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Nov. 4, 2014


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COLUMBIA, S.C. – As the start of the 2014-15 campaign draws closer, takes a look at some notable moments in South Carolina basketball history by the tens, detailing notables every 10 days until the week of the season opener versus North Florida (Nov. 14), when we will have a daily post. We’ll look at certain eras in Gamecock history and we’ll revisit great games, great moments and Gamecock greats throughout the feature.

With the start of the regular season just 10 days away, we highlight the number 10’s place in Gamecock men’s basketball history. Whether it be the record-breaking careers of Melvin Watson and Jamel Bradley, who both donned the number 10 during their time with the Gamecocks, or Sam Muldrow’s 2011 triple-double, highlighted by 10 blocked shots, it is not difficult to see the significance the number holds in South Carolina men’s basketball history.

Melvin Watson, who began his Gamecock career in 1994, led the team in assists all four years that he played and led the team in steals in three of his four seasons in Columbia. Watson is first in school history with 543 career assists and tied for first in games started with 116. During his senior season (1997), Watson led the Gamecocks to a 23-8 overall record that included a 12-game winning streak, the third longest in school history, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Jamel Bradley, whose career in the Garnet and Black ended in 2002, left his mark as the greatest 3-point shooter in school history. Over the span of his career, Bradley made 264 3-point field goals, including 117 during the 2001-2002 season, both of which represent school records. Bradley also holds the South Carolina records for 3-point fields goals attempted over the span of both a season (294) and a career (686). Bradley’s scoring averages led the Gamecocks during his junior (11.5 ppg) and senior (13.1 ppg) seasons, the latter of which contributed to the second-highest scoring offense in school history.

On January 8, 2011, Sam Muldrow blocked a school record 10 shots against the Vanderbilt Commodores to go along with his 16 points and 14 rebounds. Muldrow’s historic defensive performance was only the second triple-double in school history and marked the only time a Gamecock recorded double-digit blocks in a single game. Muldrow recorded eight blocks against Boston College two years prior. Muldrow’s 275 career blocked shots is a Carolina record, and he ranks second all-time with a career 2.5 blocks per game average.

Feature by Media Relations Student Assistant Jackson Filyo