COLUMBIA, SC. — After missing out on another graduate transfer guard, who committed to a fellow SEC school, head coach Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks completed their 2017-18 roster on Wednesday by adding another talented piece to the back court.
The Gamecocks were recruiting Randy Onwuasor, who transferred from the Southern Utah Thunderbirds after averaging 23.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. After Onwuasor committed to Will Wade and the LSU Tigers, Martin turned his attention to another graduate transfer guard.
Enter Wesley Myers, who led the Maine Black Bears in scoring in his first season with the program. After some off-court issues which resulted in Myers being kicked off the team at Maine, he was searching for a new home for his final year of eligibility.
On Wednesday, the 6’2” guard from Brooklyn, NY announced he was committing to the Gamecocks, adding some more depth to the back court.
Before coming to Maine, Myers played two seasons with the Niagara Purple Eagles, where he averaged 6.7 and 9.4 points per game as a freshman and sophomore, respectively.
In his first year with the Black Bears, he appeared in 28 games over the course of the year, making 20 starts in the process. He averaged a team-best 16.9 points per contest, while also chipping in with 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
Myers put together five straight games of double-digit points to open his career at Maine. He reached double-figures on 23 occasions, including a season-high 33-point performance against the UMBC Retrievers back on February 4th.
However, Myers ran into some off-court issues that caused him to miss the final four games of the season. A locker room altercation resulted in Myers breaking the jaw of a teammate, and Myers was ultimately kicked off the team when all was said and done.
With the off-court issues hopefully behind him, the addition of Myers adds another weapon to the back court rotation. He has a nice scoring touch, and is effective from all over the field (43.7% FG in ’16-17).
Myers joins fellow transfer Frank Booker as players who will use their final year of eligibility with the Gamecocks. Add in Kory Holden, who is eligible in 2017-18 after red-shirting last season following his transfer from the Delaware Blue Hens, and the Gamecocks have quietly assembled a talented back court crew.
The addition of Myers comes on the same day that the Gamecocks suspended sophomore guard Rakym Felder indefinitely due to a recent arrest. It marks the second legal issue that Felder has had in his brief collegiate tenure. He will not be enrolled in classes in the fall, and it’s unclear as to whether or not he will play for the Gamecocks at all in 2017-18.
– T. Bennett