Rankin Sees Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks recent run on the hardwood has not gone unnoticed by recruits in the Carolinas. Head basketball coach Darrin Horn looked to take advantage of the Gamecocks recent success and hosted multiple prospects for the UGA game this weekend. One such prospect was 2011 Zebulon B Vance HS (Charlotte, NC) guard Marquis Rankin. Read inside as GamecockAnthem.com has the full report.

Operation Sellout was a success as Marquis Rankin and his AAU teammates saw the Gamecocks defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in front of a rowdy 18,000 fans.

Rankin, who is rated the No. 4 point guard in the 2011 class, left Columbia impressed with the atmosphere he witnessed.

"Oh it was crazy, it was crazy," Rankin said. "I liked the fan support. They're just crazy."

Rankin claims offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Louisiana Tech, and is also receiving interest from South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, Clemson and UNC Charlotte.

Ced Canty, who helps run the United Celtics AAU team Rankin plays on, provided insight as to what type of player Rankin is.

"Almost everything right now," Canty said when asked what Rankin excels at. "You're talking about a kid that the athleticism is just off the mark. I mean Rankin can handle the ball. He has excellent court vision. You're talking about a 6' or 6'1" guard that can elevate and dunk on 6'10" or 6'11" kids. He is just off the mark right now. Right now there are a couple of things he can work on like his upper body strength, but he's a player."

Rankin had never visited South Carolina before and was impressed with the overall presentation of the visit.

"I liked the way they set up the powerpoint for us to see how the school was, all the background and stuff like that" Rankin said. "I liked how the coach came in and did the lecture."

USC assistant Mike Boynton is recruiting Rankin for the Gamecocks. Boynton has put in countless hours visiting Charlotte to see Rankin and his teammates. Rankin is a man of few words, but did offer his thoughts on Boynton.

"I like him a lot. He's a real nice guy."

Rankin also enjoyed his time with head coach Darrin Horn.

"He was a nice guy," Rankin said. "I liked the way he coached. I liked the way he just let his guys play."

The 5'11", 160-pound point guard is still a couple of years a way from signing, but already has a good idea of exactly what he is looking for in the program he eventually chooses.

"If it's a good academic school, like if they're going to help me graduate. And then from a basketball standpoint, if they fit my style of play. And the other players they have coming in that they are recruiting."

Rankin says he enjoys the up-tempo style system he runs in high school and would like to continue to play in a similar style system in college. He believes he has found all he is looking for in one program.

"I like Wake Forest; they stand out more than all the other programs," Rankin says. "I like their style of play. I just like their whole coaching staff. And I like the campus, too."

While the Deamon Deacons are the clear leaders for Rankin's services right now, other programs will have the chance to turn him as the 2011 prospect plans to wait until his junior season to make a decision.

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