Over the past few years, Frank Martin and his staff have done a tremendous job of attracting top-tier recruits to play at South Carolina.
Leading up to this season, the likes of five-star guard P.J. Dozier and four-star forwards Chris Silva and Eric Cobb all committed to play for the Gamecocks. In the Class of 2013, star guard Sindarius Thornwell opted to bring his talents to Columbia, SC, and has become a star on the national stage.
It’s worth noting that both Dozier and Thornwell were both ESPN Top 100 recruits in their respective recruiting classes. Thornwell was the 41st-ranked recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, while Dozier was the 19th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015 and will suit up alongside Thornwell this year.
In the Class of 2016, you can add another high-profile commit to Martin’s list. On Monday, power forward Sedee Keita officially committed to play for the Gamecocks.
Sedee Keita is a 6’10”, 215 power forward out of Putnam, Connecticut and the Putnam Science Academy. He is listed as the 78th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, and the 2nd-best player overall from the state of Connecticut, receiving a 4-star rating and an overall Scout Grade of 81.
For a guy of Keita’s size, he has great mobility and agility that you rarely find in a player of his stature. He has long arms and a strong frame that allows for him to be strong in the paint. His long legs allow for him to get up and down the floor with ease due to his long strides. He has a ton of potential, and has the look of a player who can develop a strong presence around the rim on both ends of the floor as he develops, whether it’s rebounding, blocking shots, or finishing at or above the rim.
Keita is a bit raw in terms of his development, but his potential is top notch. On the offensive end, he needs to develop his footwork and post moves before he can become a focal point for the Gamecocks. If he can develop a solid inside-out game in the paint, he could develop into quite the presence in the paint over his collegiate career.
As his career progresses at South Carolina, and potentially elsewhere, Keita has the potential to become one of the top forwards in the SEC. Fans will have to be patient while he develops, but they will pleased with the results.
Sedee Keita chose South Carolina over the likes of UNLV, Temple, LSU, Providence, and Penn State.