South Carolina has added to its 2016 class, with the late commitment of junior college forward Ran Tut.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, the 6-foot-9 Tut averaged 8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during the 2015/16 season for Monroe College.
Why did Tut decide that South Carolina was the place for him? He went into great detail:
"First and foresmost, just because of head coach Frank Martin. He's known for developing players, his intensity, and his coaching style," Tut said. "After the season they had last season, they had a pretty good run. I also chose them because of their great facilities and all the resources for us to get better. The coaching staff is very experienced. I knew about their strength coach when he was at Kansas State. On the visit, everything was perfect. If I come to South Carolina, I would have no choice but to be better. It's just great people, too."
Tut broke down his strengths on the hardwood.
"I consider mself very versatile. I'm standing at 6-9, so at my height I can post up little guys. I can put the ball on the floor and shoot. Right now I'm very confident with my game being versatile."
Tut will later join the other members of USC's 2016 recruiting class, as he's scheduled to arrive in Columbia next month.
"I'm from Australia, so I have go home to renew my visa. I'm signing on Monday and going to South Carolina on Tuesday. I'll attend in the fall, like August 17."
Monroe College's scouting report on Tut:"Ran is a long, active, and versatile forward. He has the ability to make plays from the perimeter and in the low post. Mustang fans have something special to look forward to because when Ran’s overall talents are on display, he can be a nightmare for opposing teams on both ends of the basketball court."