Horn grants scholarships to USC walk-ons

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina basketball coach Darrin
Horn has granted scholarships to walk-ons Branden Conrad and Robert
Wilder.
Conrad, a 6-foot-2 guard, played in 10 games last season. He had
transferred from Navy, then sat out a season before getting his
chance to play. Wilder, a 6-foot-1 guard, played in six games for
the Gamecocks last season.
Horn said he and his staff like the work ethic and dedication
the players have shown since he arrived from Western Kentucky to
succeed Dave Odom as coach.
"Both Branden and Robert have been exemplary in everything that
we have asked of them since we arrived on campus," Horn said.
"Since we have some scholarships available, I felt that we should
reward them while we can."
Conrad, who scored 6 points and six rebounds last year, is the
son of former Clemson point guard and current U.S. District Court
Judge Bobby Conrad, who sits in the Western District of North
Carolina.
"I am excited about helping lead this team to new heights in my
senior season," he said. "To do it as a scholarship player is a
goal realized."
Wilder, of Chapin, scored 3 points and had two rebounds last
season. Like Conrad, Wilder sat out a year after joining the
Gamecocks.
"I'm excited about the direction our program is headed and want
to do whatever I can to help make it successful," he said.
Horn's move leaves the Gamecocks with 11 scholarship players,
two fewer than the NCAA allows, for this coming season. The
Gamecocks lone recruit, Darius Morrow, was released from his
letter-of-intent after the coaching change. Sophomore forward Chad
Gray was dismissed from the team and freshman Trevor Deloach left
the program.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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