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South Carolina's best high school basketball player was back in the gym the day after his team was knocked out of the class 3-A playoffs last week.

SG Damien Leonard Profile

CUTigers spoke to J.L. Mann High School shooting guard Damien Leonard, who is rated as a Scout.com four-star and ranked as the No. 8 shooting guard for the class of 2011.

Last Tuesday, Mann was bumped from the playoffs by Upper State champion Daniel.

"The day after, I just started lifting weights and I went back to the gym, like I usually do," Leonard said.

A frequent guest in Clemson this season, Leonard was expected to be back in Tigertown Tuesday night for Clemson's home finale against Georgia Tech.

"I've probably been to every home game," he said.

This winter, Leonard has also attended two games at South Carolina and traveled up to Blacksburg for a Virginia Tech game.

"Clemson and Virginia Tech are kind of similar. Both of their campuses are kind of small. South Carolina is kind of different, because it's in the city," he said. "All the coaches have told me pretty much the same thing, like where they wanted me and what I would do to benefit their team if I chose their school."

Leonard said Clemson, Virginia Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State keep in the most contact with him.

His other offers include: Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Louisville and Virginia Tech. He claims no favorites and still plans to make a decision before his senior season at Mann.

He also revealed a top nine in his latest interview with Scout.com, naming Virginia Tech, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Texas, Wake Forest, Kansas, UConn and Indiana among his favorites.

"I'll sign during that signing period before basketball season," Leonard said.

The 2011 standout averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists this season for the Patriots.

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