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Gamecocks land big-time point guard

South Carolina scored their point guard of the future on Monday afternoon when Keenan High School product Marcus Stroman committed to the Gamecocks.

Class of 2014 point guard Marcus Stroman

“I was ready to make the commitment last Friday,” Stroman told TheBigSpur. “Coach Martin told me to go home and talk it over with my family and make sure I was ready to be part of the program. I called him today and let him know I was ready to be a Gamecock.”

The commitment of Stroman is the first in-state pledge for Martin and his staff. The Gamecock head coach was thrilled to receive the news of Stroman’s commitment.

“He was very excited,” Stroman said. “I wasn’t there to see him in person but on the phone he sounded excited. He was telling me congratulations and they are glad to have me as part of the program.”

While on campus last week, Martin and Stroman discussed the Gamecock point guard situation both in terms of future players and how they are allowed to play in Martin’s system.

“Coach was just telling me how they like to let their point guards play and control the team,” Stroman said. “We talked a little about how they would recruit the position and he basically told me they will see how the season goes and decide if they need to recruit anyone else.”

Despite never naming any leaders or top groups publicly, Stroman told back in November that playing close to home and in front of his family would be a huge factor for him. He reiterated that point again on Monday.

“That was really the big thing in committing,” Stroman said. “To have my family be able to watch pretty much all my games is very important. It is exciting to have them around and have them be a part of my career and that is all that really matters.”

Stroman becomes the first commitment of the 2014 class for the Gamecocks and will likely be rated a four star prospect by 247Sports when 2014 rankings are released.

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