Welch to host basketball camp in Goose Creek

Former South Carolina women’s basketball star Aleighsa Welch will hold a basketball camp at Goose Creek. AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt

Former South Carolina women’s basketball great Aleighsa Welch is coming home to hold a camp at her high school.

Welch, an honorable mention All-American as a senior who led the Gamecocks to a program-best 34-3 record and first Final Four berth, will hold a camp a Goose Creek High School on July 25. The basketball camp will be for students in sixth through 12th grades, run from 9 am. to 3 p.m. and cost $50.

Welch was the state girls player of the year at Goose Creek before the 6-0 forward moved on to South Carolina, where she was a three-year captain and All-SEC performer. Welch finished her career at USC as one of just four Gamecocks to compile over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds.

Welch will begin her pro career in September, when she joins a team in Portugal.

She will also hold a three-day camp at USC for first- through fifth-graders, which will run from July 28-30 and cost $75.

Both camps are affiliated with the Dawn Staley camps held by USC’s head coach. For more information, call (803) 777-8824 or register online at dawnstaleybasketballcamp.com.

Clemson right-hander Clate Schmidt and infielder Eli White will both return for the 2016 season after being selected in the 2015 MLB draft in June.

Schmidt was drafted in the 32nd round (No. 951 overall pick) by the Boston Red Sox and White was drafted in the 37th round (No. 1,117 overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but both elected to return to the Tigers for the 2016 season. The deadline for players to sign with an MLB team was Friday at 5 p.m.

“Clate has been a big part of our pitching staff the last three years,” said head coach Monte Lee. “He has made more starts than any other returning starter on the 2016 team. We expect big things from Clate.

“I’m also really excited about Eli coming back for his junior year. He’s been a big part of our program over the last couple of years and will be a centerpiece of our team in 2016.”

Tiger signee and left-hander Jake Higginbotham also will join the 2016 Tigers after being drafted in the 27th round (No. 809 overall pick) by the New York Mets.

USC landed its seventh commitment for the 2016 football recruiting class Friday when DE Cecil Stallings (6-5, 250) of Tucker, Ga., made his pledge to recruiter and co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. He is the first defensive lineman to join the class.

Stallings picked the Gamecocks over Tennessee. Some of his other offers included Miami, Penn State, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.

Stallings attended USC’s junior day in March. He also made stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech in recent months.

“I feel like I fit there,” Stalling said. “Their system, Coach Ward and me have a great relationship. I think I can help the program.”

Clemson continues to mine the state of Georgia for some of its top talent. Linebacker Tre Lamar of Roswell on Friday night committed to the Tigers while at the All-In Cookout.

He is the Tigers’ 11th commitment in the class and the fourth from the Peach State.

Lamar had narrowed his decision to Clemson and Auburn and visited both earlier in the year.

“I just had a good feeling about it and it just felt like the most comfortable place, a home away from home for me,” Lamar said. “I will fit in well. I definitely had a good feeling about it. I don’t have any little feelings about somewhere else. I definitely feel like Clemson was the right place.”

Last season Lamar had 127 tackles and four sacks, and is viewed by defensive coordinator as a middle linebacker.