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Behind-the-Scenes with the Gamecocks at SEC Basketball Media Day

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One of the markers of the official start of basketball season is in the books as SEC Media Day was held in Birmingham, Alabama, today.

Each program is represented by their head coach and one student-athlete. Darrin Horn, Dawn Staley, and senior student-athletes Malik Cooke and Markeshia Grant were on hand to talk to the media, take photos and film interviews in preparation for the Gamecocks' upcoming season.

Check out behind-the-scenes photos from the day below:

Every SEC school participates in Media Day, broken up into four sessions, each about two hours long, with three schools assigned to each session. This year the Gamecocks joined Florida and Arkansas for the final session of the day. The participants go through a rotation of several rooms at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. The Gamecocks spoke to print media and local TV, the SEC's own staff for a live stream on the SEC Digital Network, filmed interview segments for the league's various broadcast partners (ESPN, FOX Sports South, CSS) for use during the season, spoke to Sirius/XM radio, took still photos for ESPN, and more.

Videos of our interviews in the media room are available on All-Access.

Among other topics, Coach Staley discussed the team's great chemistry and strong post-season chances. She praised the team's veteran leaders implementing their own "buddy system" to help acclimate the new members of the team and says it did wonders for the team. Coach Horn discussed the great potential for Malik Cooke to lead the team and how facing some tough challenges this spring actually helped bring the team closer together. A lot of media were interested in hearing about newcomers Anthony Gill, Damien Leonard and Brenton Williams, who are all doing well with a few weeks of practice now under their belts. 

The event takes a great deal of planning and organization on the part of the conference office. SEC staff members work throughout the day to keep everyone on schedule and moving smoothly through the rotation of different stations.

We kept fans in the loop via Twitter throughout the day and took a moment for Malik to give Gamecock Nation a special hello.

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Men's Basketball will host an exhibition game vs. Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. Women's Basketball will take on Limestone in an exhibition game the following night, Nov. 4, at 7:00 p.m. Both games are at Colonial Life Arena. Season tickets for both teams are still available via

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