The Gamecocks found one more surprise down in the bottom of their Easter basket when 6-foot-2 guard Duane Notice verbally committed to South Carolina.
6-3 guard Duane Notice of Toronto has committed to USC over Duquesne.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) April 1, 2013
Notice originally had planned to pick Saturday night at 10 p.m. but delayed that decision to think more about his decision. His two finalists were South Carolina and Duquesne.
The Gamecocks will have to make room for Notice on the roster next season as they are technically full on scholarships with current players, signees and transfers. It's expected that there will be attrition from the roster so the fact that South Carolina has accepted his commitment likely signifies the start of a new look for the Gamecocks.
Notice is from Toronto so Duquesne would have made sense but apparently, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up based on what he told Gamecock Central's Glenn Elrod.
Duane Notice on why he chose USC >>> "My family and I recognized a great opportunity."— Glenn Elrod (@GCRivalsGlenn) April 1, 2013
He's right. There is a great opportunity here at South Carolina to get in on the ground floor with Frank Martin. Last season will likely be forgotten by most as part of the "transitional" year from the previous staff to Martin and his team of coaches. Notice brings to the table a lot of what Martin wants in a player. He's a tough player that can mix it up at point guard while primarily being a shooting guard. He works hard and his high school coaches think highly of him.
Here's a short video of Notice from NorthPoleHoops:
Notice will bring his talents to Columbia along with Desmond Ringer, Sindarious Thornwell and Justin McKie as the current class of 2013 for the Gamecocks. Villanova transfer Tyrone Johnson will be eligible to play after the fall semester of 2013 is over.
The Gamecocks are still recruiting Demetrius Henry, Jaylen Shaw, Darryl Reynolds, Sherrod Millinghaus and Leroy Fludd so this won't be the last of commitments for South Carolina.
The fun doesn't stop here.