Height/weight: 6-4, 192
Class: True freshman
Hometown: Greenville, S.C. (J.L. Mann High School)
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Last year: Averaged 22.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a senior (averaged 42 percent from 3-point range)
More to know: Known for his unwavering confidence and willingness to keep shooting, he will wear No. 32 for the Gamecocks. He chose South Carolina over Clemson and Oklahoma State. Leonard was a four-star prospect and was rated the nation's 22nd to 29th best shooting guard prospect among major recruiting services.
Expected role: Leonard will compete with sophomore Brian Richardson to be the team's starting shooting guard. will vie for starting shooting guard.
How do you feel finally wearing that USC jersey?
When we first got the jerseys, I just looked at the back wiith my name on it and stared for a minute. I thought about what I'm going to do when I get out there. I can't wait for the first game.
When did you start to become such a good shooter?
Middle school. My dad taught me. He would take me to the park every day. The shots that hit the rim and still went in, he wouldn't count. I tried to make it all net every time and improve my shot.
What has coach Horn told you about having the green light to shoot?
He just told me to never lose my confidence.
You are known as a shooter. What else do you do well that folks don't talk as much about?
I'm a good passer and like to get my team involved. I'm a hard worker. I'm here to work hard. I know it wasn't easy getting here. I can't stop now.
Talk about your two fellow freshmmen, Brenton Williams and Anthony Gill.
Brenton is fast. He plays D and can shoot off the dribble and going to the hole. He can do it all. A.G. is strong. He never stops. He's going to the glass every time. I would hate to guard him.
Talk about your friendly competition with fellow shooter Brenton in workouts.
We try to see who can make the most and whose shot is all-net without hitting the rim. We have fun with it.
How nice is it to play close to home?
It's very special. Everybody gets to see me play and it's not that far from home.
During the turmoil in the spring with players leaving, coach Horn paid you a visit. How did that go?
I didn't listen to what people said. I knew everything was a big lie and a big rumor. I really trust Coach Horn.
Remind people why you chose South Carolina.
On my visits they made me feel like family here and the coaches made me feel like a son. And it's never changed since I got here.