1-ranked recruiting class in 2019 when the Gamecocks landed four prospects in the top 11. The Huskies, who signed No. South Carolina … Dawn Staley brought in the No. The official Women's Basketball page for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. 80) is a perimeter player who knows how to hunt down shots. 76) is a 6-foot-1 wing from Arizona. Highest-ranked commit: G Aziaha James (No. Later, a Sports Illustrated reporter who covers the Gamecocks wrote an article titled "South Carolina vs. Everybody" that included my name and my employer. And somehow, the game managed to live up to the immense hype. G Kaiya Wynn, the No. 5). Syracuse landed three international prospects in its five-player class. 35). North Carolina Tar Heels The No. 18 Morasha Wiggins has a terrific blend of size and skill, while No. I sat courtside to watch No. 15. Highest-ranked commit: F Sara Puckett (No. If arguably the greatest college basketball coach currently in the game chooses to villainize me as a way to motivate her team, I'm all for it. Jayla Smith runs the lanes well and gets on the glass. I had the privilege of watching many games from Cameron Indoor Stadium's press row. South Carolina had just one commit -- PG Eniya Russell, the No. In Moore, the Longhorns get someone who has excellent footwork and hands and is a hard worker down low. Arkansas has two three-star prospects in the fold as well: Ashlyn Sage, a lengthy shooter who can knock down the 3, and Emrie Ellis, a lanky forward who can run the floor. 1 South Carolina New, 4 comments By Steven Muma @akulawolf Nov 12, 2020, 11:09am EST South Carolina is ranked No. The list was not meant to be a roundup of the "best" players in the country. Arizona Wildcats Four-star wing Sydney Affolter is an active and skilled player out of Illinois. The South Carolina women's basketball Twitter fandom believed I overlooked the team's stars — namely freshman standout Aliyah Boston and senior Tyasha Harris — in not including them on the list I had published some 12 hours earlier. Allison Weidner (No. Newman is a tough and intelligent utility forward who can play multiple positions on the floor. The world is an increasingly dangerous place for journalists. 3. 1 in the preseason AP women's basketball poll for the first time in school history. South Carolina (4-1) stayed at No. South Carolina women's basketball earned the No. West Virginia Mountaineers Four schools -- South Carolina, North Carolina, Syracuse and Washington -- have landed four espnW 100 prospects, while four schools have three. 71). NC State women’s hoops’ 2020-21 schedule includes trip to No. 12. This could be coach Joe McKeown's deepest class ever. These were the circumstances under which I first interacted with Dawn Staley, the six-time WNBA All-Star, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and then-rising star at the helm of South Carolina's women's basketball. Arizona continues to be successful in landing international recruits, and that is evident in Anna Gret Asi, a 4.5-star point guard from Estonia who can run the show. 10. Like what you see here? The junior guard stripped the ball away from Blue Devil sharpshooter Rebecca Greenwell and called a timeout with time for one final play. The school said the earliest the team could resume activities was Dec. 16 2020 South Carolina Women’s Basketball Commitments Eniya Russell , 5-10 PG, St. Vincent Pallotti HS (Laurel, MD) [committed/ signed 11/15/2019] See next page for 2021 commitments and targets for South Carolina women’s basketball Northwestern Wildcats Or three. The Gamecocks tumbled … No. Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports. This is huge.". Dawn Staley and the South Carolina women's basketball program declined to comment. Gordon is a dynamic point guard who hails from Florida's Braden River High School. I was reeling from the incredible contest that had just unfolded in front of me — which, to this day, rivals Grayson Allen's 2016 buzzer-beater to top No. She was 8 of 13 from the floor and had nine rebounds for … 2). It seemed fairly benign and generated little interest most of the first day. Highest-ranked commit: G Caroline Ducharme (No. I am shocked that, as a journalist, the author of the Sports Illustrated article did not take a moment to consider the weight of their words or the potential ramifications of their message. No single Gamecock star carries the team. And if you are fortunate enough to have a platform that garners significant attention, consider the power of your influence before you fan the flames. Coley is a stretch forward who could see some time at the 4 and eventually the 3 in her college career. Alexis Markowski is a physical forward with good hands who can knock down shots from beyond the arc. USC Trojans The Gamecocks received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in