Following is a story written by Jody Wagner of the Palm Beach Post on USC basketball recruit Ramon Galloway:
Ramon Galloway's basketball career started in Philadelphia, took a detour through South Florida and will pass through Columbia, S.C., next year.
Galloway, 17, a 6-foot-2 senior guard at Dwyer High School, signed a basketball scholarship with the University of South Carolina on Nov. 12.
A promising college athlete who plays both guard positions, Galloway chose the Gamecocks early in the recruiting process. He developed a close relationship with their coach, Darrin Horn, who took much of his staff with him to South Carolina after leaving his head coaching position at Western Kentucky last spring.
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"The whole coaching staff from South Carolina was originally at Western Kentucky," said Galloway, who was raised in Philadelphia and moved to Jupiter two years ago. "They were recruiting me from Western Kentucky. I talked to them a lot. I talked to the head coach a lot. He really made me want to seal the deal.
"All the other coaches I was talking to were either assistant coaches or recruiting coaches. I wasn't talking to the head guy. When people make their decision, they make their decision based on how the school is. I talked to the head coach all the time, and he came to my game. Once he got the job at South Carolina, I was like, 'That's really, really good. It's an SEC school.''"
Closer to home, Galloway's Panthers are a state championship threat.
Dwyer went 24-4 last season and advanced to the regional semifinals before falling to Martin County 69-68.
Galloway, who had 18 points in that game, played a key role in leading the Panthers to the district championship and a near berth in the regional finals.
He averaged 17.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and was named to the All-Area first team.
"He has all the tools," Dwyer coach Fred Ross said of Galloway, who played his first two seasons of high school basketball at Philadelphia's Freire Charter School. "He's a great shooter and he's very athletic. He jumps well and he handles the basketball. He has it all on offense. On defense, he's got some work to do, but don't they all?"
Galloway and his teammates will have plenty of opportunity to work on their defense this winter.
Team practices are held daily after school and are known to be demanding.
"In Philadelphia, we didn't work as hard as coach Ross," Galloway said. "Every older person I talked to said coach Ross is the best coach in the county, in the state, and he is. We practice long and we practice hard. All that practice has prepared us for games. By the time the games come, in the fourth quarter, everybody would be tired. But we'd be standing up and we'd be ready to go."
Galloway, like Ross, has high hopes for the Panthers, who have a senior-heavy roster and plenty of depth.
"I want to win state before I leave," Galloway said.
His college goals, however, are a bit more modest.
"I'm just trying to go to college and fit in on the basketball team," said Galloway, who plans to major in communications. "I don't want to go in there and try to do something I can't do. Whatever happens, happens.
"One of my goals when I get to college is get SEC Freshman of the Year. I think that's a really good goal for me."