USC Recruiting

Gamecocks offers one top in-state basketball player, host another

What’s it like to have over 20 scholarship offers? PJ Hall explains

Dorman forward PJ Hall, South Carolina’s top player in 2020 class, updates his recruitment on June 21, 2019.
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Dorman forward PJ Hall, South Carolina’s top player in 2020 class, updates his recruitment on June 21, 2019.

Working a couple classes, the South Carolina basketball staff has been active on the local recruiting scene.

Bryce McGowens, a rising junior at Wren High School in Piedmont, tweeted Thursday that he’s been offered a scholarship by the Gamecocks. The 6-foot-4 guard is ranked by 247Sports Composite as SC’s second-best player in the 2021 class. McGowens took an unofficial visit to USC on Wednesday.

McGowens, a four-star prospect and top 75 national player, told The State in April he had already met with the Carolina staff.

“They said they already know I can play,” McGowens said. “But they still wanted to get a better relationship with me, get to know me more as a person.

“(USC assistant) Coach Perry (Clark), he’s a real cool guy. You can talk about mostly anything with him.”

McGowens averaged 26 points a game last season at Wren. He holds offers from the likes of Clemson, Pittsburgh (where his brother, Trey, is a rising sophomore), Providence, Georgia Tech and LSU.

PJ Hall, the state’s top player in the 2020 class who’s held a USC offer for over a year, was back on campus Thursday for an unofficial visit.

“It’s grown ever since (the offer),” Hall told The State last week of his relationship with the Gamecocks. “Their entire staff is awesome. From Frank Martin all the way to the (graduate assistant), everyone is so nice there.

“There’s been constant communication. They’re always sending me pictures. Like, ‘Hey, this is the locker room,’ showing me what it’ll be like. Putting me in a jersey. It’s just fun to grow a relationship like that.”

Hall, ranked 63rd nationally by 247Sports Composite, plans to make his final college decision before the start of his senior season at Dorman. The 6-9 forward counts over 20 offers, including Clemson, Florida and Tennessee.

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Andrew Ramspacher has been covering college athletics since 2010, serving as The State’s USC men’s basketball beat writer since October 2017. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. At a program-listed 5-foot-10, he’s always been destined to write about the game. Not play it.

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