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Reports: South Carolina was among suitors for Memphis grad transfer

Memphis Tigers guard Markel Crawford (5)
Memphis Tigers guard Markel Crawford (5) USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina, coming off a historic basketball year that ended in the Final Four, continues to recruit for the upcoming season.

The Gamecocks on Tuesday visited former Duquesne commitment John Walker III of Missouri City, Texas. Now there are reports that Frank Martin and his staff were in the mix for Memphis grad transfer Markel Crawford, who committed to Ole Miss on Wednesday night.

Crawford, whose hometown is Memphis, average 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He will be eligible to play immediately with the Rebels.

South Carolina lost Justin McKie, Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice to graduation. Sophomore guard P.J. Dozier announced he would turn pro and enter the NBA Draft.

Including the four players signed for this class, the Gamecocks already are at the 13-player scholarship limit.

Memphis lost its three leading scorers off its 2016-17 team, including Crawford. Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson say they’re transferring to Kansas.

The Associated Press contributed

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