The Associated Press preseason women’s Top 25 released Tuesday. No. 7). South Carolina fans began flooding my mentions over the article, which I initially found puzzling because I hadn't mentioned their team a single time in the piece. That night, my cell phone began incessantly buzzing with Twitter notifications. Settlement OK'd in women's sports case at Brown, Kentucky removes interim tag from coach Elzy, Stanford still atop AP Top 25; top 11 unchanged, N'western AD Phillips named new ACC commish, NCAA to play women's tournament at one site, Stanford's VanDerveer ties Summitt in Div. No. And yes, she's the one who said writers like me should be "admitted" during a press conference — but we'll get to that later. Michigan Wolverines The South Carolina women's basketball team regularly draws sell-out crowds to Colonial Life Arena. Samara Spencer, a 3.5-star prospect, is a quick and fast guard. Ava Learn is a finesse forward with the ability to stretch the floor. since. 45 Karoline Striplin are from Alabama, while three-star prospect Brooklynn Miles is from Kentucky. Many traditional powerhouses -- South Carolina, UConn, Notre Dame and Stanford -- find themselves in the top 10 of the recruiting class rankings, but there are some sleeper teams as well. Four-star prospect Jade Melbourne, an excellent passer who can shoot along the perimeter, joins Charli Turner-Thorne's program from Australia. 48 player, is a 6-foot-2 forward who simply makes plays that many others cannot because of her natural ability. Arizona State Sun Devils South Carolina fans were out in full force that day. Nebraska Cornhuskers She then alluded to getting them psychiatric help. More coverage >> https://t.co/F9iVr3MORu pic.twitter.com/38OFYMqHVW. Avery Van Sickle (No. Two days later, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said that "any media person that decides not to include" her team on lists like mine needs to be "checked quickly and admitted.". NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford new No. Because it’s early in the season, there are a few teams that have a good shot to ascend to the top, South Carolina won the first quarter, 12-9, and NC State won the second quarter, 12-8, to give the Wolfpack a 21-20 halftime edge. Demetre is a versatile 6-foot-2 forward who will help the Cardinal in the frontcourt. Wynter Rogers is a 3.5-star wing/forward who can knock down the 3, while Ja'Naiya Quinerly is a confident point guard. 27) has as much potential as anyone in the class. PG Jzaniya Harriel, ranked No. 56 Caileigh Walsh is a stretch 4 player who is learning the value of physicality in the paint. 1, The 10 best players in Stanford women's basketball history. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll for the first time in school history. 1-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team resumes unfinished business. Highest-ranked commit: PG Raven Johnson (No. 22. 33). 51 Amani Bartlett is a slasher-type forward who makes her presence known defensively and on the glass. 1 South Carolina take on No. 1 ranking in school … Henderson finished two points shy of a career high. 32 player, is one of the best shooters in the country, be it off the dribble or in a catch-and-shoot situation. South Carolina, Baylor and Oregon continue to lead the way in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll as the top three teams. These two teams really struggled to … The Gamecocks five consecutive Sweet 16s in the seasons since and 2017 national title are a concrete testament to her efficacy. 5. Dawn Staley interacts with a referee during a December 2014 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Full poll >> https://t.co/9ylOGeqGqy More coverage >> https://t.co/ad2eXoTupb pic.twitter.com/pNby6r4IC6 — AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) November 30, 2020 15 prospect, has a skill set similar to UConn's Olivia Nelson-Ododa thanks to her elite size, length and mobility. Highest-ranked commit: W Meg Newman (No. POLL ALERT: Stanford new No. She is a big guard with a smoothness to her game. Looking for smart ways to get more from life? 24. 99) comes from Texas powerhouse Duncanville High School. The South Carolina women's basketball fandom — and the team's legendary head coach — are not pleased with me. Texas Longhorns 18. Aaronette Vonleh (No. I made a deliberate decision to not include any of the Gamecocks' leading scorers in this story because: The next day, people were still launching sexist, profane insults in my direction on Twitter. The top-10 matchup brought with it a sense of anticipation, the likes of which I had never personally felt surrounding a women's sporting event. 7. 17 Kayla McPherson is an explosive guard with deep range from 3. 