Odom Picks Up Big Time Commit

This star from the Charlotte Royals AAU team is headed to the SEC. The 6-foot-2 guard wasted little time in reaching his decision once an offer was made ...

Brandis Raley had the kind of summer worthy of interest from a high-major program like South Carolina. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard was a key component in the Charlotte Royals attack. His play led to offers from Boston College, East Carolina, St. Bonaventure, West Virginia and eventually the Gamecocks.

Raley confirmed what we've been hearing the past few days. He's going to play for Dave Odom in Columbia.

"Yes, I'm taking a visit to South Carolina on Thursday and I'm going to make that official on Thursday," Raley said of his commitment.
"They saw me a couple of times during the season. I guess they never got a chance to see me on the circuit. Coach Ricky Stokes was an assistant there and was on me during the season. Once South Carolina got a better chance to see me play, Dave Odom liked me a lot and offered me a scholarship."
The Gastonia (N.C.) Gaston Day product gets to play close to home in a setting that suits him. "They're just about an hour away from my house," Raley said. "I like their program, their style of play and I think I can come in and fit right in and play basketball."

Raley is a strong guard. He makes plays on the perimeter, is a reliable shooter especially from mid-range and strong enough to finish plays. His performances on the circuit since the spring warranted the kind of interest he's been getting in July.

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