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Lakewood's Hodge commits and signs with USC Upstate

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 4/16/20

Lakewood High School's Quentin Hodge announced on Wednesday with whom he would be playing college basketball. Oh yeah, he signed as well.

Hodge, the Gators' 6-foot-4-inch senior wing, announced via his Twitter account that he would be attending …

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Lakewood's Hodge commits and signs with USC Upstate

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Lakewood High School's Quentin Hodge announced on Wednesday with whom he would be playing college basketball. Oh yeah, he signed as well.

Hodge, the Gators' 6-foot-4-inch senior wing, announced via his Twitter account that he would be attending USC Upstate, an NCAA Division I school located in Spartanburg. When asked when he would be signing, Hodge said he had actually done that earlier in the day.

On Tuesday on Twitter, he announced that he would be "committing" on Wednesday.

"I waited a pretty long time before I decided where I wanted to go," said Hodge, who will begin play for Upstate in the 2020-21 season. "I just wanted to see who recruited me before I made the decision."

Hodge chose Upstate, a member of the Big South Conference, over Sun Belt Conference school Coastal Carolina and Ohio Valley Conference school Tennessee-Martin.

Hodge said he chose Upstate because of how consistent the coaching staff was in recruiting him and for its style of basketball.

"(Head) Coach (Dave) Dickerson and the staff really recruited me hard," Hodge said. "That had a lot to do with it and Just the way they play. I love the way they play. They really play position-less offense, and I feel like that really suits me. The coach just lets them play."

Hodge said he narrowed his list to the three schools he did because they all play a similar style of game. However, Upstate won out because it had been recruiting him since the beginning of his senior year.

Hodge didn't get to go on any official visits to his final three, even though he did take unofficial visits to Upstate and Coastal.

Hodge said the limitations placed on recruiting by the coronavirus pandemic didn't hinder his recruiting.

"It didn't really affect me any," he said. "This crisis it is what it is. I felt comfortable, and I always wanted to stay home."

Hodge never did get an offer from a Power 5 Conference school. However, Atlantic Coast Conference school Syracuse started showing him a lot of interest late in his senior season but never did pull the trigger on an offer.

Hodge averaged 24.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocked shots per game this past season. He was selected to the 4A All-State team by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Hodge is just happy he's getting the chance to continue playing the game he loves.

"It means a lot to be playing at the next level," he said. "Not everyone gets the opportunity to play at all, much less at Division I. It's just a blessing."