Lamont Paris has landed his first dedication since taking on as the pinnacle coach at South Carolina.
Former Evansville guard Troy Boynton introduced his pledge to USC on Saturday evening. Boynton has 4 years of eligibility remaining and reportedly held provides from Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson, North Florida, Cornell and Evansville out of highschool.
The Florida native didn’t seem in a sport for the Purple Aces this yr on account of an undisclosed harm and entered the switch portal in late December.
He will probably be a walk-on with the Gamecocks.
Boynton performed highschool at The Baylor School in Chattanooga and was recruited by Paris whereas there. Paris got here to USC after 5 years as the pinnacle coach at Chattanooga, the place he guided the Mocs to the 2022 NCAA match and a near-upset of Illinois within the first spherical.
Boynton and Paris reconnected in latest months. When Paris got here to USC, he acquired again in contact with Boynton, who determined to return to Columbia with out having visited the varsity.
“I committed without even seeing the campus,” Boynton stated. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. I know the guys that Lamont hired, and I know a of great things about South Carolina. I will be coming up soon. … I’ve built a great relationship with those guys, went up to Chattanooga a couple of times. That’s how our relationship got started.”
South Carolina employed Paris after firing Frank Martin following 10 years on the helm in Columbia. Since Martin’s dismissal March 14, six gamers from the 2021-22 roster entered the switch portal.
The Gamecocks completed the 2021-2022 season 18-13 and 9-9 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina was not chosen for a postseason match.
Boynton stated he can carry an offensive sport to USC, however he’s additionally a participant with a defensive mindset.
“I’m a big playmaker,” Boynton stated. “Biggest thing I am is a defender. I’ve always guarded the best guy on the court. I’m a 6-5 athletic guard, super athletic. I’m able to finish above the rim. I’m a combo guard, can play the point, two or three. I’m a team player and can do whatever they need me to do.”
Boynton stated a few of the different colleges to contact him whereas he was within the portal had been Colgate, Mercer, High Point and Loyola of Chicago.
Boynton received’t be happening scholarship instantly with the Gamecocks when he arrives this summer season.
“I’m going to come in as a walk-on at the beginning,” Boynton stated. “That’s what he did at Chattanooga. Guys transferring out of the portal, he wanted them to prove their spot. I like that he does that. It will probably be a matter of time until I do my part to show that I’m healthy and good. My wrist is feeling good and I’m pretty confident in myself.”
— Phil Kornblut contributed to this story.
Gamecocks roster departures
An inventory of South Carolina gamers who will probably be both transferring or declaring for NBA Draft Listed with new school the place relevant.
Keyshawn Bryant (April 7)
Mike Green (March 28)
Devin Carter (March 28)
Wildens Leveque (March 27) — Massachusetts
Ta’Quan Woodley (March 26) — Massachusetts
Jermaine Couisnard (March 25)
Erik Stevenson (March 24) — West Virginia
This story was initially revealed April 16, 2022 8:08 PM.