South Carolina has accepted a commitment from 6'1 / 165 star PG Marcus Stroman. A local product out of Keenan High School, Stroman is a member of the class of 2014. Rivals rates Stroman as a three star, while TBS basketball analyst William Gunter predicts that 247 will give him four stars. Stroman is the first in-state commitment for new Carolina coach Frank Martin. His only other offer was from Clemson, but he had drawn interest from Georgetown and FSU and is undoubtedly the type of player who could get attention from strong programs as he gets closer to graduating, particularly if he continues to blow up on the AAU circuit.
Stroman's decision isn't exactly surprising. He has said multiple times that he wants to play his ball close to home and had previously named South Carolina as his leader while Darrin Horn was still the head coach. He reiterated the importance of staying home today, as Gunter reports:
Despite never naming any leaders or top groups publicly, Stroman told TheBigSpur.com back in November that playing close to home and in front of his family would be a huge factor for him. He reiterated that point again on Monday.
"That was really the big thing in committing," Stroman said. "To have my family be able to watch pretty much all my games is very important. It is exciting to have them around and have them be a part of my career and that is all that really matters."
The only question was whether or not Martin would be able to establish a good relationship with Stroman after Martin replaced Horn, but considering Martin's recruiting prowess and the general level of fanfare surrounding his arrival in Columbia, this question was more academic than anything else.
What kind of player is Stroman, though? This video, although not a comprehensive vision of Stroman's game, should give you some idea.
Marcus Stroman (via scballerz)
As you can begin to see here, Stroman isn't the Tre Kelley, Devan Downey, or Bruce Ellington type. He is a pass-first PG, although he does have the speed and first step necessary to get to the basket and score the ball. You can also see that he's a good defender who can create points off turnovers. His athleticism reminds a lot of people of Rajon Rondo. While it's way too early to start talking seriously about an NBA star and former Kentucky Wildcat like Rando in connection to Stroman, you have to admit there's some resemblance. If he can develop a better jump shot, he could be a star. In any event, his ability to distribute and defend makes him a good fit for what Martin wants his PGs to do, and that, in addition to wanting to play close to home, has a lot to do with why he chose us. Welcome to the family, Marcus.