South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin added another big piece to his program Thursday when he signed 6-foot-10 stretch forward Felipe Haase.
Haase, who is from Chile, attends Miami Christian School in Florida.
“I’m very excited to sign my Letter of Intent today with South Carolina,” Haase said in a statement released by Miami Christian. “It’s been a longtime dream of mine to play NCAA college basketball.”
He joins Jason Cudd (7-1) and Ibrahim Doumbia (6-7) as early period signees for the Gamecocks. South Carolina has confirmed Haase and Cudd as signees.
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Haase took official visits to USC, Purdue, Missouri and Pittsburgh. USC got the final official visit last weekend and he left there highly impressed with Martin, the school and the program, according to his AAU coach Art Alvarez.
“This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever been around,” Alvarez said. “Our program has sent over 150 kids to Division 1 programs for over a decade plus. He also felt he can come in and play right away as a freshman for the Gamecocks.”
Haase is considered a skilled power forward with small forward skills, Alvarez said.
“He has great footwork, he can throw his back towards the basket, he can face up,” Alvarez said. “He has great passing ability and intelligence for the game. He’s just a very skilled, intelligent basketball player.”
Martin is still on hold for two other targets, Nic Claxton of Greenville and David Beatty of Philadelphia. Both are announcing decisions Monday.