1, Bianca Cuevas, 5’6”, FR, G: Straight from the Bronx in New York, Cuevas is an extremely talented addition to the Gamecocks. She can create a shot for herself and started playing in the 17U circuit when she was in fifth grade. From watching highlights, she has an excellent jump shot, and she’s smart and fast with the ball on the court.
3, Kaydra Duckett, 5’8”, FR, G: A Columbia, S.C.-native, Duckett is referred to as a big-athletic guard. Watching highlights, I know why. Duckett is very competitive, and it shows.
4, Doniyah Cliney, 6’0”, FR, G: Back in September, head coach Dawn Staley announced Cliney will focus on academics this year due to a NCAA eligibility issue. The Newark, N.J.-native helped her team to state titles in her final two seasons at Malcom X Shabazz and averaged 13.4 points, 3.3 assists, and 5.2 rebounds as a senior.
22, A’Ja Wilson, 6’5”, FR, G/F: This is one freshman you won’t want to miss in the upcoming season. After the first practice, Wilson noted she is learning two positions (wing and guard) and will be a multi-dimensional player on the court. She adds incredible height to the roster, standing at 6-foot-5. As one of the country’s top prospects, she accompanied Dawn Staley & Co. to the FIBA U18 Americas championship. I love watching this girl play because she is so versatile and athletic. Right now, Wilson noted South Carolina has her on a weight program to take her to the next level. Check out her highlights.
40, Jatarie White, 6’4”, FR, F: This freshman brings in a lot of height and strength to the team. White had offers from schools like Tennessee and North Carolina, as well. She and Wilson competed against each other in high school a drew coaches and personnel from everywhere to watch. She’s aggressive on the court and can shoot from the outside.
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