Starting a program from scratch is not easy task - especially starting two programs from the bottom up in men's and women's basketball. Read more about this double duty right here on your source for junior college basketball recruiting news JucoJunction.
USC-Sumter is starting a men's basketball program this fall and JucoJunction had a chance to see the Fire Ants play this past weekend at Kenn Littlefield's JUCO Jamboree in Marietta, Ga.
The Fire Ants will be coached by Adam Wainwright this season as he will guide both the men's and women's program on campus.
The Fire Ants are a mixture of some transfers and freshman. Brandon Wright, a 2008 high school graduate from Sumter High School, could lead the charge for the Fire Ants this season. Wright took classes out of high school at USC-Salkehatchie but never suited up for the Indians. The shooting guard will more than likely have to go the NCAA D2 route because of clock issues.
"Brandon can really score the ball a lot of ways while on the floor," said JucoJunction Publisher Bret Swanson.
Combo forward Deonte Johnson played his freshman season at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill. "Johnson who hails from nearby Marion, S.C. really likes to play face-up and out on the perimeter more than inside the paint," said Swanson. Johnson averaged 3.5 points per game last season for the Blue Knights.
Freshman Darrice Whitley grew up in the Palmetto State before graduating high school from Peabody High School in Alexandria, La. Whitley started his high school career at JL Mann High School in Greenville, S.C.
"Darrice is left-handed point guard who's very vocal on the floor and really likes to throw a bounce pass to his teammates. Darrice is a great teammate," said Swanson.
USC-Sumter has quite a shooting guard in Jeff Johnson on the roster. Johnson is 29-years-old and hails from Sumter, S.C. The Fire Ants are looking to make some noise this season in Region 10.
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