South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley has already led the women’s basketball program to several firsts. The 2014-15 season saw the Gamecocks advance to its first Final Four, followed by its first-ever No. 1 ranking and first national championship in 2016-17. This year, she’s accomplished another first in signing the program’s first-ever top-ranked recruiting class, one that includes the No. 3, No. 7, No. 10 and No. 13 players.
There’s obviously high hopes that the incoming class can help the Gamecocks get back to the top, and if Toledo (Oh.) Rogers point guard Zia Cooke’s play is any indication, Staley and company will be set. Cooke, the No. 7 player in the country, dropped 43 in a game against East Kentwood (Mich.) on Saturday night. Check out this highlight video that features several effortless no-look passes and a poor East Kentwood player getting faked out:
South Carolina commit, Zia Cooke scored 43 points in a high school game last night. Watch highlights: pic.twitter.com/H8OMcjyGhL— ment nelson (@mentnelson) December 16, 2018
Even Chance the Rapper was impressed:
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