16. Highest-ranked commit: G Madison Conner (No. 31). The South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team picked up its second commitment in the class of 2021, as Saniya Rivers, one of the … G Rayah Marshall (No. The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ preseason 2020-21 women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses. Tennessee Lady Volunteers Highest-ranked commit: G Hailey Weaver (No. 78, is a quality scorer from Northern California. 11. Tennessee also fell outside the top 20 last year, but second-year coach Kellie Harper has the Lady Vols in the top 15 thanks to four commits, including two in the top 50. 39). 9. 4. Highest-ranked commit: F Sacha Washington (No. But more significantly, this article had the added effect of reinforcing the aggressive behavior displayed online by some of the more extreme "fams" — as Gamecock fans refer to themselves. Highest-ranked commit: PG Knisha Godfrey (No. Donohoe, ex-tourney chief, dies following illness, No. 5 in this week's AP Women's Top 25 after being idle last week for exams. Staley has a significant platform, and there are people who both take her word as gospel and have no inhibitions about issuing death threats. South Carolina women's coaching staff reeling in another prized recruiting class ... because it goes a lot of different places,” South Carolina's women's basketball coach said. I'm also incredibly lucky that none of the threats sent my way were considered consequential enough to warrant serious concern this time around. Within the same week, the Irish got a commitment from Sonia Citron, a 6-foot-1 guard who has a solid mid-range pull-up jumper and good awareness on the defensive end. Kendall Moriarty is a 6-foot-1 guard with perimeter skills. She is unable to take any official visits before the November signing period after the NCAA extended its recruiting dead period through Jan. 1. 7 Virginia as the most exhilarating game I've had the privilege of covering in-person. To this point, I had only covered two Duke women's basketball games — an exhibition contest against Limestone and the team's home opener against unranked Marquette. The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___South Carolina has called off its men’s basketball game at George Washington on Monday because of a positive COVID-19 test.The team paused activities Tuesday and canceled a home game with Wofford scheduled for Thursday. 19. Highest-ranked commit: PG O'Mariah Gordon (No. I'd have to either be "totally uninformed or deliberately obtuse" not to think they're among the best players in the country, according to one Twitter user. Akunwafo is an active and disruptive defensive presence with an emerging offensive game. 1. NC State Wolfpack NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. Highest-ranked commit: G Laila Phelia (No. Florida State Seminoles 2021 women's college basketball recruiting class rankings: South Carolina starts at No. 92 Addison O'Grady is a physical forward/post player out of Colorado whose style of play will fit in well in the Big Ten. As of this article's writing. Staley's ability to rally her squad with a steely, confident demeanor was evident from the jump. Emma Chardon, a 4.5-star prospect from Switzerland, has shown the ability to deliver on the big stage. Sellers is a versatile 6-foot guard who has every tool -- shooting, floor vision and passing -- and can guard multiple positions. Coach Bill Fennelly told his four freshmen before Sunday’s game against No. Lance King/Getty Images. 93. South Carolina doesn't have one standout player. 6). 81 Messiah Hunter is a talented guard with a nice pull-up jumper. And four-star guard Olivia Pollerd is from Australia. It wasn't just the team's stellar play that caught my attention. Highest-ranked commit: G Shyanne Sellers (No. No. It's early fall, and 92 of the top 100 players in the Class of 2021 have verbally committed to schools. Coach Kellie Harper made quite the regional haul. Equally impressive from my vantage point was the vast turnout of Gamecock die-hards for an early-season game played some 215 miles from their home base at Colonial Life Arena. Ducharme is one of the most improved players in the country heading into her senior campaign. Worst of all, they flooded my inbox with threats and demands for an apology. G Saniya Rivers and F Sania Feagin are the third- and fourth-ranked prospects, respectively, while G Aubryanna Hall is ranked 14th overall. During her postgame press conference after the Gamecocks took down the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, Staley took a moment to address "any media person that decides not to include us in conversation talks about best teams in the country." 8. South Carolina Gamecocks The official Women's Basketball page for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Fans began incessantly harassing and threatening me online using sexist, profane language. 