SEC Basketball: Who's Next?

Scout.com went to its experts at each of the 12 SEC schools to put together preseason scouting reports for all the league teams while also polling our writers to determine their picks to win the division and overall league titles. Up first: The South Carolina Gamecocks, as previewed by GamecockAnthem's Duane Everett.

In an amazing show of solidarity, the 12 Scout.com writers were unanimous in their picks of Tennessee and Arkansas to win the East and West division titles with Tennessee overpowering Arkansas by an 11-1 vote to win the overall league title.

With South Carolina trying to rebound from a dismal 14-16 season that included a 4-12 SEC record, this year's team will look to a regime of newcomers to turn things around.

South Carolina will feature sophomore point guard Devan Downey, a Cincinnati transfer, who will replace Tre' Kelly with the hope of creating an up tempo transition attack. Downey averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists per game at Cincinnati before transferring to USC last season. Downey's ability to push the basketball and get into the paint should generate scoring opportunities for him and his teammates.

Another new face for the Gamecocks will be junior shooting guard Zam Fredrick, a transfer from Georgia Tech who averaged 10.6 points as a sophomore. Fredrick comes from a strong winning tradition in South Carolina, where he played in four state championship games in his high school years while playing for his father Zam Fredrick, Sr., an NCAA scoring champion his senior year when he played for South Carolina.

With Brandon Wallace graduating to the Boston Celtics, South Carolina needed a long post player to fill the middle and provide solid board play. The addition of Sam Muldrow, a 6-10 freshman forward-center, has added a solid fundamental post game suited for an up tempo Gamecock offense.

Mike Holmes, a 6-7 athletic freshman forward who was heavily recruited nationally, is projected as a power forward, allowing 6-7 redshirt sophomore Dominique Archie to move to the swing position.

Sophomore guard Brandis Raley-Ross (6-2) and senior guard Dwayne Day (6-5) return along with sophomore forward Chad Gray (6-7). Freshman Austin Steed (6-8) could earn playing time and 6-10 Mitchell Carter should provide relief at the post position. Rounding out the roster will be Navy transfer Branden Conrad, a 6-2 guard, and 6-3 freshman Trevor Deloach.

South Carolina should employ an up tempo offense in an attempt to exploit the speed and athleticism of the newcomers while keeping constant pressure on opposing defenses.

Note: The Gamecocks were picked to finish sixth in the SEC East by the 12 Scout.com writers who contributed to this series.

Gamecock Anthem Top Stories