USC missed out on power forward transfer Robert Carter Jr. Friday when he decided to go to Maryland after two seasons at Georgia Tech. But the Gamecocks are already well involved with another player for that spot in 6-9 Chris Silva, a native of Gabon, Africa who attends Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey.
The Gamecocks are one of his major offers right now. Some others are Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, South Florida and Rutgers. USC coach Frank Martin has made Silva one of his top targets for the 2015 class.
“He was excited to get the offer and he’s planning on taking a visit there,” his coach Dave Boff said. “I don’t think he’d be taking a flight down there unless he was interested. I would say the interest from his pretty solid.” Boff did not have a definite date on that visit.
“I have a good relationship with him (Martin) from when he was at Kansas State,” Boff said. “They recruited a couple of our kids when he was there. I certainly have good feelings about coach Martin and what he’ll do with that program. “He’s totally wide open on the schools he’s considering. He’s just going thru the process of determining which schools he’s going to visit.”
The coach plans to sit down with Silva and decide on his official visits and they will also decide then if he will sign early or wait until the spring.
“Chris is a high level athlete,” Boff continued. “He runs the floor really well. He’s a tremendous run and jump athlete. He’s one of the better power forward, rebounder, shot blockers probably in the country. Offensively he works mostly in the high post. He can step out and shoot the three as well. His low post game is a work in progress but he’s getting better at it all the time. Most of his offensive damage is done facing the rim.”
Silva averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds per game last season.