COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - It’s been a pretty good week for South Carolina redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard.
The 6-foot-4 guard has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. Couisnard scored 26 points against then-No. 10 Kentucky. That included his buzzer-beating three-pointer that lifted the Gamecocks over the Wildcats for the win.
Couisnard followed that performance by posting 17 points in Carolina’s 81-67 road win over Texas A&M.
Couisnard is the second-leading scorer on the team averaging 10.6 points per game. He is also the Gamecocks’ second-best three-point shooter knocking down just over 35% of his attempts. Head coach Frank Martin would love to see Couisnard continue his consistent play as the season moves forward.
“What Jermaine brings to the table is pretty consistent,” Martin said. “Not this past summer but the summer before, there was an open gym and some of the old guys were here and guys from around town were here for the summer. Sin(darius Thornwell) and P.J. (Dozier) and them came into the office and said, ‘Yo, that new guy’s gonna be alright.’ And I said, ‘Why do you guys say that?’ And they said, ‘Because he wasn’t having it from anybody.’
“And I don’t take much from who’s playing well and who’s not playing well from open gyms. Obviously, I’m not allowed to sit in and watch, but when two guys -- one’s a ferocious competitor in Sindarius and the other one’s quiet but has got a competitive bug in him in P.J. -- come in and tell you that that guy’s gonna be alright because of the fact that he’s in a summer pickup game and he’s not taking crap from anybody, that tells me a lot about what he was about.”
Couisnard and the Gamecocks return to action on Wednesday when they travel to No. 16 Auburn.
That game starts at 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPNU.