USC Comes To Watch Southside Pair

We posed the question yesterday and today we got a definitive answer. Are the South Carolina Gamecocks interested in 2009 Southside prospects SG Robbie Dreher (pictured) & PG/SF Quinton Thomas? Come inside for the details and breaking scoop. Dreher picked up another offer but was it from the Gamecocks or another in-state program?

A little intuition told us that Darrin Horn meant what he said in that he'd get right into the recruiting scene when he took the job at South Carolina. Horn recently brought 3 assistant coaches from his Western Kentucky staff to Columbia. The former Hilltopper staff was set to visit Southside High to check out their two 2009 all-state prospects after their run in the NCAA tournament. Horn's departure came quickly and nothing else was heard from the WKU staff.

The pair of Southside prospects have a tight bond and both were seeing heavy interest from the Hilltoppers but had yet to hear from the old staff in a new locale. Both players are fans of the Gamecock program and were eager in hopes of hearing from Horn and his staff. That has quickly changed just as fast as the staff's zip codes have changed.

The wait didn't take long as we just received word that the new assistant coach Berry of the Gamecock staff will be at Southside today at 5:15 to watch Robbie Dreher and Quinton Thomas in an open gym setting.

We spoke with both players shortly after the open gym workout. We caught up with 6'6 PG/SF Quinton Thomas first and he shared his thoughts about the workout for the Gamecock assistant. "I think I did pretty good. The last time we saw him (WKU) he told me he wanted me to work on my shooting. After today's workout he said that I improved it a lot from his last visit."

The visit was the first contact by the new Gamecock staff and apparently it won't be the last either. "Coach Berry said he was going to try and get us down to Columbia to workout and play a little in May so that they can all take a look at us. He wants us to meet the new Gamecock staff and see how much we like them."

Berry hasn't told Thomas exactly what position or role he envisions for the PG/SF yet but the trip to Greenville piqued the 2009 prospects interest in the Gamecocks once again.

"We took 2 visits down to USC last year. I like it down there a lot. The last coaching staff didn't contact us too much but I'd love to hear more from the Gamecocks now. It's SEC basketball and there's nothing wrong with that!"

Asked if USC's interest were to continue to rise where the school would land on his list he quickly replied, "They would definitely move up if they were to show me more interest!" Currently Thomas holds scholarship offers from Wyoming and Marist.

His good friend and teammate Robbie Dreher also talked about his visit from coach Berry at Southside. "It was good. It went really good. We made the shots we needed to and everything. We both went real hard so I think it went well." We asked Dreher if he was happy with his workout performance he said, "Yeah oh yeah! I was real happy."

The pair went through a number of drills so that the Gamecock assistant could see their current skill set and abilities Dreher told us. "We did a lot of shooting drills, some drills showing our lateral movement, we ran some curl screens using some trashcans on the court, we worked on some one on one moves, and showed our defensive stance."

Dreher said Berry was pleased with what he saw afterwards. "He said that we both looked real good. He wants to watch us play a couple more times and that they will try and get us down there in May to do that."

The 2009 SG prospect does some scouting himself and he told us about what he saw of Horn's system while at Western Kentucky. "I watched them play a good bit. They are an uptempo team on offense and apply a lot of pressure defense. I really like the way they play."

Dreher is a deadly shooter from just about anywhere on the court and he's been picking up a number of scholarship offers. Currently he holds offers from Winthrop, High Point, Charleston Southern, South Carolina State, and Buffalo. Dreher informed us tonight that he just picked up another offer the day before from Furman which gives him 5 offers total. The 2009 prospect says if the Gamecocks were to offer him they would move to the top of his list.

On the AAU front Thomas and Dreher came away with 2nd place at the AAU Super Regionals in Augusta last weekend with their Carolina Celtics teammates. Next they head to Houston, Texas to compete in the Kingwood Classic. We will have updates on the Celtics and other South Carolina AAU teams competing at the Kingwood Classic.

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