Frank Martin has yet to coach a game as the head coach of South Carolina but he's already done a lot to improve the Gamecocks basketball in his short time in Columbia.
The most recent example is the commitment of 2014 point guard Marcus Stroman from Keenan High School. Stroman made the pledge to the Gamecocks Monday afternoon after a recent visit to the Gamecocks last week all but put USC in the driver's seat to land Stroman.
Stroman's commitment is a big recruiting get for the new Gamecocks' head coach. He's expected to be one of the top players in state during the 2014 recruiting cycle. This will enable USC to focus on other needs in the 2013 class now that their point guard of the future is in the fold.
Martin has convinced Stroman of his role with the Gamecocks and it's one of the main reasons why he chose USC. The proximity to home is also a huge factor for Stroman as he wanted his family to have the ability to watch him play in-person.
Stroman is not yet rated on the 247sports.com network but was receiving interest from some big schools like Clemson and Georgetown.
Many people expect Stroman to "blow up" on the AAU circuit soon and look for more interested teams in the 6'1" 165-pound point guard from Columbia. He seems to play like a true point guard with a pass-first mentality. He does have a quick-step to attack the basket and plays some great defense.
He's not a player that will compare to Devan Downey or Tre Kelley but he's just as good in other ways.
Marcus Stroman is a welcome addition to the Gamecocks basketball program. It's a shame we have to wait two years before we get him on campus.
Welcome aboard Marcus!