South Carolina added a coveted post player on Wednesday when 2013 forward recruit Demetrius Henry announced his commitment to the Gamecocks.
Henry decided to pick South Carolina over his other finalist Miami in a battle that when down to the wire as it came down to staying close to his home in Florida or playing for Frank Martin in Columbia.
In the end, Martin and the Gamecocks won out thanks to to the close relationship between Henry and the Gamecocks' head coach.
Martin has been recruiting Henry for several years now, dating back to his time at Kansas State. When Martin took over the South Carolina head coaching position last year, he made Henry an even bigger priority knowing that a low-post presence was needed in Columbia.
Another person considered to be helpful in the recruitment of Henry has to be Sindarious Thornwell. The Gamecocks' top signee has been recruiting Henry for South Carolina since sometime in late 2012 and upped those efforts on Henry's official visit when Thornwell came down to Columbia and spent more time around Henry. It appears that this friendship built over the last few months played another big role in getting Henry to choose South Carolina.
In Henry, the Gamecocks are adding a low-post player who has a nice frame at 6-foot-8 and around 220 pounds. He's got the ability to be a strong player down low for the Gamecocks and can knock the short-range jumpshot. If he is able to add a few more pounds between now and the start of the 2013-2014 season, he could find himself in the starting lineup as a true freshman. He should form a nice inside-out combo with Thornwell for the coming years.
Henry is the seventh commitment/signee for the Gamecocks for the upcoming season and he'll be one of eight new faces on the team, including transfer Tyrone Johnson.
Welcome to the Gamecock family Demetrius Henry!