All of USC’s basketball signee are on campus for summer school except for 6-foot-7 Ibrahim Doumbia of Mali who attended high school in Miami.
USC coach Frank Martin said Monday night Doumbia’s transcript remains in the hands of the NCAA Clearinghouse and he believes he eventually will be approved.
“We’re optimistic there,” Martin said. “We’re just waiting for all the normal things to process the way they need to be processed. They had to do some extra work on some stuff and doing their due diligence. He didn’t graduate from high school until the middle of June, so they don’t start all this stuff that they do until the young people have graduated. We had to wait until the middle of June for them to start their process, so we couldn’t get him in for the second summer (school session).”
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▪ Conway defensive end Raiqwon O’Neal will visit South Carolina on Saturday as he heads north to visit Rutgers and Maryland. He said he does have a favorite but is not ready to reveal it. Some other offers from him include NC State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky and Louisville.
▪ USC is in the top group with with defensive back C.J. Smith of West Palm Beach, Fla., a former Florida commitment. He also has Oregon, Louisville, Michigan and Oklahoma on his short list.
▪ The Gamecocks offered 6-foot-9 forward Manny Bates of Fayetteville, N.C. He also has a Clemson offer and has picked up recent offers from N.C. State, Xavier, Georgetown and Louisville.
▪ South Carolina made the cut with 6-foot-8 forward Jermaine Harris of Upper Marlboro, Md., who named a top eight Monday night. The others are Kansas, Xavier, Rhode Island, Miami, West Virginia, Maryland and Southern Utah.
▪ Belton-Honea Path 2019 defensive lineman Tysheik Galloway plans to attend USC’s camp Friday. He has not been offered yet but said the Gamecocks are showing interest.
“I hear from Coach Hutzler and Coach Thompson a lot from USC,’ Galloway said. “They both tell me to keep working hard. I am really hoping for that USC offer.”
He also is hearing from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia State, Wake Forest, Coastal Carolina, Northwestern and Charlotte. Last season Galloway had 39 tackles with three sacks.
▪ Trey Tujetsch, a 2019 right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, committed to USC. He also drew recruiting interest from LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
PerfectGame had this scouting report on Tujetsch from an outing earlier this month: “The North Carolina native worked pretty effectively for most of the game and showed a lively arm with three pitches that he could command for strikes. Tujetsch showed all three pitches early on and showed quality pitchability to be able to mix speeds and locations to keep hitters off balance. He threw from a compact, mostly clean arm action that had some arm speed to it as well. The fastball worked 87-90 mph early on and settled into the 86-88 mph range throughout the start. The most impressive secondary pitch he threw was his hard changeup at around 80-82 mph. The pitch was thrown with almost the same arm speed as the fastball and was very effective at garnering swings and misses as the pitch just fell off the table. The slider was short but had late bite in the upper-70s that got some whiffs within the strike zone.”
▪ South Carolina offered Nashville 2019 offensive lineman Jackson Lampley.