50 Jillian Brown are two quality perimeter players whose skill sets complement each other. Full poll: https://t.co/qhDCs4pvHa. The team issued a statement on Twitter saying the players’ … 8 N.C. State on Thursday night it opened the door for a new choice in the top spot in the poll when it is released Monday. 21). WNBA mock draft 2021: Will Texas' Charli Collier go No. 49). Now she can add the first preseason No. As a lifelong athlete and avid writer, spending my days courtside at Cameron Indoor Stadium and my nights in The Chronicle office at 301 Flowers was a dream come true. 64 player, will fit in with the Wolfpack's system well thanks to her craftiness. "March Madness is approaching — Here are the 15 biggest names to look out for in the 2020 women's NCAA tournament", Visit Insider's homepage for more stories, the game managed to live up to the immense hype, Grayson Allen's 2016 buzzer-beater to top No. For this reason, I selected players who were, for the most part, the clear leaders on their teams. "Dawn Staley is building something special in South Carolina.". 1 recruit Bueckers excels in UConn debut, Breaking down the top 2021 women's basketball prospects in the espnW 100, 2021 espnW 100: Ranking the top women's college basketball prospects, Women's college basketball coaching changes for 2020-21. COLUMBIA — As expected, South Carolina's first loss in more than a calendar year cost it the top spot in the AP Women's Top 25. Soon I would be jetting across the country to follow Joanne P. McCallie's Blue Devils into matchups against storied programs from South Bend, Indiana, to Storrs, Connecticut. 20. 43 prospect -- last cycle, but the Gamecocks are atop the class rankings again with four 2021 prospects inside the top 15, led by Johnson, a true point guard who has developed her 3-point range. 100) is a powerful post player whose brother is Denver Nuggets PF Noah Vonleh. 9). — AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 7, 2020. 25. 9 Duke on December 7, 2014. According to Staley, busloads of South Carolina fans had taken the roughly four-hour drive north to witness the team's victory in-person — and they were LOUD. No. F Amari DeBerry, the No. 43). Stanford Cardinal Highest-ranked commit: W Teonni Key (No. 38). P Sophia Hart, the No. That's why the next piece of this saga made me so angry. Maryland Terrapins 12). Down by one with 10 seconds remaining, the top-ranked Gamecocks earned one last shot at keeping their undefeated season intact thanks to the ultimate hustle play from South Carolina's Khadijah Sessions. Highest-ranked commit: F Aaliyah Moore (No. NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. My only caveat here is that stoking anger at journalists is a dangerous practice, particularly in this day and age. The school had sellouts against UConn and Texas A&M and had the top-three most attended games of last season. 7 Virginia. Frankly, I don't take issue with this — aside from the obvious point that discussing mental illness in this way is trivializing, but I digress. Top-ranked prospect Azzi Fudd has yet to declare and is keeping her recruitment process private. 36). Purdue Boilermakers The Gamecocks return to action on Thursday against … Destanni Henderson and Zia Cooke each scored 19 points, and top-ranked South Carolina beat South Dakota 81-71 on Saturday in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. No. Highest-ranked commit: G Ashtynne Marotte (No. Which brings me to my next point. Greta Kampschroeder, the No. Von Oelhoffen is a 5-foot-11 guard and strong perimeter player who fits in well with Scott Rueck's system. It was geared at readers who were newly acquainted with women's college basketball and hoping to find they're way into the action before the NCAA tournament tips off. 1 spot in the 2020-21 Associated Press Preseason Poll for the first time in program history, the organization announced today. But before we get into the intricacies of how I garnered the disdain of the notoriously raucous South Carolina women's basketball fanbase, let me set the scene a little bit and give you some background into how I arrived in this line of work. Highest-ranked commit: G Emma Shumate (No. Staley drew up a play for her veteran leader in preseason All-American Tiffany Mitchell, but instead, the heroics fell into the hands of then-budding star and current WNBA All-Star A'ja Wilson. Here are other tidbits from this week’s poll. (AP … Nebraska has a deep class thus far with five commits. Lattimore and PG Shayeann Day-Wilson (No. Four-star Jessica Timmons has good scoring skills and pressures the ball defensively very effectively. 