Frank Martin couldn’t land local product Clyde Trapp yesterday, but he was able to add to a growing stable of big men coming into the program next year. Felipe Haase, a Chile native out of Miami Christian in Florida, has committed to the Gamecocks, according to recruiting guru Adam Zagoria.
Haase, a 6’8”, 250-pound forward, originally committed to Colorado State in May. However, he went on to reopen his recruitment in September, with Mizzou and Pitt in the mix along with the Gamecocks and Purdue. He took an official visit to Columbia this past weekend and made his final decision on Thursday morning. As Zagoria notes, Martin, a Miami native, and Miami Christian coach Art Alvarez have been close for a while, so that looks to have played a major factor in Haase’s decision.
Haase joins a pair of commits on board for the 2017 class: 6’8” forward Ibrahim Doubmia and seven-footer Jason Cudd. Delaware transfer Kory Holden will be eligible to play next year as well. This team won’t lack for size in 2017-18: seven players will stand at 6’8” or taller, and for a offense that’s valued interior play, Martin looks to have the pieces in place to continue that trend.