Garvin Camp 2019

SC State to host

basketball elite camp

ORANGEBURG — The South Carolina State men’s basketball program will host their annual Murray Garvin Basketball Elite Camp on Sunday, August 5 at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on the campus of South Carolina State University.

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This one-day camp is from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and set up for rising 9th-12th graders who are highly motivated high school players.

The cost of the camp is $70 per player.

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This event is free for spectators and open to the public.

For more information, contact assistant coach Edward Stephens at estephen@scsu.edu or call (910) 322-3664.

You can follow SC State Athletics at www.scsuathletics.com

Dawn Staley receives

Human Spirit Award

COLUMBIA - In recognition of her leadership on and off the court, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley has been named a winner of the 2019 Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award.

Established in 2007, the Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award honors individuals who have found the game of basketball to be a contributing aspect of their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others and an avenue that has helped shape his or her growth into a recognized visionary leader.

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Staley has coached at the University of South Carolina since 2008 and led the Gamecocks to a NCAA National Championship in 2017 and 131 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top 25, including 63 weeks in the top five. Staley's legacy extends beyond South Carolina, earning three Olympic Gold medals and being named a WNBA All-star six times.

In 1996, she founded the Dawn Staley Foundation to provide a multi-faceted academic, athletic, and community program to empower middle school girls. In addition to her personal foundation, she also co-founded INNERSOLE to provide new sneakers to homeless and children in low-income households. Since 2007, the WNBA has presented a community leadership award bearing her name.

Staley will enter the 2019-20 season with the No. 1 rated recruiting class in 2019. The Gamecocks' five-member signing class, which includes four of the top-13 recruits in the nation, has been touted to be among the top groups of all-time.

Gators QB signs

with Red Sox

(AP) Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks is now a member of the Boston Red Sox organization.

Technically, at least.

UF’s starter signed with Boston for $40,000, according to the Boston Globe on Friday. The Red Sox picked him in the 31st round (No. 947 overall) of last month’s amateur draft.

The Globe reported that Franks has “expressed interest in exploring pro baseball with the Sox down the road,” but it’ll be unclear when, or if, that day will come. Franks, a right-handed pitcher, hasn’t played organized baseball since his junior year at Crawfordville’s Wakulla High.

Franks has completed 57 percent of his passes for 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the last two seasons. He can still play football, despite signing a baseball contract, much like Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray did last year.

He’ll be representing the Gators at next week’s SEC media days in Hoover, Ala.

Clemson baseball

announces signing

class for 2019

CLEMSON - Head baseball coach Monte Lee announced the signing of 12 players to the Clemson program on Friday. Assistant coaches Bradley LeCroy and Andrew See, along with Lee, each contributed to the signing class, which is rated No. 25 in the nation by Perfect Game and No. 18 by average player rating. All 12 signees are eligible to wear a Tiger uniform as freshmen starting in the 2020 season.

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Eight of the 12 newcomers are pitchers, including lefthanders Ryan Ammons, J.D. Brock, Geoffrey Gilbert and Paul Labriola and righthanders Mack Anglin, Nick Clayton, Nick Hoffmann and Brett Percival. The Tigers also signed infielders Pierce Gallo and Regan Reid, outfielder Dylan Brewer and catcher Jonathan French.

Two signees were selected in the 2019 MLB draft. French was picked in the 30th round by the Cleveland Indians and Brewer was chosen in the 32nd round by the San Francisco Giants.

Kirkland, Arrington into

Clemson Ring of Honor

CLEMSON — Former Clemson All-Americans Levon Kirkland (football) and Deliah Arrington (women’s soccer) will be inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor this fall, it was announced Friday.

The Ring of Honor is the highest honor a former Clemson athlete can receive.

Kirkland was a two-time All-American and three-time first-team All-ACC selection as an outside linebacker between 1988-91. He was a first-team All-America selection as a senior by the American Football Coaches Association, Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation in 1991.

He was named a freshman All-American in 1988 when he helped the Tigers to a 10-2 record and the ACC Championship.

Arrington was an All-American for the Tigers in 2000 and 2002, the first two-time All-American in the history of the 25-year sport at Clemson. She is still Clemson’s career scoring leader with 50 goals and leading points scorer (goals plus assists) with 127.

The daughter of Vandel Arrington, a defensive back on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship football team, she was also a three-time first-team All-ACC selection.

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