6. Lance King/Getty Images, "I take my hat off to our team who just fought and fought and had so much resolve to getting it done," Staley added. Jody Wynn and her Washington coaching staff traveled all over the world for its five-player class. Phelia is a skilled guard who has proven she can play anywhere on the perimeter. That's the first day DI basketball teams can start the season and the day the No. South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball player Olivia Thompson has earned a full scholarship after starting with Dawn Staley’s program as a walk-on. Now she can add the first preseason No. South Carolina (3-1) lost for the first time since falling to Indiana on Nov. 28, 2019, and the first time at home since a 68-64 loss to Mississippi State in the regular-season finale two seasons ago. There's a person on the opposite end of the screen with feelings, a pulse, and family worried about their physical and emotional well being. March Madness is approaching — Here are the 15 biggest names to look out for in the 2020 women's NCAA tournament. F KiKi Iriafen, the 19th-ranked prospect, has tremendous upside and has a skill set resembling former Cardinal stars Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike. Stanford fell … Purdue brings in two top-100 players in Washington, a 6-foot-2 forward from Georgia, and Skye Williams, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Ohio who is ranked No. I had no idea that, four years later, those same fans would be directing that energy — this time, negative energy — at me. The SEC has announced the complete women's basketball conference schedule for the 2020-21 season, with each team receiving a full 16-game slate … Conner is a fundamental shooter with extreme confidence on the floor. Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images. The South Carolina women's basketball Twitter fandom believed I overlooked the team's stars — namely freshman standout Aliyah Boston and senior Tyasha Harris — in not including them on the list I had published some 12 hours earlier. South Carolina Gamecocks/YouTube. Courtney Banghart signed an eye-opening class in her first go-round in Chapel Hill, and she might have already outdone herself with her second signing class. The Gamecocks were challenged over the weekend in a tournament in South … 1 ranking in school history to the list of achievements. Though Staley didn't mention me by name, the timing of her tirade indicates that she was directing her ire at me. Maryland landed two talented players in its 2021 class. Three-star forward Mariana Valenzuela played prep ball at Florida's Montverde Academy. Iowa Hawkeyes For now, we rank the top 25 recruiting classes for the Class of 2021. Highest-ranked commit: W Kendall Coley (No. G Nyah Wilson (No. In her eighth game for the black and red, the 6-foot-4 freshman gobbled up the rebound from Mitchell's miss and emerged through traffic to put the ball off the glass and in the basket with 1.8 seconds remaining. I wins, Tennessee-Texas PPD due to COVID-19 concerns, How a single-site women's NCAA tournament would impact Bracketology, Why the Pac-12 is still the best conference in women's college basketball. 21. At the time, I had no plans for this hobby of mine to blossom into a career — I was just interested in sports writing for the sake of catching games and crafting features. 1. I haven't stepped foot in South Carolina in years, and yet I've managed to become the most-hated person in The Palmetto State over the past week. At 6-foot-5, she might have even more potential on the basketball court. NEW YORK (AP) — It didn't take long for there to be a new No. Three-star forward Taylor Gibson will provide physicality in the paint for the Wolverines. James is an athletic slashing guard with a serious scoring prowess. 68 Ariana Wiggins is a dynamic and quick point guard. 20 Destiny Adams improved her rebounding and defensive skills over the past year. In anticipation of the upcoming NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, I wrote a story titled, "March Madness is approaching — Here are the 15 biggest names to look out for in the 2020 women's NCAA tournament." 28). Days later, she landed Miles, a five-star prospect out of Blair Academy in New Jersey who shows flashes of former Old Dominion and WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro in her game. Who are the top 10 sophomores so far in 2020-21? 85) is a 5-foot-10 point guard from Colorado. She is a skilled 6-foot-5 guard who might still be growing, and that usually means there are aspects to her game that remain untapped. 40). FILE – In this March 8, 2020, file photo, South Carolina’s Brea Beal (12) drives while defended by Mississippi State’s Myah Taylor (1) during a championship match at the Southeastern Conference women’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C. South Carolina is ranked No. 94 prospect Jess Finney is a 5-foot-10 guard from Arizona. 