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Frank Martin lands his first commit in 2013 in Desmond Ringer

USC hires Frank Martin

This Tuesday, March 27, 2012 photo shows new South Carolina basketball head coach Frank Martin gesturing during a news conference in Columbia, S.C., The Gamecocks hired Martin from Kansas State to re-energize a program that had dropped to the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. (AP Photo/The State, R. Darren Price)


Frank Martin has landed the first commitment in his 2013 recruiting class at South Carolina.

Desmond Ringer is a 6-foot-9, 260 lb center from Georgia. He tweeted out his commitment on Tuesday afternoon:

I will be attending the University of South Carolina. #gamecocknation

— Desmond Ringer (@D_Ringer32) September 25, 2012

Ringer is a solid prospect, but he’s not exactly the kind of big man that Martin had success with at Kansas State. With the Wildcats, Martin’s best bigs were lankier and more athletic -- Curtis Kelly and Jamar Samuels and Jordan Henriquez. Ringer is more of a big-bodied banger.

Ringer’s final choices came down to South Carolina and Mercer. He may be a good player down the road -- especially when you consider the fact that he tore his ACL in January of 2011 -- but this is not the kind of commitment that is going to make South Carolina an immediate contender in the SEC.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.