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July 26, 2013

Pro Am Day 11 Wrapup

Day 11 of the South Carolina Pro Am basketball league took place Thursday night at Heathwood Hall featuring several current, former and future University of South Carolina players, and Gamecock Central was there.

The highlight of the evening came in the second game, when class of 2016 top-15 national player Seventh Woods faced off against incoming USC freshman Justin McKie and current Gamecock Michael Carrera. Carrera, who has been the best player this summer in the league and a prolific scorer, met his match - at least in the point column - with the ultra-dynamic Woods.

Both players were successful scoring inside and out, with Woods finishing with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting (4-of-7 from 3-point range) and Carrera just behind at 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Carrera also collected 7 rebounds.

For the first half, while McKie was almost an afterthought, scoring just 3 points on a 3-pointer. The second half, however, was a different story. As Carrera and Woods cooled, McKie caught fire, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the second half to go with 3 rebounds.

Following that game it was incoming USC freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell's chance to shine. As if inspired by the players in the game before, Thornwell matched Woods' total with 24 points to go with 6 rebounds while teammate and USC guard Ty Johnson added 17 points and 5 assists.

The opening game featured incoming freshman guards Duane Notice and Reggie Theus, Jr. Neither player featured heavily in their team's action, with Notice, in just his second Pro Am game, scoring 3 points to Theus Jr.'s 6.

In the final game, incoming USC freshman Jaylen Shaw had another strong performance, scoring 22 points and 7 assists.

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