Rising junior Malik Price-Martin (6-8) of Miami is projected as one of the top players in the class of 2013 and USC is one of his early offers. And the Gamecocks might have an extra edge in their dealings with Price-Martin.
According to a source, Gamecock head coach Darrin Horn is bringing in Ian Gibson as a graduate assistant coach. Gibson was at VCU as a grad assistant last season. He's a graduate of North Florida. And he attended the same high school that Price-Martin attends, Monsignor Pace.
That may give the Gamecocks a strong connection when it comes to recruiting Price-Martin who also has offers from Miami and Ohio State. He's also drawing interest from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State and Louisville.
He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game last season.