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Phillip talks Carolina commitment

South Carolina put a bookend on a wild 24 hours picking up commitment No. 4 from guard Tarik Phillip (Charlotte, N.C./Queen City Prep) on Friday afternoon.

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin

With the way the commitments have started to roll in, one can’t exclude the possibility of another coming in, but new head coach Frank Martin seems to have capped a busy couple of days with a point guard.

Phillip, who was an All-Tournament selection in all eight tournaments his high school team competed in this season, chose the Gamecocks over Mississippi State.

“I thought the city was very nice,” Phillip said. “Coach Martin hung out with us all day. We talked about making South Carolina better. He was telling me he wants me to come in and play point guard and win some games.”

Phillip becomes the second commitment of the day, joining big man Laimonas Chatkevicius (South Kent, Conn./South Kent). Shooting guard Thaddeus Hall and wing Mindaugas Kacinas made their verbal pledge to South Carolina on Thursday night.

“I decided to commit. The coaches were very excited. They high-fived me and welcomed me to the family,” Phillip said. “I just met coach Martin not too long ago. I’ve seen him on television and he coaches with a lot of enthusiasm. I think he’s a great fit for me as a person.”

Phillip was joined on his official visit by high school coach Tony Taylor. This season, Phillip averaged 26 points and seven assists and called the 2012 prospect a “true point guard” that will play for the Gamecocks next season.

“Tyriq is a true point guard with a high basketball I.Q.,” Taylor said. “He is very athletic with long arms and has a very, very high intensity level. He goes as hard as possible every position.”

With the four additions to the 2012-13 team, South Carolina still has one scholarship left.

Roster for 2012-13

F Laimonas Chatkevicius
G Bruce Ellington (walk-on)
F Carlton Geathers
G Thaddeus Hall
F Tyrone Haughton
F Alex Irwin (walk-on)
F Lakeem Jackson
F Mindaugas Kacinas
G Damien Leonard
G Shane Phillips (walk-on)
G Tarik Phillip
G Brian Richardson
F RJ Slawson
G Eric Smith
G Brenton Williams

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