South Carolina welcomed Reggie Theus Jr. to the fold today when the high school senior signed his letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
The signing of Theus Jr. is a surprising one for the Gamecocks as his name was one that was mentioned in previous months but didn't appear to be someone that the Gamecocks were tracking as they worked towards a finalized roster for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. The addition of Theus Jr. likely means that there will be more roster attrition for the Gamecocks on the current roster.
With the addition of Theus Jr., South Carolina adds a 6-foot-6 wing player who appears to be able to fill a role from the shooting guard/small forward position for the Gamecocks. He's got an athletic build that gives him that "slasher" look and can get to the basket. He also has a nice jumpshot in the video attached above. He didn't draw a lot of scholarship offers but did draw interest late from a variety of schools. It appears the Gamecocks became his best option and Frank Martin was willing to add him to the roster for this upcoming season. It doesn't hurt that the family pedigree is there with his father being a former NBA player and current college head coach.
Theus Jr. is the second player to sign today after the Gamecocks inked guard Duane Notice earlier in the afternoon. This is the seventh newcomer to the roster for South Carolina for the upcoming season, which includes transfer Tyrone Johnson. South Carolina has another week before they will have found out the fate of forwards Darryl Reynolds and Demetrius Henry. If both players sign with the Gamecocks, they will become the eighth and ninth new player to join the roster for the upcoming season. It's quite a drastic turnaround from the year before but Frank Martin and his staff obviously feel like its a much need overhaul.
At any event, Theus Jr. looks to be a player who could develop and fill a role for Frank Martin down the road and will help continue build the basketball program to a level it hasn't been in years.