Odom Closing In On Power Foward

Dave Odom is hopefully about to lock down a power forward who, as we have now verified, could be a big time contributor to the Gamecocks next season according to our sources. He is a major talent and, judging by the photo to the left, he is already accustomed to wearing the correct colors ...

According to Phil Kornblut of the South Carolina news and sports network, and verified by our sources here at Gamecock Insider, USC has made 6-8, 228 power forward Antoine Tisby a serious offer and Tisby is listening.

He is a big man who boasts both the size and strength to contribute right away for the Gamecocks in the post. A scorer who plays defense and rebounds like a mad-man.

Antoine visited South Carolina two weeks ago and Houston over the weekend. He plans on making a decision between the two programs within the next two weeks - actually less according to our sources.

"Right now South Carolina is my top priority," Tisby told Kornblut of the South Carolina News And Sports Network Sunday afternoon. "Columbia is a nice city to live in and the program seems like a family type atmosphere."

Family atmosphere is important to the young man who departed one program because he was homesick.

The power forward with a shooting touch said he has also received offers from Kansas and Oklahoma State but will not visit either.

Dave Odom's efforts in his appeal to regain an extra scholarship for the coming season will prove to be crucial - USC has aready signed 6-6 wing man Dwayne Day of Mount Vernon, Ga., and 5-11 PG Stephen McDowell from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Tisby signed with D-I Bradley University out of Schlagle High School, before transferring to Friends University in Wichita, KS. He was declared ineligible midway through the season. He left Bradley for personal reasons ... homesickness, transferred to Friends University before being med-redshirted, then transferred to Allen County (Kan.) Community College where he averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks a game. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

At Schlagle High School
• A first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state pick as a senior last winter, Tisby helped the Stallions to a 15-6 record last year by averaging 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game.
• Helped Schlagle to the state tournament Final Four in 1999 (third) and 2000 (runner-up).
• Named the Most Valuable Player following the Kansas City, Kan. versus Kansas City, Mo. All-Star Game.
• In addition to his athletic success, Tisby also excelled in the classroom and was named the 2001 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the Kansas City, Kan., Public School System.
• Also competed in track and field in high school.

Personal
• The son of Athena Tisby and Gary Sipple, Antoine was born April 6, 1983, in Kansas City, Kan.
• Was majoring in psychology at Bradley, Tisby plans to be a clinical psychologist when his playing days are over.

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