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A’ja Wilson day-to-day with ankle injury, and South Carolina may have dodged a bullet

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Welcome to The Bounceback, a new weekly feature focused on South Carolina basketball. We’ll dig into the storylines from the past few games and preview the week ahead.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Minnesota at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

That sound you heard around 10:15 this morning was the sound of Gamecocks women’s basketball fans everywhere letting out a sigh of relief. A’ja Wilson ended up leaving the game late in the 4th quarter of #5 South Carolina’s 81-62 win over Florida yesterday after landing awkwardly on the foot of Gators forward Haley Lorenzen. Fortunately, after initial evaluations today, the injury doesn’t sound to be as serious as it did when it first occurred.

That doesn’t exactly mean that Wilson won’t miss any time at all: the team welcomes Georgia to the CLA on Thursday night, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see her held out for precautionary reasons. But it looks like the team has dodged a major bullet when it comes to the health of their top scorer and star player.

Hinson full-time hoops now

Evan Hinson was recruited to play both football and basketball at South Carolina. Now that football season is over, he is now focusing 100% on basketball.

Hinson was an All-State basketball player while at Deltona (Fla.), where he was coached by his father, Denny, a former standout at Indiana State and ex-D1 assistant. The younger Hinson averaged 20.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a senior and was a 57% shooter from the floor (51% from three). We’ll see just how much of an impact he can make on the basketball team, but he certainly has a strong and desirable skillset.

Rankings and stats

The Gamecock women remained at #5 in this week’s AP poll. The men received seven votes this week, behind only Seton Hall in the RV column (the Pirates received 11).

Several Gamecocks showing up at the top of the SEC on the stat sheet: on the women’s side, A’ja Wilson is the league’s fourth-highest scorer (16.9) and is second in blocks per game (2.2); Alaina Coates leads in field goal percentage (69%) and is second in rebounds per game (10.8). For the men, Sindarius Thornwell is fourth in PPG (18.4) and leads in steals per game (2.4), while P.J. Dozier is a tenth of a steal behind him in that department.

Teamwise, the men are 10th nationally and tops in the SEC in scoring defense (60.0 points allowed per game) and fifth nationally in field goal percentage (37.1%). The women are third in Division 1 in margin of victory (27.4) and in field goal percentage defense (32.7%), and sit at eighth in rebound margin (11.7). Their scoring offense (81.6 ppg) and scoring defense (54.1 points allowed per game) rank as 13th nationally.

This Week

at Tennessee (8-7, 1-2 SEC) Wednesday (6:30pm, SEC Network)
vs. Ole Miss (10-5, 1-2 SEC) Saturday (6:30pm, ESPNU)

vs. Georgia (10-6, 2-1 SEC) Thursday (7pm, SEC Network)
at (RV) LSU (13-3, 2-1 SEC) Sunday (3pm ET/2pm CT, SEC Network+)

Finally, this is cool.

Jory Fleming has autism and is headed to Oxford in the fall on a Rhodes scholarship. NBC did a story on him that you can watch here. Awesome story that you should check out when you have a chance.