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Two N.C. players commit to USC

USC coach Darrin Horn and the Gamecocks received two commitments Monday from North Carolina players.

Damontre Harris (6-foot-9) of Fayetteville, N.C., officially committed to USC, his coach confirmed Monday afternoon. Last season Harris averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Harris made his official visit with the Gamecocks over the weekend and, according to a source, he and his mother were sold on the Gamecocks.

Harris picked USC over Florida, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth and Wake Forest.

Harris was the second commitment of the day for the Gamecocks.

Brian Richardson (6-foot-5) of Wilson, N.C., committed Monday morning, the day after wrapping up an official visit with the Gamecocks.

"He loved his visit," said Greenfield School coach Rob Salter. "He fell in love with the campus and the coach and players."

Richardson also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington. He averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals per game last season.

"His versatility is his strength," Salter said. "He plays three positions and he scores in several ways. He has a natural feel for the game. He's very athletic and he sees the floor well. He has that natural instinct for the game of basketball."

Harris and Richardson are the fourth and fifth commitments for USC's 2010 class.

Earlier commitments were 5-foot-9 guards Eric Smith and Bruce Ellington, and R. J. Slawson, who is 6-foot-8.

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