Freshman Shamiek Sheppard may not be out for the season after all.
The 6-foot-6 guard/forward, who tore his right ACL in July, fully practiced with the Gamecocks on Monday. Coach Frank Martin said that Sheppard looked good and provided there were no issues after practice, he could play this year.
The decision will be up to Sheppard. He has a redshirt in place and would have four full years of eligibility after this season if he continues to sit. But if he feels good and wants to play, Martin will allow it.
“He’s a month ahead of schedule,” Martin said. “I was not going to expose him to burn a year of eligibility to play eight, nine games. Right now, he’s got an opportunity to have 20 games to help the basketball team.”
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Sheppard was tested before Christmas and the repaired knee tested stronger than his other knee. With the doctor’s clearance, Sheppard practiced Sunday and Monday and had no problems.
The Gamecocks only have 11 players. Sheppard, at a muscular 235 pounds, could add depth to the post and help preserve legs for the conference season. He is expected to travel to his native Brooklyn with the team for Saturday’s game against No. 9 Iowa State.
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