Frank Martin's Class of 2013




Jaylen Shaw
Three Star point guard Jaylen Shaw from Hartsville, South Carolina averaged 23 points, 8 assists and 3 steal’s during his Senior campaign for the Hartsville Red Foxes, while leading them to back to back 3A State Championships. Shaw was rated the 6th best player in the state of South Carolina by Maxpreps.com.  Shaw shows great ability with the ball in his hands, being able to create separation from defenders and making shots with a hand in his face. His jump shot is most effective from around the 15 foot mark but shows the touch to hit from deep as well. Shaw also has the quickness and strength to get in the lane and finish at the rim, even playing above the rim at times at only 6-1; there is no doubt regarding Shaw’s athleticism. Shaw is a good defender as well and seems to find himself in passing lanes quite often forcing transition baskets. Below is a highlight film of Jaylen Shaw and I believe it is safe to say with Ellington at the helm and newcomers such as Shaw, Duane Notice and Justin Mckie joining the program that the future of the South Carolina backcourt is very promising. After committing to the Gamecocks this is what Shaw’s high school coach, Aric Samuel had to say about what type of player the South Carolina basketball program is gaining. “He is an outstanding person, full of great values and does everything he is supposed to do. He is a hard worker and loves to win. His main charge is winning, if he has to neglect himself for the best of the team he will do whatever is necessary.”

Sindarius Thornwell The 6-5, 190 pound shooting guard and the state of South Carolina’s number 1 rated high school prospect committed to the Gamecocks on October 1st, 2012 and has been the main focus of Frank Martin’s recruiting class since doing so. Thornwell is nationally ranked as the 43rd best player in the country and 11th best player at the shooting guard position. Thornwell finished his high school career playing at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, joining a long line of great basketball talents that have also played for the “Warriors”. During his junior season at Lancaster High, Thornwell averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists a game before deciding to play his senior season under the legendary coach Steve Smith at OHA in Virginia. Thornwell shows great scoring instincts and is able to create shots on his own. He also has a good first step and the strength to blow by defenders to get to the rim. Thornwell possesses a decent jump shot that should progress over time at the college level, but is good enough to hit open looks at the basket. With his long wingspan of 6-9, he is able to make plays on the defensive side due to his length and instincts. Thornwell has played a little point/forward over his career and could bring that to the table while at South Carolina as well. Overall Sindarius Thornwell is a great talent to have and with his versatility with the ball in his hands or not; he will make an immediate impact on both sides of the court and very well could be the best player on the team in his first season.
Desmond Ringer This three star 6'9 Center from Eagles Landing High School in Mcdonough, Georgia has quick feet and good hands for a young big man who is still in development. He is not flashy but a "worker bee" as some would call it. He is an in game grinder and won't be afraid to get big and dirty down low in the paint when needed. Below is a highlight video of his whole team; Ringer is #32 (you can't miss him!)
Duane Notice Notice is a three star 6'2 Guard with a big upper body ready for SEC play. Originally from Toronto; Notice played at St. Thomas More, a prep school, in Connecticut. His quickness and larger frame up top helps him take on contact and finish at the rim. His frame is very comparable to John Wall when Wall played at Kentucky. Check out the highlight video below. He is a beast! He is the 35th ranked point guard in the country.
Reggie Theus Jr. Theus, who Block C Blog will refer to as the "Cali Kid", is a two star 6'6 Forward is from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of UNLV and NBA Player Reggie Theus. He has a decent frame and can flow seamlessly in transition. He's a gritty rebounder, and like Ringer, will be able to battle down low. Check out his highlight video below.
Justin McKie Justin is a shooting guard that comes to us from Irmo High School. As a senior he led the Yellow Jackets to a second straight state title scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 boards.  Justin averaged 18 points and 4.5 rebounds during his senior season, helping Irmo finish with an undefeated record of 29-0.  After the season McKie was named both the SC Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year and SC Mr. Basketball, an award shared by his father BJ, who won it in 1995. 
Demetrius Henry Henry is a 6' 9" four-star power forward from Brandon, Flordia. He graduated from Northeast in 2012 and reclassified to play for Faith Baptist Christian School where he averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during his senior year.  We need a great post player and we got one. He will play a big part of this incoming 2013 class.  Henry belives in this program and believes in what Frank Martin is building at South Carolina. Henry knows coming to South Carolina means doing something that has never been done before, it's a challenge that he has chose to accept.