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      Gamecocks to play international in August

      USC head men's basketball coach Frank Martin, senior point guard Ty Johnson and sophomore guard Sindarius Thornwell will participate in the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Europe this August as part of the USA East Coast Basketball team.

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- USC head men's basketball coach Frank Martin, senior point guard Ty Johnson and sophomore guard Sindarius Thornwell will participate in the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Europe this August as part of the USA East Coast Basketball team.

      Martin will serve on staff, while Johnson and Thornwell will be on the 10-man roster.

      "It's going to make me a better coach," Martin said. "To have to prepare a group of guys that have never played together before will be challenging."

      The team will play in Europe against foreign national teams with NBA and Euro-league players.

      "It's a great experience for our confidence," Johnson said. "It will help every aspect of our game and you get to showcase your talents in front of different fans."

      The Four Nations Cup runs from July 31 to August 8.