COLUMBIA — South Carolina needed a big man and a scorer, and the Gamecocks may have added both in this year’s signing class.
Head coach Frank Martin formally announced the addition of three more signees for this coming season, forward Eric Cobb of Jacksonville, Fla., forward Raymond Doby of St. Louis, and guard Jamall Gregory of Washington, D.C. They join two earlier signees in the Gamecocks’ 2015 class, McDonald’s All-American P.J. Dozier of Columbia and forward Chris Silva of Roselle, N.J.
Cobb, 6-10 and 275 pounds, ranked as the No. 21 power forward nationally according to ESPN, and averages 13 points and nine rebounds as a senior at St. Francis Academy in Baltimore. Doby, 6-7 and 230 pounds, averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in a post-graduate year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin.
Gregory averaged 21 points per game as a senior as Coolidge High School in Washington, and averaged 21 in a post-graduate year at Elev8 Institute in Florida. Martin called the 6-4, 180-pounder an “athletic, high-flying dunker, slasher, scorer” who “is going to bring an athletic dynamic to our guards that we haven’t had.”
The signings continue the remaking of a USC roster which lost one starter from last season, starting guard Tyrone Johnson, but also saw three other players — guard Reggie Theus Jr. and forwards Demetrius Henry and Shamiek Sheppard — leave via transfer. The Gamecocks finished 17-16 last season, their first winning record in six years.