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Raley-Ross set to return

Brandis Raley-Ross, who has been out with a sprained knee, appears set to return Tuesday to the South Carolina men's basketball team.

The junior guard has not played since the Gamecocks' opener on Nov. 14, when he sustained the injury. Coach Darrin Horn said a final decision had not been made, but said there was "a good chance" he would play against North Carolina-Central.

"We're not going to play him unless he's full-go," Horn said. "It'll just depend on how the game goes."

Raley-Ross would not start, added Horn. The player has been practicing with the team for a little while.

Horn said Muldrow was "not any better, in terms of being any close to playing." Muldrow has yet to play because of academics, then sprained his elbow in practice last week. His academic status is still unclear.

"Because of the nature of the injury, our medical staff has been pretty clear that there isn't (a timetable)," Horn said. "We'll just have to see how it goes. I don't think it's going to be anytime soon, meaning before Christmas."

Junior center Mitchell Carter missed a couple days of practice time last week to return to Milwaukee after a death in the family. So for a few days the Gamecocks were practicing with just nine players, including freshman Shane Phillips, who is not officially a member of the team.