Legacy player receives South Carolina offer

All-time fan-favorite SC basketball player Joe Rhett has a son who has battled back from a major injury to showcase his own unique talents at this summer's Gamecock Elite camp. The USC coaches took notice, and he has gotten an offer to play hoops at his father's alma mater. He has received multiple offers, including another SEC program, and names his top five. Read this exclusive inside.

As summer came to an end, Malcolm Rhett was just getting into the swing of things as the Columbia, S.C. native was trying to impress scouts after he broke his tibia in the last game of his sophomore season.

"I was just getting back in the mix, trying to play again," Rhett said of his end-of-summer performance at the South Carolina Elite camp. "The coaches at camp said that they are very interested, but I didn't have an offer yet. They said keep up the good work and something should come up sooner or later."

Sooner than later happened for the son of former Gamecock standout Joe Rhett.

"Coach (Darrin) Horn offered me about two weeks ago face to face in a meeting," Rhett said. "We went down there to the practice facility. We just had a meeting for about an hour and a half or so. I feel real good about it. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do yet though."

A lot of schools weren't sold on Rhett, who had a decent junior season coming off of his injury, but once the summer evaluation hit in July, things really picked up for him. Rhett even feels like the situation has been an advantage for him. "With both of my legs, they are stronger than they were before because of all of the rehab," he said. "I'm jumping higher. It's helped my athleticism out a lot."

According to Rhett, he racked up quite a few offers: Auburn, Marquette, Air Force, Western Carolina, Appalachian State, Tennessee State, VCU, UNC Wilmington, Georgia Southern, Murray State, North Florida and Coastal Carolina to name a few. But as it stands, only five are being considered: USC, Auburn, Tennessee State, Murray State and Appalachian State.

Rhett only has two official visits set up at this time — he'll visit Tennessee State today and Murray State on September 19. However, he does know that he'd like to take an official to the hometown school.

"I don't know when I'll take my visit to South Carolina," Rhett said, "but that'll be my last one."

But can the Gamecocks keep the Richland Northeast star in Columbia? "I really don't want to stay home, but I really like the system and the way they play," Rhett said.

The elder Rhett thinks that the Gamecocks style of play would benefit his son. "I think he fits Horn's system," the former Gamecock said.

Right after the elite camp, Rhett said that South Carolina would probably offer his son if he could prove to be a little more "aggressive." Those words must have motivated the senior forward. "I think if they offered him, he'd love to go down there," Joe Rhett said. "That's why he's working out with them right now. I think he likes how they treat me."

"I go down (to South Carolina) maybe once a week," Malcolm Rhett continued. "I just like playing with them. It's a good experience. It's more competition, and I know I'm getting better playing someone older than when I just go to the gym."

As far as walking in his dad's shadow, Rhett doesn't feel like it's a path he's being pushed to go down. "I don't feel pressure, but I don't like being compared to my dad because we're not the same player," Rhett said. "But I don't see anything wrong with following in his footsteps." Rhett's dad is still encouraging him to make his own decision, but he would like his son to be a Gamecock because Rhett knows first-hand how the situation would be.

"He said he liked the idea of the whole situation with South Carolina and all that," the younger Rhett said. "He said it was a good situation for me. If I was to go there, I would be put into a good situation with playing time and being successful."

According to Rhett's physical that he had last month, he now stands at 6-foot-7.75 and 213 pounds. His growth, matched with his skill set, can allow him to play at the high-major level. Rhett plans on making his decision in the next month and a half or so.

"I plan to sign on Nov. 11 — the first signing day," he said.

Rhett also said that "playing style, coaches and comfort level" will be the factors in his decision, but he admitted that South Carolina has an advantage with all of these things.

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