Welcome back to the feed pail, where we take a look around the internet for some choice South Carolina Gamecocks tidbits and share them back here with you. On the menu this morning: South Carolina could have another two-sport standout, A’ja Wilson is having a potentially historic WNBA season, and a few other things.
With Fields in the fold, Gamecocks earn two-sport threat — Will Palaszczuk, Sports Talk
The recruiting news continued to roll in with a commitment from 2020 outfielder/running back Brandon Fields out of Orlando, Fla., who hopes to play both football and baseball for the Gamecocks. The three-star gridiron prospect has a 9.5 out of 10 grade from the baseball scouting service Perfect Game, so it seems likely that baseball is his primary focus — and, more tellingly, the MLB Draft could be a factor. We’ll have to wait and see how things unfold.
Is A’ja Wilson having the best WNBA rookie season ever? — Greg Hadley, The State
It’s a question worth asking, because wow. The former No. 1 overall pick and Gamecock legend has made quite an impact for the Las Vegas Aces, as Wilson is currently top five in the league in points and rebounds per game, as well as in the top 10 in blocks. This piece is a nice breakdown of how her season stacks up historically to other WNBA stars, as well as her chances of winning league honors this year.
Jamarcus King joins forces with Swagg
The former Gamecock cornerback was picked up by Washington Redskins, where he’ll have good company with fellow ex-USC defensive back DJ Swearinger.
Former South Carolina CB Jamarcus King is heading to the #Redskins and will sign a contract at the start of training camp, per source— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) July 3, 2018
South Carolina was officially named the Palmetto Series victors from this past academic year, making it the third straight win the Gamecocks have earned in this particular competition. For the uninitiated, the Palmetto Series stacks up Carolina and Clemson’s head-to-head results from all applicable athletic programs, and also throws in team GPAs and an annual food drive. The Gamecocks won 9-5, earning their points for wins in women’s soccer, women’s golf and women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s cross country, men and women’s tennis, as well as earning the food drive point and the academic point.
In a similar competition on a national scale, South Carolina finished just outside the Top 25 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup, which ranks universities based on the overall success of their athletic departments. The Gamecocks amassed the second-highest points total in school history with 768, highlighted by standout seasons from women’s soccer, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and women’s tennis.