South Carolina Basketball: Breaking down the Gamecock roster for the 2024-2025 season

South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris has finished the offseason construction of his 2024-2025 Gamecock roster. Here is a breakdown of every player.
South Carolina basketball players Collin Murray-Boyles and Myles Stute
South Carolina basketball players Collin Murray-Boyles and Myles Stute / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball's 2024-2025 Roster Breakdown:
Wing Cam Scott

The online South Carolina basketball community collectively lost their minds (in a good way) when Lexington High School's all-time scoring leader Cam Scott announced that he was committing to the hometown Gamecocks after being released from his NLI to the University of Texas.

Scott is one of the highest-rated prospects ever to sign with the Gamecocks in the modern recruiting era. Depending on which outlet one checks, he is either the #2 all-time commit (behind GG Jackson), or he is either 3rd or 4th (with PJ Dozier and Sindarius Thornwell ranked similarly).

At 6'5" and uber-athletic, Scott is the ideal 2-guard in the modern game as he provides some length and lots of athletic scoring punch. He is a good shooter, and his length and athleticism partner well with an aggressive approach as a finisher, allowing him to score well inside.

Scott is also a solid defender. As a freshman, he won't be quite as thick and strong as some of the guards in the league, but he uses his long arms well and has a knack for jumping in passing lanes, something that helped him become the all-time leader in steals at Lexington.

An underrated part of Scott's game is his ability as a facilitator. To be clear, he is not a true point guard, but he has enough ballhandling acumen and court vision to operate as a secondary playmaker alongside another facilitating guard. Theoretically, he could fill in at the spot if Jamarii Thomas, Jacobi Wright, and Morris Ugusuk all were unavailable, but he could be a deadly part of the offense when playing next to one of those players. In the ways that Meechie Johnson had success as a drive-and-kick playmaker last year, Scott could rack up some assists in a similar fashion this season.

A candidate to start from day 1, barring something unforeseen, Scott surely will be in the starting lineup by the time SEC play begins. His ability to play the 2 and 3 spots well will allow Coach Paris to tinker with his rotations to fit whatever is working. A potential starting lineup of Jamarii Thomas-Cam Scott-Zach Davis-Collin Murray-Boyles-Nick Pringle could be the best since the Final Four season.