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South Carolina hires 2 assistants, Bryant off to NBA

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 10 SEC Tournament - Mississippi State v South Carolina

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 10: South Carolina Gamecocks forward Keyshawn Bryant (24) takes a shot attempt over Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Andersson Garcia (11) during the SEC Tournament between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - New South Carolina men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris has brought two of his assistants from Chattanooga to the Gamecocks.

On Friday, the school’s board of trustees approved the hiring of Tanner Bronson, who was Paris’ top assistant at Chattanooga and worked there from 2017-22.

The school also announced the addition of Eddie Shannon, another Paris assistant at Chattanooga from 2019-22.

Bronson “has been with me since day one of my head coaching career,” Paris said in a statement. “He’s extremely talented as a teacher as well as an evaluator and a recruiter.”

Bronson was given a one-year contract that will pay him $290,000.

Shannon, a four-year starter for Florida from 1995-99, is familiar with the Southeastern Conference “and what it takes to be successful,” Paris said.

Paris will have to call on their ability to recruit after South Carolina has seen seven players leave since the firing of Frank Martin last month. The latest was forward Keyshawn Bryant, who announced Friday on social media he’s entering the NBA draft and will hire an agent.

The 6-foot-6 Bryant went through the NBA process after last season before returning to South Carolina. However, this year was not his best. He averaged 8.7 points and four rebounds a game, both a drop from the 14.4 points and 5.4 boards averaged in 2020-21.

Bryant thanked Martin, the school and its fans. “However, my time here has come to an end,” he said.