Martin adds in-state guard

Now that first-year coach Frank Martin has almost solidified his roster for the upcoming season, he's began working on the future. He added his first 2014 commitment, and first local product, Monday when Keenan (Columbia, S.C.) PG Marcus Stroman committed to the Gamecocks.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin reeled in an impressive haul for the 2012 class to round out the Gamecocks for the 2012-13 season.

Now that the first-year coach has almost solidified his roster for the upcoming season, he's began working on the future.

The future starts at home.

Martin picked up his first underclassmen commit in local product Marcus Stroman.

"It feels good to get it out the way," Stroman said of the commitment.

Stroman is a 2014 guard that plays at Keenan High (Columbia, S.C.) and recently showed well at a team camp in Columbia, prompting his offer.

Stroman was offered by the previous South Carolina staff, who were relieved of their duties shortly after the season ended. So the current staff had to re-recruit him.

"They talked about how he let's guards play," Stroman said of Martin, "and he was real straight forward."

Stroman took a visit to campus on Friday, where the current coaches offered him, and by Monday, he was a Gamecock.

"He wants to make basketball big at South Carolina," Keenan coach Zach Norris said. "He wants it to come from the South Carolina kids."

"(Staying home) means a lot since (my family and friends) have seen me grow up," Stroman said, "and, now, they can now watch me on the big stage."

According to Norris, Stroman averaged 15.5 points, 11.7 assists and 9.3 rebounds per game for Keenan.

"He does everything," Norris said. "He could score more, but we had other guys that can put it in the hole.

"He doesn't just see the man guarding him, he sees the other eight guys on the floor as well. He sees it all."

According to Stroman's AAU coach, Shaland White, the 6-foot-1 guard was being recruited by Clemson, Georgia Southern and Georgia, with Alabama showing some interest.

The rising junior plans on working on two other in-state kids to get them to become Gamecocks with him. L.J. Peak (Gaffney, 2014) and Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster, 2013) are two of Martin's primary targets and two guys Stroman definitely wants in Columbia with him.

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