South Carolina head coach Frank Martin has announced that three players will not return to the basketball team next year. Sophomores Reggie Theus Jr. and Demetrius Henry and freshman Shamiek Sheppard have all asked for their releases from the program.
“Following our end-of-year meetings Reggie asked for his release so that he can transfer and be closer to his family,” Martin said. “Reggie is a fine young man who has represented our team and program in the best way possible ever since he stepped on campus, and we want to thank him and his family for their contributions to our team.
“Demetrius and Shamiek have also asked for their release and will not be with our team next season. We wish them the best moving forward and appreciate all that they and their families contributed to our program.”
Theus Jr. only appeared in 24 games and averaged just under three minutes per game over two seasons, while Henry averaged five points and 3.5 rebounds in 18.7 minutes through his two campaigns. Sheppard only averaged 1.6 points per contest over 6.9 minutes.
Thus continues the Gamecocks’ rebuilding phase under Martin, who enjoyed his best results with the team this past season as South Carolina went 17-16 (6-12 SEC). In three years in Columbia, Martin is 45-54 (15-39 SEC) and owns a career record of 162-108, having spent five seasons at Kansas State as well. With the Wildcats, he made four NCAA tournaments and even the Elite Eight in 2010.
South Carolina has not been in the big dance since 2004, and hopefully this roster move can help Martin bring in more elite-level talent.
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