With two unexpected scholarships to fill, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin dipped into the JUCO ranks to grab a player that can step in immediately next season. Hassani Gravett, a 6'2" guard out of Pensacola Junior College originally from the Atlanta area, committed to the Gamecocks this evening and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Gravett originally signed with the Big South's Gardner-Webb before opting for a prep year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He would then pledge to Louisiana-Lafayette back in November 2014 before leaving the program and enrolling with Pensacola JC. The Pirates went 12-14 last season; Gravett, while dealing with injury throughout the campaign, was good for an average of 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists despite only playing twelve of the final fourteen games of the year. According to the Pensacola News-Journal, he was hearing from West Virginia, Mizzou and ECU, among others.
Gravett's pledge means that the Gamecocks have one more scholarship to fill after the dismissal of Eric Cobb and Jamall Gregory left them with two extra ones. The program hopes that Delaware transfer Kory Holden chooses to continue his college career at South Carolina; if he does, the team will have filled the empty spots. However, Holden would have to sit a year due to NCAA regulations; Gravett will be able to play right away as a JUCO to D-1 transfer.