South Carolina freshman forward Anthony Gill has been granted permission to contact other NCAA institutions to discuss a potential transfer, the school announced Friday.
The permission to contact was not restrictive to specific institutions.
“We’re going to allow Anthony to go through the recruiting process again, and South Carolina will be involved in that,” head coach Frank Martin said in a statement Friday evening..
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Gill saw action in all 31 games in 2011-12, with 26 starts on the year. He averaged 7.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.3 minutes per game.
Gill, from Charlotte, N.C., posted seven double-figure scoring games and led or shared the team lead in scoring five times and in rebounding six times.
Several of Martin’s new players are going through the process of deciding if they want to remain with the team, he said earlier this week.
“You have to re-recruit your team, and you have to understand that whenever you take a new job. That’s part of it,” Martin said.
South Carolina is slated to return 10 scholarship players (point guard Bruce Ellington’s scholarship is counted against the football team). Ellington, Gill and sophomore Damontre Harris are the team’s leading returning scorers.
Harris is also believed to be contemplating a transfer.
Martin is meeting with the parents of players this week, he said, to help them understand his vision for the future of the program.
“They shouldn’t trust me just because I got named head coach,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way. I didn’t recruit them. I don’t know anything about them. They don’t know anything about me because I was never in their home. It’s my job to get them and their families to understand what myself and our family are about.”
If any player decides to leave, South Carolina will give them an unconditional release, Martin said.