Newly-appointed South Carolina head coach Frank Martin received his first verbal commitment from the class of 2013 on Tuesday evening.
Desmond Ringer, a 6-foot-9 big man from McDonough, Georgia, announced his decision in favor of the Gamecocks via Twitter.
Ringer, who has tremendous strength, is known for his low post skills and ability to bang and take contact. Many of Martin’s big men at Kansas State presented a certain type of athleticism that fit well into the Wildcats’ system. Ringer, on the other hand, plays a more physical game.
According to Rivals.com, Ringer visited the South Carolina campus during the weekend of Sep. 14 and was boasting offers from a number of mid-to-high majors. Just this past weekend, Ringer visited Mercer and it is being reported that that was the school that South Carolina was chosen over.
In Jan. of 2011, as a sophomore, Ringer tore his ACL, but has since recovered and continued to work towards the next level. With a commitment out of the way, Ringer can now focus on his final season at Eagle’s Landing H.S. (GA).
Last season, Ringer averaged a double-double at Eagle’s Landing, finishing the year with 11 points and ten rebounds per game, in addition to four blocks. Ringer’s high school teammate, Eric Wortham, is a Middle Tennessee State commit.
Ringer ran with the Southern Select AAU program during the off-season.
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