New South Carolina head coach Frank Martin nabbed his first recruits for the Gamecocks on Thursday night with pledges from 6-foot-8 small forward Minda Kacinas (Lithuania/Word of Life School) and 6-foot-5 wing Thaddeus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson), The Spartanburg Herald-Journal is reporting.
Kacinas averaged nearly 26 points and 15 rebounds this past season at Word of Life. He was recruited by Martin while he was in charge at Kansas State.
Hall, who has yet to take his college entrance exams, chose USC over offers from St. John's, Texas Tech, Maryland, Hofstra, Fordham and Dayton.
"I'm excited to be his first commitment with everything starting fresh," Hall told the Journal. "He's building a program. He wants tough players and I'm a tough player. It feels good (to commit) and gets a lot of stress off my chest."
ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Adam Finkelstein offered his thoughts on Hall's commitment.
"Hall is a guy who saw his stock consistently rise throughout the year," Finkelstein said. "He's an athletic lefty who knows how to score the ball and has the physical tools to develop into the type of defender that Frank Martin values. His biggest challenge will be learning to get his offense within the flow of the team's structure"
Martin has one other player signed for 2012, center Tyrone Haughton (Miami/Dr. Krop) who signed in the fall with the previous coaching staff. He has two scholarships remaining for 2012.