USC men’s basketball team to travel to Costa Rica in August

Head coach Frank Martin and South Carolina will tour Costa Rica next month. (File, AP)

South Carolina’s men’s basketball team will make a six-day trip to Costa Rica in August, a tour that will include two clinics and a pair of games against the Costa Rican national team.

Under NCAA rules, the Gamecocks will hold 10 practices in Columbia before the trip, scheduled for Aug. 6-12. It will be South Carolina’s first foreign tour since the fall of 2008.

The Gamecocks went 25-9 last season, tying the program record for victories, and reaching the second round of the NIT. USC lost three senior starters off that squad, and had four more non-seniors either depart or dismissed. Head coach Frank Martin signed six new players for next season.

Also Monday, USC women’s head coach Dawn Staley announced the addition of Melanie Balcomb as director of coaching offensive analytics. Balcomb was most recently head coach at Vanderbilt, where she won 340 games in 13 seasons, and made 12 straight NCAA appearances.

Balcomb will assist the staff in developing strategies for growing the game of women’s basketball and providing analytical data pertaining to on-court performance, according to USC. Her duties will not include on-court coaching. She begins at USC on July 15.