South Carolina Strikes Again; 2013 Guard Justin McKie Verbally Commits to Gamecocks

By Paul Seaver

With Frank Martin now in charge at South Carolina, the Gamecocks are looking to work towards a brighter future on the hardwood.

While expectations are seemingly low heading into the 2012-13 season, Martin is off to a terrific start on the recruiting trail, which, in turn benefits that Gamecocks’ growth down the line.

On Sunday night, South Carolina added their third verbal commitment from the class of 2013 with the pledge of 6-foot-3 guard, Justin McKie.

The decision marks the third consecutive week that Martin has landed a new commitment, starting with Desmond Ringer back on Sep. 25 and continuing with top-100 prospect Sindarius Thornwell on Oct. 1.

The name McKie will come off as a familiar one for basketball fans, as Justin’s father, B.J., was a former star for the Gamecocks. However, Justin’s decision did not come down to that connection, although it certainly helped in terms of Martin’s ability to add the South Carolina-native.

McKie currently attends Irmo H.S. (SC) and his decision comes following an official visit to the Columbia-campus. College football fans are more than aware of the big event that took place at USC this past weekend. McKie was in attendance for the Gamecocks’ huge victory over Georgia on Saturday night.

It’s always good for a recruit to take in the campus, especially if they can see the football team get a win. However, it also doesn’t hurt to have your school take out a top five nationally ranked team while ESPN’s College GameDay is on campus either.

During his time on the AAU circuit, McKie ran with the Upward Stars.


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