South Carolina Basketball Recruiting: Gamecocks Land PG Marcus Stroman for 2014

Adam GarrettAnalyst IJuly 2, 2012

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Frank Martin's impact on the Gamecocks is being felt all over the state of South Carolina. 

Monday was a big step for the South Carolina basketball program as USC landed point guard Marcus Stroman for the 2014 recruiting class, according to

South Carolina has been recruiting Stroman for a while now, dating back to the previous coaching staff under then head coach Darrin Horn. When Frank Martin was hired to replace Horn, he went to work on several in-state prospects.  Stroman was one of those recruits who was re-established as a priority for the South Carolina basketball program. 

Martin reaffirmed the scholarship offer to Stroman a few weeks back, and an unofficial visit this past week by Stroman to USC, gave him all he needed to know about the future of the South Carolina program. Martin was able to convince Stroman of his role for point guards in his offense and show him how he'd fit in as a Gamecock in the future. 

Stroman also wanted a school that was close to home in order to allow his family the chance to see him play as much as possible. It's hard to beat that aspect of the offer, seeing as though Stroman is from Columbia, South Carolina and plays basketball at Keenan High School. 

South Carolina is getting itself quite a point guard.

Stroman's still two years away from stepping on campus, but he's the kind of player that can be a floor general for the Gamecocks.

He knows how run the point position as a true point guard. He's a pass-first type of player that gets his teammates involved. He's also a speedy player who can get up and down the court. His quick step gives him the ability to get by his defender and to attack the basket or pass off to a teammate. 

The point guard depth is a question mark in Columbia right now, and while Stroman won't be on campus until 2014, he'll help solidify the depth and position immediately once he enrolls at South Carolina. 

Stroman chose USC over an offer from Clemson, as well as interest from Florida State and Georgetown.