Gamecocks sign point guard, add new assistant basketball coach

COLUMBIA — Add another guard to Frank Martin’s 2016 recruiting class at South Carolina.

Rakym Felder, a Fort Mill native who played high school basketball in New York City, tweeted Saturday afternoon that he had officially signed his National Letter of Intent with the Gamecocks. The three-star point guard was ranked the No. 73 player at his position by 24/7 Sports.

Felder becomes the fifth member of USC’s signing class, joining forwards Maik-Kalev Kotsar and Seedee Keita, and guards Hassani Gravett and Kory Holden. Gravett comes from Pensacola State College while Holden is a transfer from Delaware and must sit out next season.

Felder, 6-1 and 185 pounds, averaged 16 points per game at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. The Gamecocks lost three senior starters off last season’s 25-9 team, and dismissed a pair of freshmen who were arrested on property damage charges following a BB gun incident.

— Also Saturday, Martin announced the addition of Bruce Shingler as the Gamecocks’ new assistant coach. Shingler comes from Towson and replaces Lamont Evans, who took a job on the staff of new Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood.