The USC basketball team added a sharp shooter and a rebounder at the start of the early-signing period Wednesday.
Guard Damien Leonard of Greenville and forward Anthony Gill of Charlotte -- both rated among the top 100 recruits in the nation by most major services -- will join the Gamecocks for the 2011-12 season. Both had announced commitments to Columbia in recent weeks.
The signings give USC three new players hitting the floor next season. Forward Murphy Holloway will be eligible to play after sitting out this season with his transfer from Mississippi.
At the end this season, USC will lose two big senior forwards, Sam Muldrow and Johndre Jefferson.
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Leonard -- 6-foot-5, 190 pounds -- is a four-star prospect considered the nation's 22nd to 29th best shooting guard prospect among major recruiting services. He averaged 22 points and six rebounds as a junior at J.L. Mann.
Leonard, rated as the best prospect from South Carolina, chose USC over Clemson and Oklahoma State.
"Damien is an excellent outside shooter, and he will thrive in our system because of his ability around the perimeter," Horn said Wednesday. "As a staff, it is one of our top priorities in recruiting to sign the top players in the state of South Carolina, and with Damien, we were able to do that."
Gill -- 6-foot-8, 225 pounds -- also is considered a four-star prospect by two recruiting services and was rated as high as the country's No. 15 power forward prospect.
He averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as a junior at Charlotte Christian School. He played AAU ball with USC freshman guard Brian Richardson.
Gill, ranked the 7th to the 11th best prospect from North Carolina, choose the Gamecocks over Virginia and Wake Forest.
"Anthony ... will bring great versatility to our team," Horn said. "He is an excellent rebounder and will bring a different element to our lineup than any player we currently have on our roster. We as a staff think he is one of the most underrated players in the country."
South Carolina is coming off one of its best recruiting classes ever -- ranking from 17th to 25th for the six freshmen who joined the squad this season. The class was topped by guard Bruce Ellington and forward Damontre Harris.