The Gamecocks are in the hunt for another high-scoring guard with the departures of Sindarius Thornwell (graduation) and P.J. Dozier (declared for draft). According to SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut, C.J. Bryce, who announced his transfer UNC Wilmington after Kevin Keatts was hired as Mark Gottfried’s replacement, arrived yesterday for an official visit on the South Carolina campus and will complete it today. Bryce will need to sit a year due to NCAA regulations and then have two years of eligibility remaining.
Bryce was the Seahawks’ leading scorer last year at 17.4 points per game. He was fairly efficient from the field, sinking 48.4% of his shots and holding a 33% mark from outside. He landed on the CAA’s all-conference first team after the season following the Seahawks’ regular season title.
Bryce took an official visit to N.C. State earlier this week. Virginia is another team that may figure into the discussion, along with several other ACC programs like Miami and Wake Forest. As early as last week, he had slotted the Wolfpack as his leader. Will that change after his visit in Columbia? We’ll keep an eye on it, but in my view the Gamecocks might have an uphill battle considering Keatts’ pre-existing relationship with him over the past few years.
Speaking of transfer guards...
Mark Alstork update
Alstork took his final official to LSU on Monday to meet with first-year head coach Will Wade and members of the team. He is expected to wrap up his recruitment by taking an unofficial visit to Rick Pitino and Louisville today before announcing his final decision on Saturday.
If the Gamecocks are to land Alstork, they’ll gain the services of a player that is eligible immediately as a grad transfer and would serve as a dynamic complement to Kory Holden in the team’s new-look backcourt this coming fall.