South Carolina is among the final four schools for Brandon Stone.
The 6-foot-11 forward trimmed his list Tuesday to USC, Pittsburgh, Duquesne and Penn State. Stone, a junior at the Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, is still deciding on whether to reclassify to the 2018 class. The Gamecocks have one ‘18 commitment -- three-star guard Jermaine Couisnard.
Stone is a western Pennsylvania native.
“South Carolina, you can’t get much better than Frank Martin,” Stone told reporters following a game with York Prep on Feb. 2. “He’s going to help you develop and he makes guys pros. I love the way he coaches. The coaching staff’s unbelievable. (Graduate assistant coach) Brian Steele, Frank Martin said he’s going to make a wonderful head coach one day. He’s a Pittsburgh guy, too, so I have a good relationship with him.”
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Stone’s main USC recruiter is assistant coach Chuck Martin.
“The reason why Chuck Martin loved me so much is because I can step out and shoot the ball, so they’re gonna let me play my game,” Stone said.
Stone, listed at 195 pounds, has admitted adding weight is a high priority for his future. He compares to Maik Kotsar, Carolina’s 6-10, 260-pound sophomore forward.
“They think I fit in really well,” Stone said. “Right now, Maik Kotsar can step out and hit the mid-range jumper. But I think getting another big man who can step out and space the floor more is going to help out.”
Stone is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals. He’s averaging 15.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game this season for the Christ School.
“He’s so dynamic,” said Christ School coach Jeff Depelteau said. “He loves the comparison of (New York Knicks all-star 7-footer) Kristaps Porzingis, which I think anybody would like that, right? But I think he’s just really dynamic because he’s going to stretch the floor with his ability to shoot the ball.
“He can already put the ball on the deck pretty well. I think if he really focused on his ball-handling he could transition to being a wing player. But as of right now he can instantly affect the game because he’s a ball-hawk. He can go and rebound. He can make plays inside.
“But he’s only going to keep getting better.”