Ramon Galloway was blindsided by the events that led to his departure from South Carolina’s basketball team, he said Wednesday.
“I didn’t see none of this coming,” he said. “It is what it is, and I just have to move forward and make a smart decision.”
Head coach Darrin Horn announced last week that Galloway was leaving the team. Galloway described the decision as mutual.
“We talked about some things, and we talked about the future,” he said. “He just laid down some guidelines and stuff like that, and we came to the agreement that it would be best" (if Galloway left the team.
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Galloway declined to elaborate further on his conversation with Horn. He averaged 10.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a sophomore and was the team’s third-leading scorer, but Horn expressed frustration with Galloway’s play near the end of the season.
“It’s still shocking to me,” Galloway said. “Every day I wake up on the USC campus, and I see my friends and people I have grown to know and come close to and have to leave so soon. I feel like I worked hard. You always can work harder. There is always room for improvement.”
Galloway spoke Wednesday while watching the football team’s pro day and was wearing a Gamecocks rain coat and Gamecocks shoes. He still believes Horn’s program is headed in a good direction, he said.
“I think Coach Horn has a pretty good idea of what he is doing,” Galloway said. “He’s got freshmen coming in who can play right away. I think he’s got a good plan.”
Galloway intends to transfer and finish his career at another school but has not thought much about where he might go, he said.
“I have a son in Florida that I haven’t seen in a year,” he said. “He’s one year old. Either get close to him or get close to home in Philadelphia. I have just been trying to finish up my schoolwork and stay focused. Everything hit me so fast.”