Freshman USC guard Shelbretta Ball has been medically disqualified from the team, head coach Dawn Staley announced today.
The team said Ball was evaluated by specialists before deciding she could not play. The nature of medical issue was not disclosed.
Ball will remain on scholarship and will be involved in the program in an undetermined capacity, a team spokeswoman said.
Ball is the niece of Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Ruthie Bolton, who played with Staley on the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams.
She was among six newcomers to the Staley's team.
She signed with the Gamecocks after helping Jackson Academy to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools state championship.