Frank Martin Looks to Bring Life Back to Gamecock Basketball

University of South Carolina

Frank Martin is changing the culture of South Carolina basketball from the ground up.

It’s no secret around Carolina that Darrin Horn was not the most liked of coaches and it showed in more ways than one. Martin is just different.  Martin has even done away with the popular, “Garnet Army” which had become a favorite amongst the students at South Carolina. Gone are the memories of Horn and his regime.  Martin is bringing his own swagger to a Gamecocks program that desperately need revitalizing.  He’s also bringing in the recruits.  


Marcus Stroman who committed back in August is just one of the many changes Martin is bring to Carolina.  Much like how Steve Spurrier brought the football program from mediocrity by signing key in-state recruits like Marcus Lattimore, Martin is finally starting to get some of the player he’s been recruiting to commit to Gamecock basketball.  The Keenan High School Raider will be one of the focal points of a Martin class that needs to address point guard production.  


Stroman may not be, “The Lattimore of basketball” but the 6-1, 180 pound point guard is a native to Columbia, South Carolina is an electrifying talent.  Stroman follows a long list of Carolina point guards with names such as Bruce Ellington and Devan Downey. While Stroman may not be cat quick like the aforenamed Ellington or Downey, Stroman possess the skills to get into the lane when he wants to.  He is also a respectable shooter from the point guard position.  One of the biggest things Stroman brings to the table is added solid depth to the point guard position. The Gamecocks starting point-guard also has a part-time gig catching passes on Saturdays, Stroman is going to have to be able to step in and learn quickly. Although Stroman is a little undersized, he makes up for his lack of size with his tenacity and ability to get to the rim and finish.  With Ellington splitting time between the hardwood and the gridiron, even a stud athlete like him can begin to show signs of wear and tear. Stroman can be a valued assset to the team.

Stroman will be a player that Martin will need to develop if he wants he to blossom into what he needs him to be.  Stroman has already proven that the spotlight is not too bright having already played against the likes University of Southern California recruit Sindarious Thornwell in their game versus Oak Hill Academy, Stroman has already matched up against some of the best in the nation.