Gamecocks targeting standout point guard

With returning All-SEC floor general Devan Downey a rising junior, Coach Darrin Horn and the Gamecocks have targeted one of the top point guard prospects in the Sunshine State's Class of 2009 to be the possible heir apparent to Downey. Read inside as talks with the elite point guard about the latest in his recruitment and much more.

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) 3-star point guard Ramon Galloway, who is ranked by as the no. 30 prospect nationally at his position, has been a top target for new South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn dating back to his tenure at Western Kentucky. According to Galloway, Horn's tireless pursuit of him has made a big impression and is one of the main reasons he currently favors South Carolina over Virginia, Central Florida and USF.

"(Coach Horn) has been recruiting me since last year," he said. "They are doing a real good job. When I make my decision, it will probably come down to which head coach wants me... But they did a good job on recruiting me with the coaching staff.

"You want to go to college for education, but if you're going to play where they want you to play, why not go somewhere where the head coach wants you."

Galloway has built a strong relationship with Horn through the recruiting process and has been impressed with the personality of USC's head coach.

"I think he's a nice guy," Galloway said of Horn. "He has a nice personality."

Galloway, who is also receiving strong interest from Clemson, Florida, Marquette, Kentucky and Cincinnati, isn't sure when he'll come to a final decision on his college choice, but he does plan to make an unofficial visit to South Carolina this fall to see the campus and take in a football game.

After coming off a successful summer on the AAU circuit, Ramon Galloway feels confident and looks to carry that attitude into his senior season.

"I feel real good, the summer was good," the 6-foot-3 guard out of Florida said. "I'm ready for (the season)."

His high school team (W.T. Dwyer) looks to handle some unfinished business with Martin County, the team that beat them in the tournament last year.

"I think this year we can win the whole thing and come away with a ring."

That's the type of winning attitude he can bring to a top-tier program as a floor general.

"He can be a very good collegiate player, he shoots it well and distributes it well," said Galloway's AAU coach Matt Ramker. "He had a very good summer, he's very competitive and plays very hard."

Ramker confirmed that Galloway is a heavy South Carolina lean, and The Florida Rams' AAU coach sees the combo guard playing the point in college. Galloway seems to agree even though he prefers playing shooting guard.

"I see myself playing point guard. I like playing the two more, but 6-2, 6-3, that's the perfect size (for a college point guard)."

A guy who is considering majoring in communications, he'll need those skills to be the leader he intends to be.

"What I think I can bring (to a team) is defense, scoring, being a leader and just helping a team all around."

Stay tuned to and for all the latest on Galloway's recruitment.

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