South Carolina men’s basketball has its first commitment in the 2018 recruiting class.
Jermaine Couisnard, a three-star guard taking a post-grad year at Montverde Academy in Florida, announced his pledge to the Gamecocks on Saturday.
“During my recruitment,” Couisnard said in a statement, “there were two things I was looking for: Trustworthy coaches and the opportunity to be an impact player.
“(South Carolina assistant coach) Chuck Martin recruited me, and unlike many other coaches, he made me a priority. It was just different, and I knew that he genuinely cared about my career. In my discussion with (USC head coach) Frank Martin, and after watching the team play, I knew South Carolina was a perfect fit. I trust coach Frank Martin with my career, and he trusts me to be a player on his team.”
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Couisnard, who played four years of high school ball outside Chicago, has been a late riser on the recruiting scene. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder took an official visit to USC for the Missouri game on Jan. 3, and has since received scholarship offers from the likes of Louisville, Virginia Tech and Illinois. Kansas, Ohio State and West Virginia count among other programs that have expressed interest in Couisnard.
WVU coach Bob Huggins visited Couisnard this week.
Couisnard averaged 29.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists during his senior season at East Chicago Central High School. He’s averaging 23 points, six assists and seven rebounds for Montverde this season.
Johnnie Glover, Couisnard’s uncle who joined his nephew for the Columbia visit, recently told The State that Carolina has stayed in constant communication with Couisnard for the better part of the past month.
Chuck Martin served as Couisnard’s main recruiter.
“Chuck Martin has stated Jermaine is a five-star recruit,” Glover said, “he’s just late as far as the recruitment and that type of stuff goes.”
Couisnard’s pledge comes on the heels of five-star target Zion Williamson choosing Duke.