Blog Entry

South Carolina nabs a pair of guards

Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:37 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Heading into Wednesday evening, South Carolina had zero commitments in its 2012 recruiting class. The Gamecocks ended the day with two.

Ian Baker and Carlos Morris, two guards from Arlington Country Day (Fla.) and the Dwight Howard Warriors, both popped for Darrin Horn and his staff.

“South Carolina was the best situation,” Baker said. “Their staff made me feel real good about the program and the plans for us both.”

“We both felt like that was the best decision for the both of us,” Morris added.

Baker, a 6-foot point guard, had Providence and Marshall in his final three. With Kris Dunn committing to Providence earlier in the day, Baker felt it was time to make a move.

Morris is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who was down to Arkansas, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

“It was always a consideration,” Baker said of playing together in college.

Baker is a strong lead guard who can get into the lane finish with contact. He is capable with both hands, and is deceptively quick and bouncy off the dribble. Morris is a matchup problem for opponents due to his size and length. He has good ball-handling ability and is adept at taking defenders one-on-one. His jumper is consistent, both in mid-range and from deep.

With these two players in tow, Horn can now focus on the frontcourt – his backcourt is set.

“They’re going to have big plans for us from day one,” Baker said. “It’s going to be our responsibility to make that impact.”

“We’re coming in to play and help the team win,” Morris added.

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