New head coach Frank Martin has yet to coach a game at South Carolina but he may have to do so without two of his best players.
Reports online and on Twitter are saying that Anthony Gill and Damontre Harris have requested their release from South Carolina. Gill and Harris are the two best potential low-post players for South Carolina and could certainly hurt the roster for the 2012-2013 season if they were to transfer.
Carey Rich from 560 The Team said on Twitter that Gill asked for his release after receiving inquiries from ACC schools. Now this could be a tampering situation that could get said ACC schools in trouble but we'll see if that can actually be proved by the NCAA.
Gill was a true freshman for South Carolina this season and finished as the team's third-leading scorer this year with 7.6 points-per-game. Gill also averaged 4.7 rebounds per game for South Carolina.
Harris was the tough-nosed defender in the low-post and added 71 blocks this season to go along with a 6.8 points-per-game average.
Both Gill and Harris should expect to be important parts of this upcoming season for Frank Martin. Gill and Harris are talented enough to compete with the bigger players in the SEC. South Carolina needs both players on their side or else it could be another season of struggles for the Gamecocks.
Frank Martin is expected to meet with the players after returning from the Final Four this past weekend.
Hopefully Martin will be able to convince these two players to stay in Columbia. The future is bright for Gamecock basketball and these two players will play a role in that rebuilding process.