Why did Jalyn McCreary commit to South Carolina? He likes ‘tough love’ coaching
For only the third time since Rivals started such a list, South Carolina has two signed basketball recruits among the national site’s final ranking of top 150 players.
Rivals began its “Top 150” rankings in 2003. USC that year had No. 92 Renaldo Balkman and No. 101 Brandon Wallace. In 2014, signed Gamecocks Marcus Stroman (94) and TeMarcus Blanton (135) made the list.
McCreary is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Georgia who spent last season at Legacy Early College in Greenville. He’s a three-star prospect.
“(McCreary) found a great fit — both ways around, for the program and for the prospect,” Rivals analyst Corey Evans told The State last month. “He’s a hard nose, tough, versatile prospect who can play the three or the four. Had a really, really good senior year with Legacy Charter there in South Carolina. He really came on towards the end.”
McCreary is ranked No. 228 by 247Sports.
Hannibal is 6-foot-2, 200-pound point guard from Hartsville. He’s a three-star prospect who averaged 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists as a senior.
“Hannibal’s an in-state guy, is gonna want to play for the program, play hard,” Evans said. “He’s tough as nails. He scores the ball, but I think he can be a facilitator type as well. I think Trae’s really going to help that program out.”
Hannibal is ranked No. 208 by 247Sports.
South Carolina’s class is ranked No. 44 by Rivals and ninth in the SEC.
Clemson also has two recruits in the top 150 — No. 102 Chase Hunter, No. 144 Al-Amir Dawes.
State products to make the list include Tennessee-bound Josiah James (18), Georgia-bound Christian Brown and Alabama-bound Juwan Gary (98).
All-time South Carolina recruits ranked in Rivals Top 150
2019 class — Jalyn McCreary (133), Trae Hannibal (146)
2017 — David Beatty (149)
2016 — Sede Keita (90)
2015 — PJ Dozier (37)
2014 — Marcus Stroman (94), TeMarcus Blanton (135)
2013 — Sindarius Thornwell (43)
2011 — Damien Leonard (85)
2010 — Damontre Harris (64)
2003 — Renaldo Balkman (92), Brandon Wallace (101)