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Deloach to transfer away from Gamecocks

Trevor Deloach’s basketball career at South Carolina is ending before he played a game.

The freshman guard from Saluda has decided to transfer from the USC men’s basketball team.

Deloach’s departure comes with a push from new coach Darrin Horn. Last week Horn told the player while he would honor his scholarship, he was not in the team’s plans, according to several sources.

“We expressed to Trevor that he had a scholarship at the University of South Carolina but he felt it was in his best interests to pursue other opportunities,” Horn said Thursday night through team spokesman Steve Fink. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Attempts to reach Deloach were unsuccessful.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 34 points per game as a senior at Saluda High School, but redshirted this past season.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Deloach would have to sit out another year if he goes immediately to another Division I school. He can play right away if he goes to a Division II school.

, Deloach’s departure leaves USC with three scholarship guards on next year’s roster: Zam Fredrick, Devan Downey and Brandis Raley-Ross. Walk-ons Branden Conrad and Robert Wilder are also guards.

This also leaves the Gamecocks without any new players for Horn’s first season, unless he makes a late signing. Recruit Darius Morrow, a forward from Atlanta, was granted a release from his letter of intent last month and signed earlier this week with East Carolina.

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