Coaches agree that facilities are not only and integral part of helping student-athletes reach their potential, but also a huge factor in attracting the best and the brightest recruits.
“This facility will allows us to win in recruiting,” Staley said. “It will allow us to attract recruits from all over the country.”
“These facilities also become tremendous recruiting advantages for the average student, not just student-athletes,” Martin said. “It’s all part of that campus experience and a first class university.”
“When I as a recruit, the two top things I was worried about was the gear and the facilities,” said junior A’ja Wilson. “They want the best facilities. As we continue to improve the facilities that we have here, I think we’ll bring in the top players, and that’s what we need to carry on the success and the legacy of South Carolina.”
The Carolina Coliseum Project converts underutilized space in the historic building into a hub for all basketball operations and activities outside of game day. With an anticipated completion date set for spring of 2017, the Carolina Coliseum Project provides a convenient, central location for locker rooms, athletic training room, weight room and coaches’ offices.
“Just having all of this is going to be better for (student-athletes),” said former Gamecock All-American Tiffany Mitchell. “We spend so much time on the court, with weights, and in the film room. So having all of that in one building will definitely be convenient and make the experience as student-athletes that much better.”
“It will allow our players to have a safe environment, where only they would have access to it,” Staley added. “It’s right across the street from the dorms, so it’s a short walk for them to access the facility 24 hours per day. It will create a safe environment where they know that once they enter this building, it’s a safe haven for them.”
As South Carolina’s basketball programs continue to grow on the court, it is paramount that facilities keep pace with those efforts.
“We want to recruit great recruits, and we want to create a great student-athlete experience with our current players,” Staley said. “They deserve great facilities for how much they sacrifice for our program.”