This past season, the USC men's basketball team averaged 13.396 fans this past season and that number figures to rise next year as the team is coming off a Final Four season. But the team is still being very aggressive when it comes to growing the fan base and the fourth annual 8K in 8 Days campaign is an example of that.
The summer outreach effort continued Wednesday evening as family members of the Richland County Sheriff's Department were at the practice facility for some quality time with the players.
"It's just great to give back to the community," said USC sophomore guard Hassani Gravett.
"We've got a lot of kids out here. Some of them want to learn the game of basketball, just trying to teach different things like dribbling, shooting, passing."
Gravett says the older kids at these events recognize the fact that the program reached new heights this past season.
"They think highly of us, so it's great to give back to them," he said.
Gravett also said last year's success means some of the players are dealing with being recognized more when they are away from the court.
"A lot of people come up to me 'Oh, Hassani Gravett. You play basketball for the Gamecocks'," he said.
'i just appreciate it a lot. I'm very humbled for the opportunity I have to be here."