South Carolina signed a high-scoring guard from New York in Thaddeus Hall as part of Frank Martin's first signing class as the Gamecocks' head basketball coach.
Hall, however, was unable to qualify after high school and has kind of been low-key ever since. Well, over the weekend, Hall surfaced at one of his high school's former games and told some media members in attendance that he still plans to enroll at South Carolina.
Right now, Hall plans to attend South Plains JUCO in Texas for the next year before heading to South Carolina. He's sitting out the year at JUCO because he enrolled late and will become a part of the team as a sophomore.
If there is a player you want to root for, it's Thaddeus Hall. He's been homeless, spending two years living in a homeless shelter, along with academic issues, due in large part of staying about 2.5 hours away from his former high school. He comes from single family and just overcame plenty of obstacles to be able to continue his career at one of the highest levels.
The wait-and-see here will be whether things work out like Hall wants them to right now, but I'd imagine Frank Martin would be willing to welcome him to the team if Hall is able to keep his academics in order.
South Carolina needs the talent. Now, let's hope Hall can make it in.