Stephen Spinella (6-4/201) is entering his second year with the Gamecocks.
The sophomore guard is from Colts Neck, N.J.
He played in 29 games last season, averaging 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. He had a season-high seven points in an SEC season-opening victory at Auburn.
Spinella had two rebounds and one steal in the victory over No. 1 Kentucky.
Looking forward to your second season?
I can't wait. We're really a team now. We're looking for improvement and getting better.
What are the team goals?
We have kind of the same goals every year. We want to have a good record and obviously want to make the [NCAA] tournament. Our main goal is to win the SEC.
Talk about being part of one of three USC teams that beat a No. 1 ranked team in the last year.
That's always good on the university. But we can't look at just that one win we had. We've got to keep moving forward.
What's it like having so many newcomers on the team this year?
Everyone can really play. We're real deep this year. We're just ready to strap it up and get going.
What was your experience like as a freshman in the SEC?
High school is nothing like this. It's a whole new environment. It was awesome.
What were the big changes for you from high school to college?
The speed of the game. College is just so quick. I've adapted to it. This year will be normal to me.
What were the highlights of your summer?
We were mostly here the whole summer. Nothing really. Just playing basketball all summer.
Are you a big video game player?
I don't play any video games. It's not my thing. Everyone else does, but I never was into it.
What is something you like to do outside of basketball?
I like "Jersey Shore." I'm from New Jersey. I like watching it on TV, even though it has nothing to do with New Jersey. It's a funny show.