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MBB: Shaw Signs With Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced today the addition of Jaylen Shaw (G - 6-1 - 175 - Hartsville, S.C. - Hartsville) to the Gamecocks roster for the 2013-14 campaign. Shaw, who will have four years of eligibility in the fall, joins fellow spring signees, Demetrius Henry (F/C - 6-9 - 210 - Miami, Fla. - Faith Baptist Christian School (Brandon, Fla.)), Duane Notice (G - 6-2 - 200 - Woodbridge, Canada - St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)) and Reggie Theus Jr. (F - 6-6 - 190 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Fairfax), who join early period signees Desmond Ringer (F/C - 6-9 - 260 - McDonough, Ga. - Eagle's Landing), Justin McKie (G - 6-4 - 180 - Columbia, S.C. - Irmo) and Sindarius Thornwell (G - 6-5 - 180 - Lancaster, S.C. - Oak Hill Academy) and semester addition Tyrone Johnson (G - 6-3 - 202 - Plainfield, N.J. - Montrose Christian/Villanova).
Below is a brief capsule and quote from Martin on Shaw.
Jaylen Shaw (G - 6-1 - 175 - Hartsville, S.C. - Hartsville)
Earned back-to-back state championships at Hartsville, including in 2013 when he scored 23 points, dished seven assists and collected eight rebounds ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by 247sports.com and ESPN.com ... Rated as the No. 8 prospect in the state of South Carolina by ESPN.com ... Played in recent SC All-Star game with fellow signees Justin McKie and Sindarius Thornwell.
Martin on Shaw:
"We're excited about Jaylen Shaw. The young man is an ultimate competitor. He's proven that he's a winner by getting back-to-back state championships. We are excited about the athleticism and skill that he brings to our team."
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I was a little skeptical of Shaw when his commitment was announced. I've watched him play a number of times and I wondered if he could be a difference-maker on the D-1 big stage. After talking to some coach friends, I feel better about that. However, this article says he was rated as the #8 player in the state. I can tell you this for an absolute fact - there was no player in SCHSL in the state of South Carolina this year who is better than Shaw. Not sure where #8 came from. Maybe the Gaffney kid in Chicago is better, and Thornwell too, but I can't imagine any others in the state being ahead of him.
William would you please give us your thoughts about his game? THANKS!
Small school and not playing AAU hurt his ranking. If a kid can play..then he can play. His not having a ton of exposure and not doing the things that will bring him to the attention of those that put those list together does not change a thing. If he listens to the coaching he can be good here.
I agree, as far as the players I've seen. Being a 6' tall PG puts you in the same category as millions of other prospects, so that hurt him. He is quite a bit better than the kid who is going to klimpsom. He is better than Matt what's his name, the one going to Penn, or someplace up there. Shaw is a good bit better than McKie, as of right now, also, imo. McKie and the kid that is going to klimpsom have some projectables that Shaw doesn't have for college ball, and I think that is what the rankings are based on.
Shaw has the kind of athleticism that, if he concentrates on being a pass first PG, then he can be good.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Jaylen is going to be a good player. Very explosive and battle tested. Will throw it down on you!!!!
This post was edited by willg7477 11 months ago
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