well as the staff. I am looking forward to watching him play for Darrin Horn."
Four-star position rating, No. 74 overall and No. 17 forward according to Scout.com Four-star position prospect, No. 81 overall and No. 15 forward according to ESPN.com No. 28 power forward and Top 150 player overall according to Rivals.com Averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 1 steal during junior season An excellent rebounder and consistent performer underneath the basket as well as outside A CISAA/NCISAA All-Conference and all-state performer during prep career Former AAU teammate of current South Carolina student-athleteBrian Richardson Choose South Carolina over Virginia and Wake Forest.
Horn on Gill: "Anthony comes from an outstanding high school program at Charlotte Christian and will bring great versatility to our team. He is an excellent rebounder and will bring a different element to our lineup than any player we currently have on our roster. He is a high-character young man, and we as a staff think he is one of the most underrated players in the country. Anthony’s best basketball is ahead of him."
Charlotte Christian Head Coach Shonn Brown on Gill: "Anthony Gill is a special young man uniquely gifted by God. Charlotte Christian is extremely proud of Anthony and this great accomplishment of earning a basketball scholarship to South Carolina. Anthony is very skilled. He is one of the best finishers that I have had the privilege of coaching. He is physical, and he can score the basketball inside and out. Anthony is an ambassador of the game, and he has a solid Christian faith. We celebrate this great moment for Anthony, knowing that he will impact the culture for Christ by using his basketball talents to the glory of God."
The 6-foot-3 Ibiam is rated among the top 15 post players in the 2011 class by ESPN HoopGurlz and is the overall No. 57 recruit in the class according to Blue Star Basketball. Her 7.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a junior earned her a spot on the All-Metro Southside Second Team as named by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She was named first-team All-Fayette County by the Fayette County News as well, helping her team to a fourth-straight Sweet 16 appearance in the state tournament.
Staley on Ibiam: "We are so pleased Elem is joining our Gamecock family. She will provide much needed help in the post. Her size and ability instantly makes us better."