17. No. Godfrey, No. Mississippi State Bulldogs Account active 22). That's what makes Staley's squad so lethal and — I'm not afraid to say — the team to beat in the NCAA. Highest-ranked commit: W Talia Von Oelhoffen (No. In a story for Sports Illustrated, a beat writer for the team wrote that despite consistently taking down their competition throughout the season, "the Gamecocks seem to find themselves in a different battle; one for respect from national media.". South Carolina led the NCAA in average attendance for women's hoops last year, the powerhouse program drawing 12,218 fans a game. 11). South Carolina is the preseason No. Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports. Still, I'd like to use this opportunity to issue a call to action: think twice before harassing people with whom you disagree online. Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports. South Carolina … No. 1 prospect Paige Bueckers in the Class of 2020, are still in the hunt for Fudd as well. 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Syracuse Orange NEW YORK (AP)Top-ranked South Carolina jumped into the new season by playing three games in the first five days. Highest-ranked commit: PG Jersey Wolfenbarger (No. They questioned my intelligence and called on my alma mater to take back my diploma. Highest-ranked commit: W Brooke Demetre (No. 41) both play for Crestwood Secondary School in Canada, while four-star forward Maud Huijbens is from the Netherlands. 1 South Carolina that they were about to get a graduate level class in Division I basketball. PG Rori Harmon, who is ranked 10th, is an elite finisher in the paint and keeps defenses honest with her ability to shoot the 3 off the dribble. 1 to New York Liberty? 1 South Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 83-65 win over 23rd-ranked Iowa State on Sunday. The Gamecocks received 29 of 30 first-place votes. 30 Saylor Poffenbarger is a versatile guard who has 3-point range and size to post up in the paint. Highest-ranked commit: P Clarice Akunwafo (No. The piece served as nothing but fodder for the aggrieved South Carolina fans crying "disrespect" despite their team holding the top spot in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Coaches Poll for four weeks running. I have received them before, as have many of my colleagues. COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the fifth time in seven seasons and the first time since the 2017-18 season, Southeastern Conference women’s basketball coaches have predicted South Carolina … Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2021 women's college basketball recruiting class rankings: South Carolina starts at No. Weaver and No. Or two. UConn Huskies But that's precisely why the Gamecocks were circling. 16 class in 2020 and was ranked outside the top 20 in 2019, yet new coach Vic Schaefer, who left Mississippi State in April, has the Longhorns back in the top five. Oregon State Beavers Verhulst is one of the top guards in the country with a smooth jumper and some flair to her game off the bounce. But on this particular Sunday afternoon, I'd bear witness to the greatness rising out of Columbia, South Carolina. Fortunately, I have thick skin and confidence in my abilities as a sportswriter. Louisville Cardinals The Wildcats have two four-star prospects: Anu Ademusayo, who has elite height and length, and Melannie Daley, an under-the-radar prospect who has serious game as a three-level scorer. Vic Schaefer landed two top-10 players in his first recruiting class in Austin, Texas. Highest-ranked commit: G Payton Verhulst (No. Mere weeks prior, I had been named one of The Chronicle's Duke women's basketball beat reporters for the 2014-15 season. Subscribe to our daily newsletter to get more of it. 14. Niele Ivey officially succeeded the legendary Muffet McGraw on April 22. 25. Members of No. 13. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday at the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. Washington Huskies It's going to pay big dividends down when you're looking at NCAA tournament time. 1 in AP Top 25 women's basketball poll while South Carolina falls to fifth after loss. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Zia Cooke scored 19 points and No. Nov. 25, 2020. Wolfenbarger might be the steal of the class. 62-ranked prospect, went to Ensworth High School in Tennessee but will finish her high school career outside of Houston, Texas. 63). A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. POLL ALERT: South Carolina remains No. Key has good ball skills, a strong mid-range jumper and gets on the glass on both ends. I was sitting courtside at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and I was pumped. I stand by my decision not to include any South Carolina players on my original list; No single Gamecock star carries the team, which is what makes Staley's squad so lethal and — I'm not afraid to say —. 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