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South Carolina Basketball: Frank Martin Getting It Done on the Recruiting Trail

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15:  Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats reacts against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Adam GarrettAnalyst IApril 20, 2012

Frank Martin has been on the job for a few short weeks but has the Gamecocks on fire on the recruiting trail in the past 24 hours. 

Martin has landed four commitments for the upcoming 2012-2013 season to go along with current Gamecock signee Tyrone Haughton to give the Gamecocks five fresh faces for next year. 

The first commitment for Frank Martin was Thaddeus Hall, a 6'5" wing player from New York. Hall has had some issues during his high school career ranging from academics to being homeless his first few seasons. Things are looking up for the young man now that he's on the verge of becoming a Gamecock. 

Hall is the confident scorer who will bring a much needed boost to the backcourt in the form of a scorer from all ranges. His coach mentioned on the radio that Hall scored 30 points in six minutes during one of their recent playoff games. The talent is there. 

Academics are the issue for Hall right now, but he is close to qualifying and will take the SAT on May 5th with hopes of landing the qualifying score. 

The next commitment of the night was from Mindaugas Kacinas. Kacinas is from Lithuiania but was playing at Word of Life Prep School in Witchita, Kansas at the placement of Frank Martin during his time at Kansas State. Kacinas plays the post at 6'8" tall but will probably be able to play outside given most Europeans style of play. 

The connection he had with Frank Martin at Kansas State helped lead the way for Kacinas to come to South Carolina. 

The third commitment for the Gamecocks is another Lithuanian player by the name of Laimonas Chatkevicius. Chatkevicius was a former signee with Kansas State when Frank Martin was the coach there but got his release and decided to follow Martin to South Carolina. 

Chatkevicius is a bigger player than Kacinas standing 6'10" tall but has an outside game that can stretch all the way to the three-point line. He's also a player that can run the floor. The Gamecocks need another big man in the middle and Chatkevicius could be that player. 

The final commitment for the Gamecocks was guard Tarik Phillip from New York. Phillip played at Brooklyn College Academy before transferring down to Charlotte to play at Queen City Prep School. Phillip is capable of playing both guard positions for the Gamecocks with his height of 6'3" and weighing 195 pounds. 

Phillip scored 26 points a game and also had seven assists and is considered a "true" point guard according to his coach. The Gamecocks needed a point guard in this class and found one with Tarik Phillip. 

These new players bring a lot of variety on the court and can hopefully re-energize the Gamecock program under new coach Frank Martin. 

South Carolina has one scholarship remaining for the 2012-2013 season. 

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