Gamecocks forward set to transfer

Gamecocks forward set to transfer
South Carolina forward Felipe Haase, top, wrestles for the ball with Auburn forward Horace Spencer in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Auburn won 73-64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Source: Mark Humphrey)

COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) - TheBigSpur.com has learned South Carolina sophomore forward Felipe Haase intends to transfer from South Carolina.

Just after 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Haase’s name appeared in the NCAA Transfer Portal.

A member of the 2017 signing class out of Miami (Fla.) Christian School, Haase just completed his second season with the Gamecocks. After playing in 33 games as a freshman he appeared in 32 games with eight starts as a sophomore. He was the team’s top three-point shooter (min. 50 attempts) this past season with a 41.3 field goal percentage (33-of-80).

TheBigSpur.com has been informed Haase will likely continue his basketball career at Mercer, although that destination is not official. Juan Cardona, Haase’s former high school head coach at Miami Christian, is a recently hired assistant coach at Mercer. New Mercer head coach Greg Gary hired Cardona on April 17.

Haase is the fifth definite departure from the 2018-19 roster as seniors Chris Silva, Hassani Gravettand Tre Campbell used up their eligibility and sophomore center Jason Cudd elected to transfer in late March. Freshman All-SEC selection A.J. Lawson has entered his name into the 2019 NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent and could still return to head coach Frank Martin’s program for the upcoming season.

South Carolina’s 2019 recruiting class is up to four scholarship players in in-state guard Trae Hannibal (Hartsville/Hartsville) and in-state forward Jalyn McCreary (Greenville/Leagacy Charter). Out-of-state newcomers will be forwards Trey Anderson (Santa Ana, Calif./Woodstock Academy) and Wildens Leveque (Brockton, Mass/Gould Academy). In-state guard Mike Green will also be joining the program, but as a walk-on.

Haase’s decision to transfer opens up a scholarship for the 2019-20 roster. Martin could elect to fill that scholarship with another high school prospect, a graduate transfer or save it for the 2020 signing class.

Back in late March, even though he had no scholarships to offer, Martin said recruiting for the Class of 2019 would not stop for the sole reason of transfer news like Cudd’s and Haase’s.

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