Basketball signee ready for next step

Not many seniors see their high school season end in January, but that doesn't keep South Carolina signee Tyrone Haughton down. Look inside as Haughton discusses his final game and what he's doing to get ready for the next level.

Not many seniors see their high school season end in January, but that doesn't keep Tyrone Haughton down.

"Last night was our last game," Haughton said of his season finale on Monday. "It was senior night, so that night was special."

Dr. Krop High School (Miami) was banned from post-season play, so Haughton and his teammates saw their season end early.

"We just had to go out there do it because we can't go to the playoffs or states," Haughton said of the win that capped off his career.

The school's penalty held the 6-foot-9, 207-pound post out of big-time tournaments and didn't allow him to showcase his powerful frontcourt prowess during his senior year in front of most recruiting gurus and national analysts. It also hindered him from reaching his goal of being a state champion.

"It's different," he said. "I'm used to playing against good teams. I'm usually going up against good players, making me better.

"We're used to going to states and playing until March."

Everything isn't all bad for Haughton, as he's been selected to play in two all-star games.

"March 10, I'm going to play in the Dade vs. Broward one," said Haughton, who will also play in the Florida vs. USA Hardwood Classic. "It feels good. I don't know what any other players think, but it feels special."

With his senior season completed, Haughton has turned his focus to graduation, being a regular kid and getting to Columbia to continue his academic and basketball careers.

"Once I get there," he said, "it's going to be a new atmosphere. I can't wait."

Haughton plans to try to get to at least 225 pounds before his college career begins.

As far as what the coaches have told him to focus on: "Just get bigger, keep eating and keep working on my game and stay on top of my school work," he said.

Haughton, who signed to the Gamecocks in November, is rated a three-star center by

According to the Miami Herald, Dr. Krop High School received $53,000 in fines and a three-year postseason ban in September after a six-month FHSAA investigation found the school used five ineligible players and falsified information.

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