Sunday, March 31, 2013
South Carolina picks up post-grad guard
By Adam Finkelstein
South Carolina landed a verbal commitment from post-graduate guard Duane Notice (Oakdale, Conn/St. Thomas More School) on Sunday night. He chose South Carolina over Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Detroit and Duquesne, along with interest from Nebraska, Tennessee, Purdue and others.
Notice was on South Carolina’s campus last week and had been one of the players the Gamecocks staff had zeroed in on in recent weeks after they’d gotten noticeably more aggressive looking to add additional prospects in the Class of 2013 following a disappointing season.
Post-grad guard Duane Notice committed to South Carolina.
What will Notice bring to the Gamecocks?
He is a power combo guard who is capable of playing on or off the ball. Notice has a college-ready body with a tremendous amount of upper-body strength along with quick feet. Consequently, he’s a good on-the-ball defender and also a capable scorer going to the rim.
Notice is coming off an outstanding post-graduate season at St. Thomas More. When he arrived at the Connecticut prep school in the fall, he was already well-known due to having played alongside the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and others with CIA Bounce on the AAU circuit. However, he was generally considered to be a low- to mid-major recruit.
Given the opportunity to take on more of a starring role, Notice thrived throughout the season and saw his recruitment rise accordingly during the past six months. He not only proved his ability to put points on the board, but also to stuff all columns of the stat sheet as he did a little bit of everything for St. Thomas More this season.
It was that ability to overachieve and surpass expectations that inevitably made him even more attractive to South Carolina head coach Frank Martin. We profiled South Carolina last week, looking back on candid comments Martin made during the course of the season and the Gamecocks’ aggressive recruiting activities in recent weeks.
With Martin continuing to work on changing the culture of South Carolina’s programs, a player like Notice is particularly intriguing -- not just because he’s proven he can compete at this level, but because he was able to raise the level of his game in order to answer his critics this season.
Those are just the type of intangibles that are going to be necessary to rebuild the South Carolina program. You’re not going to find a more direct coach in the entire country than Martin, so success depends not just on the physical tools, but also the mental toughness to flourish under his intense style.