New coach, new leader on tap for Gamecocks


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina basketball has a new coach in fiery Frank Martin and perhaps a new on-court leader in transfer LaShay Page.

Martin was hired in March to right the free-fall of the past four seasons under former coach Darrin Horn. Martin believes his inexperienced team will develop savvy and toughness from Page, a senior who left Southern Miss to spend his final season closer to his hometown of Dillon.

Page helped the Golden Eagles reach the NCAA tournament last season where they fell to Martin's Kansas State club.

Page understands he's a new face on the club, but hopes he can teach the younger Gamecocks to play hard in the pumped up Southeastern Conference. Page is a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged more than 11 points and three rebounds last season.

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