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South Carolina basketball is awaiting word from a grad transfer. Where things stand

Frank Martin updates AJ Lawson’s NBA quest, USC’s open scholarship

South Carolina coach Frank Martin provides an update on AJ Lawson going through the NBA draft process and USC’s pursuit of another recruit.
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South Carolina coach Frank Martin provides an update on AJ Lawson going through the NBA draft process and USC’s pursuit of another recruit.

While Frank Martin was speaking Wednesday on leadership to residents of Shaw Air Force Base, one of his potential players was visiting elsewhere.

Micaiah Henry, a graduate transfer forward from Tennessee Tech and priority South Carolina target, has added Virginia Tech to his list of suitors. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder visited the Hokies on Wednesday in Blacksburg, a source confirmed to The State. Henry visited Lamar (Texas) last weekend.

USC has had an open scholarship since Felipe Haase transferred from the program on April 25. Henry, who averaged 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for TTU last season, quickly emerged as an option to fill it. He took his first visit as a grad transfer to Carolina, leaving impressed last Wednesday morning.

“They definitely raised the bar very high,” Henry told The State.

Martin can’t speak publicly about recruits until they’re officially signed. His Wednesday tone, however, was upbeat when asked about the progress USC’s made in filling Haase’s scholarship.

“I’m not big on calling 50 different people, but I know people I called took the call and are very interested,” Martin said. “Then it’s a matter of trying to figure out which is the best fit and then going after that person. That’s what we’ve tried to do. And I think we’re in a good place.

“But the future will tell us. If the near-future tells us differently, then we’ll go to Plan B and Plan C. As long as we don’t get to Plan Z, which is me dressing out, we’ll be OK.”

USC has taken graduate transfers in each of the past two offseasons — Frank Booker (Florida Atlantic) and Wes Myers (Maine) in 2017, Tre Campbell (Georgetown) in 2018.

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Andrew Ramspacher has been covering college athletics since 2010, serving as The State’s USC men’s basketball beat writer since October 2017. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. At a program-listed 5-foot-10, he’s always been destined to write about the game. Not play it.
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