South Carolina Basketball: JaVon Benson commits to Gamecocks

The native taste to South Carolina men’s basketball’s 2020 recruiting class continued Friday when Ridge View forward Ja’Von Benson introduced his dedication to the Gamecocks.

Benson picked USC over School of Charleston, and joined A.C. Flora big man Patrick Iriel as Frank Martin’s newest pledges.

“It’s residence,” Benson advised The State. “I really feel welcome. Coaches didn’t essentially discuss taking part in time or what they may do for me from a basketball standpoint. They only talked to me about what they will do for me in the case of getting a level. … That was an enormous time decision-making transfer for me.”

“It has been a faculty of his from center faculty,” Ridge View coach Yerrick Stoneman mentioned of the 6-foot-Eight Benson. “He can undoubtedly grow to be an NBA-type participant at South Carolina. He’s not afraid of working and competitors. He needs to go towards anyone higher and needs to be challenged.”

Benson and the 6-foot-10 Iriel have been AAU teammates with Upward Stars. Their commitments to Carolina places the Gamecocks — for now — over the 13-scholarship restrict for 2020-21, however that’s anticipated to steadiness out with the potential of A.J. Lawson’s early NBA draft entry or transfers.

The Gamecocks have been eyeing Benson for some time and at last supplied him on Aug. 1. Benson took his official go to to USC final month.

“I used to be capable of see the larger image there,” Benson mentioned of his go to. “It’s not all about basketball, it’s about getting a level and being profitable on this planet. I really like the gamers. I’m cool with Trae Hannibal. He sort of advised me the ins and outs of going to that sort of faculty. I feel my official (go to) was among the best weekends I’ve ever had. What else are you able to say.”

247Sports activities ranks Benson because the No. three prospect within the state for Class of 2020.

Benson, who started his profession at Westwood, transferred to Ridge View and was part of the Blazers’ 2018 Class 4A state championship team. Taking part in alongside Georgetown signee Malcolm Wilson, Benson averaged 10 factors, Eight.7 rebounds and a pair of.2 block pictures this previous season.

Benson scored 14 factors and 10 rebounds within the state championship win over Wilson.

Stoneman mentioned Benson might be a small ahead or stretch 4 (energy ahead) on the subsequent stage. Benson has spent the offseason working with Ridge View’s energy and conditioning coach on his lateral quickness.

Benson has improved on his exterior shot and in addition has remodeled his physique prior to now eight weeks. He’s a stable 240 kilos with a 7-Four wingspan.

“There may be plenty of potential with him,” Stoneman mentioned. “He’s younger within the recreation of basketball and there’s a nice alternative forward of him. And as soon as he will get right into a energy and conditioning program and diet program, I feel he’ll develop much more and his productiveness will proceed to develop.”

South Carolina is shedding senior large males Maik Kotsar and Micaiah Henry after this season. Additions of Benson and Iriel assist add depth to a publish group that’s anticipated to incorporate junior Alanzo Frink and sophomores Wildens Leveque and Jalyn McCreary in 2020-21.

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Lou Bezjak is the Excessive Faculty Sports activities Prep Coordinator for The State and Island Packet. He has lined highschool sports activities in South Carolina for 16 years and is a two-time South Carolina Sports activities Author of the 12 months by the Nationwide Sports activities Media Affiliation.