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      Martin pleased with effort early on

      Frank Martin pleased with new players and the renewed spirit he's seen early on at South Carolina basketball workouts.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Frank Martin pleased with new players and the renewed spirit he's seen early on at South Carolina basketball workouts.

      The second year coach brought in seven freshmen to the roster and will add Villanova transfer guard Tyrone Johnson in mid-December. And so far, Martin likes the upgrade in ability and potential he sees from the younger players. He's also enjoying the spirited workouts filled with chatter and shouting among players, something the Gamecocks didn't have much of at times during a 14-18 season.

      It was Martin's first losing season as a college head coach and he vowed things would change. In the off season, four players from the tenure of former coach Darrin Horn transferred, meaning Martin will enter the season with senior Brenton Williams as the team's only upperclassmen.