The South Carolina men’s basketball team secured a centerpiece for its 2017 early signing class.
Combo guard David Beatty, from Philadelphia power Imhotep, committed to and signed Monday evening with the Gamecocks.
The 6-foot-3 guard took official visits to Georgetown and Indiana. He also had Connecticut, Maryland, Texas Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Virginia and Syracuse on his list.
He said likes Frank Martin and was interested in what the Gamecocks have to show him.
“I know that Frank Martin is a great coach,” Beatty said after an October visit. “He’s pretty loud and pretty animated. He’s a really cool guy and always wants best for his guys. I know they have other good coaches and really care for their players, not so much about basketball but about becoming better men and being a better person. I just know it’s a great university.”
Beatty averaged over 21 points per game last season and views himself as a scorer first. He sees a good fit in Martin’s offensive scheme.
“From what I’ve seen they let their guards go and make plays for the team and let them do what they have to do to make something happen,” Beatty said. “That kind of fits my game. I’m just a playmaker with the ball in my hands or when I’m on the court I’m going to make something happen.”
Beatty has an aunt and cousins who live in South Carolina, and he also is friends with Gamecock freshman Sedee Keita. He said the Gamecocks have been recruiting him since last summer. He goes to the school that produced David Williams, a running back on the football team.