June 3, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Tuesday the signing of Shamiek Sheppard (G/F - 6-6 - 215 - Brooklyn, N.Y. - South Shore (HS)/Fishburne Military School (Waynesboro City, Va.)) and James Thompson (F - 6-9 - 215 - Baton Rouge, La. - Parkview Baptist High School) to National Letters of Intent, joining fall signees TeMarcus Blanton and Marcus Stroman. All four signees will join the Gamecocks for the 2014-15 campaign with four years of eligibility beginning next fall.
"With the addition of Shamiek [Sheppard] and James [Thompson], combined with Marcus [Stroman] and TeMarcus [Blanton], I'm once again extremely excited about the job our staff has done in identifying the right people and the right kind of players as we continue to build our program," Martin said with the additional spring signees.
"Unfortunately, Jaylen Shaw and Desmond Ringer will not be returning to our team next season; two fine young men, from two great families, who sacrificed for our team," Martin said. "We will always be grateful for their contributions and efforts this past season."
Below is a brief capsule and quote from Martin on Sheppard and Thompson, as well as capsules and quotes on Blanton and Stroman from the fall signing period.
Shamiek Sheppard (G/F - 6-6 - 215 - Brooklyn, N.Y. - South Shore (HS)/Fishburne Military School (Waynesboro City, Va.))
Martin on Sheppard: "Shamiek Sheppard is a strong, athletic guard, that we like to call a power guard, who can be a high-volume rebounder and slasher. He plays with an unbelievable amount of toughness and strength, and he should be a tremendous addition to our depth at the guard position. He gives us a different dimension than what we've had."
James Thompson (F - 6-9 - 215 - Baton Rouge, La. - Parkview Baptist High School)
Martin on Thompson: "James Thompson is a 6-9, long, athletic, rebounding shot-blocker, that we feel is going to be a great addition to our front line. He brings the ability to block shots, and that is something added to things that we were missing on last year's team."
November 2013 Signees
TeMarcus Blanton (G - 6-5 - 185 - Locust Grove, Georgia/Luella High School)
Martin on Blanton (from Nov. 2013)
Marcus Stroman (G - 6-2 - 170 - Columbia, S.C./Keenan High School)
Martin on Stroman (from Nov. 2013)
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