Friday, August 27, 2010

Hoops get another New Yorker

The New York Post reported today that one of its locals, Long Island City's Latiq Agard, committed to the JSU basketball program Thursday and plans to sign over the weekend.

It's uncertain if he's signing for this year or next year. If it's for this year, the Gamecocks are already over the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships -- based on returning players and those they signed early -- and even though school already has started they say they can go up to last day of drop-add (Aug. 30) before settling on and annoucing their 2010-11 roster.

They eased the roster pressure by one spot earlier this summer by not renewing John Barnes' scholarship. He recently signed with West Georgia and will face the Gamecocks this year in an exhibition game.

Agard, 21, comes to the Gamecocks from Seward County (Kan.) CC by way of Christ the King High School, The Patterson (N.C.) School and some place called New Creation in Indiana -- where he played with fellow JSU newcomer Leke Lewu. He averaged 16 points and five rebounds last year at Seward County.

“The whole time, they were up front: ‘if you come here, you’re that scorer we need,’” Agard was quoted as saying in the Post.

That could make for a strong combination with Trenton Marshall, the reigning OVC scoring champion and the first conference scoring champion in Gamecocks' history -- if he's still on the roster.

As for the New York reference, Agard will join Nick Murphy as Gamecocks from the Big Apple.

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