COLUMBIA, S.C. — The future of the South Carolina women's basketball team was officially introduced to the media Tuesday morning.
South Carolina's top recruiting class is officially in the fold as the new players came in for media day. USC also adds Texas transfer Destiny Littleton and Lexington's Olivia Thompson who received a preferred walk-on spot to round out this class.
The last time USC had this kind of a class come in they ended up winning a national title.
There are tons of expectations on this team. Whether is externally or even internally in regards to playing at high level and maxing out all of this potential.But thanks to the USC staff these ladies are taking a different approach to the expectations, even with the title of being number in the country.
"Our trainer Molly (Binetti) tells every day the number one recruiting class is in based on what you did in high school and now you're in college," Toronto native and USC forward Laeticia Amihere said. "We have that we're proud of that and we just focused on being the best team we can."
"Dawn Staley focuses on it's about the team it's not about you," Illinois player of the year and Gamecock guard Brea Beal said. "Together that's what we want to focus on. We're not focusing on we're the number one recruiting class and we're going to win this that. We're not focusing on that right now."
But now the work begins. When you have the kind of talent that includes multiple McDonald's All-Americans, state players of the year and a top player from Canada expectations are high and so are the goals. This class is very confident they can bring another national championship to the Midlands.
"Every year we want to go the Final Four," Toledo, Ohio star guard Zia Cooke said. "That's my goal this year and every year that I'm here that's my goal. In high school that was my same goal. I won two championships in high school and I just want to keep competing. We're all on the same page and we work very hard so it's only going to get better from here."