South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks to host intriguing SEC decommitment

South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris has the Gamecocks in contention for a major SEC decommitment.
South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris
South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina basketball recruiting has been a bit of a whirlwind this offseason.

Elite shooting guard prospect Cam Scott asked out of his signed NLI to the University of Texas and elected to stay home and play for his hometown South Carolina Gamecocks.

Then, Lamont Paris' team secured commitments from transfer portal players Jordan Bulter (power forward/center, Missouri Tigers), Nick Pringle (center, Alabama Crimson Tide), and Jamarii Thomas (point guard, Norfolk State). Thomas was a transfer portal flip from the VCU Rams.

This past week, new Kentucky Wildcats coach Mark Pope landed a commitment from former South Carolina basketball signee Trent Noah, a sharpshooting wing who had asked out of his letter of intent a few days prior to flipping to his home state 'Cats.

With the newly-opened scholarship vacated by Noah's departure from the recruiting class, Paris and his Gamecock coaching staff have gotten involved with another class of 2024 player who has had an interesting recruitment of late.

According to a report from SportsTalk's Phil Kornblut, former Vanderbilt Commodore signee Jamie Vinson will take a visit to Columbia next week to check out the South Carolina basketball program. Vinson was released from his signed letter of intent with Vandy after the school fired head coach Jerry Stackhouse.

As a player, Vinson is a versatile and long (emphasis on long) post player who can stretch the floor with solid shooting touch from outside. Listed anywhere from 6'9" and 6'11", Vinson has a wingspan around 7'5" that would make him the longest player on the Carolina roster if he committed to Gamecocks.

Vinson is not an elite athlete in terms of quickness and explosion, but he is a good athlete with comfortable and in-control movements that allow him to make plays by putting the ball on the floor.

On defense, Vinson is a big-time shot-blocker, and he has good instincts for going after opponents' shot attempts. He will need to get stronger to hold up against college bigs, but if he adds muscle without losing his athleticism, he can be a legitimate defender at the next level.

You can watch some of his film here.

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