It doesn’t appear as if coach Frank Martin will take long to put his stamp on the South Carolina program, as he’s landed his first two recruits since taking over as program’s head coach. On Thursday, multiple reports broke that 6′-5″ shooting guard Thaddeus Hall and 6′-8″ forward Minda Kacinas both declared their intentions to join the program.
Hall was one of the fastest rising players in the country following an outstanding season at Thomas Jefferson (NY). He still reportedly needs to take the SAT in order to qualify for initial eligibility, but if he ends up on campus, he’ll rate as a top notch late score for Martin. Hall’s size is ideal on the wing, and he had late scholarship offers and interest from a variety of high-majors in the Big East. Hall can be a provider of instant scoring pop.
Kacinas is somewhat under the radar, and made a weekend official visit to South Carolina, according to PalmettoSports.com. A native of Lithuania, Kacinas apparently starred at Word of Life (KS) this season, by putting up 28 points and 15 rebounds per game. With Martin keeping tabs on Kansas High School basketball last year, the pledge of Kacinas to Martin as the new head coach at South Carolina is no surprise.
Under the past coaching staff at South Carolina, three players signed in the early signing period, guard teammates Ian Baker and Carlos Morris, and 6′-8″ post Tyrone Haughton. Both Baker and Morris re-opened their recruitments, and Baker recently declared for Providence.
Oddly, according to a report from Wednesday, the new South Carolina coaching staff has not contacted Haughton yet. Haughton still apparently intends to join the roster next season, though.--------------------------------------------
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