Dawn Staley's South Carolina basketball team is the best unit in the country right now, and there's a chance they only lose one player off of this year's team during the offseason. Kamilla Cardoso is out of eligibility (Te-Hina Paopao and Sakima Walker are finishing their 4th year out of high school but have another year left to play if they choose to take it), and a couple of open scholarship spots are also available.
The Gamecocks have filled one of their open scholarships already as 5-star post player Adhel Tac joined the team with an early enrollment this January in order to finish rehabbing an injury with the South Carolina basketball medical staff.
Two other spots have been filled through signed letters of intent from forward Joyce Edwards and guard Maddy McDaniel, and the dynamic duo received an impressive honor on Tuesday.
The two 5-stars officially were chosen as McDonald's All-Americans and will play in the April 2nd all-star game in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center.
As players, Edwards is the #2-ranked player in the '24 cycle, and McDaniel is the 12th-highest rated player in the class. Both players rank 2nd at their respective positions as only Sarah Strong (forward) ranks ahead of Edwards and Jaloni Cambridge (point guard) ranks ahead of McDaniel.
Edwards and McDaniel will play on the same team at the McDonald's All-American Game, and Strong is also on Team East.
Strong is uncommitted, and the Gamecocks are in the running for the nation's top recruit, but it seems as if UConn, LSU, and North Carolina have seemed closer to the top for her services. NC State, UCLA, and Louisville have been involved, as well. Her father Danny Strong played high school ball at Great Falls High in South Carolina and then at NC State in college.