USC Recruiting

Gamecocks basketball picks up grad transfer from Big East program

South Carolina added another point guard to its roster Tuesday morning.

Tre Campbell, a graduate transfer from Georgetown, announced on Twitter his commitment to the Gamecocks.

"First of all," Campbell posted, "I want to thank God to put me in this position and giving me this opportunity to play one more year of college basketball and prove everybody wrong. And also want to thank Coach (Frank) Martin for this chance. I am committing to the university of South Carolina."

Campbell is immediately eligible, giving USC experience at a vital position. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was a four-star recruit out of St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C.. He picked the Hoyas over Maryland, Pittsburgh and Xavier, among others.

He averaged 3.7 points and 1.3 assists in his Hoyas career. Following an knee injury he suffered in a bus accident in February 2017, Campbell didn't play this past season, but was kept on scholarship by first-year coach Patrick Ewing. He'll soon graduate from Georgetown and join USC, said Sean McAloon, Campbell's high school coach.

“He did rehab, really," McAloon said of how Campbell spent this past season. "He did rehab and got stronger and got himself to where he could be 100 percent. Basically just rehabbed his knee and finished up academically as strong as he could.”

Campbell joins T.J. Moss as Carolina point guard commitments this spring. USC is down to two open scholarships in the 2018 recruiting class. That number could increase should Brian Bowen and Chris Silva hire agents and remain in the NBA draft.

Campbell visited the Gamecocks two weeks ago and told The State he picked USC because of his relationship with assistant coach Bruce Shingler, among other factors. McAloon said a number of programs contacted Campbell, including Oklahoma State, Boise State, Wyoming and VCU.

"(South Carolina) needed a point guard," Campbell said, "and I felt comfortable."

USC's need at PG started around this time last year when P.J. Dozier stayed in the NBA draft and didn't return for his junior season in Columbia. From there, Rakym Felder was suspended — and eventually dismissed. Hassani Gravett and Wes Myers split time at the position last season. Myers graduated, but Gravett, more of a natural shooting guard, will return for his season season.

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