David Cloninger

Gamecocks get a shakeup: Men’s basketball roster in transition

Spring Valley High basketball star P.J. Dozier arrives on the USC campus this summer.
Spring Valley High basketball star P.J. Dozier arrives on the USC campus this summer. tdominick@thestate.com

The announced transfers on Tuesday of Demetrius Henry, Shamiek Sheppard and Reggie Theus raises the number of departures from last year’s 17-16 team to five. The Gamecocks have a four-man class committed and have room to add one more scholarship player. A look at the 2015-16 roster:


G Ty Johnson

The team’s starting point guard, Johnson leaves the biggest void. The only senior, he averaged 9.5 points, third on the team.

F Demetrius Henry

Points (6.0) and rebounds (3.6) can be replaced, but his 6-foot-9 stature won’t be as easy. USC doesn’t have much height.

G/F Shamiek Sheppard

He never got a chance to show what he could do, playing in seven games after returning from knee surgery.

F Reggie Theus

Outstanding in the locker room and with the media, Theus will be missed – but as a personality, not a player.

G Austin Constable

A walk-on who didn’t play after a knee injury, he decided to graduate and move on.


G P.J. Dozier

The most hyped freshman prospect since BJ McKie, Dozier can be an elite floor general and scorer.

G Jamall Gregory

A late find on the recruiting trail, the 6-4 shooting guard will be able to back up several players.

F Chris Silva

A raw but gifted discovery, the 6-8 Silva might have his picture next to “can jump out of the gym” by the time next season ends.

Travon Bunch

At 6-10 and 230 pounds, he is sorely needed in the post. But he has yet to sign because of academic concerns.


G Sindarius Thornwell

The most talented player, he had a procedure on each patella tendon and is feeling better than he did last season.

G Marcus Stroman

Flashes of brilliance from the freshman point guard, but a throat infection cost him 20 pounds and his energy late last season.

G TeMarcus Blanton

Recovery from hip surgery is going well, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be cleared to play.

G Duane Notice

He took the team’s scoring title (11.7) and became a takeover player late in the year. If he can stay consistent, he and Thornwell are a lethal backcourt.

C Laimonas Chatkevicius

The team’s tallest player (6-11), “Big Chat” has improved every year. He can be an 8-point, 8-board guy.

G Justin McKie

He seemed primed to break out, but an early season concussion derailed his progress this past season.

F Michael Carrera

“Mr. Energy” who is the team’s beloved pest – he gets the loose balls, is in on every rebound and gets the opponents frustrated.

F Mindaugas Kacinas

At 6-7, Kacinas will supply needed height. Like Chatkevicius, he might not be an all-star, but he’s dependable.

G Brian Steele

A 3-point specialist, Steele has done a bit of everything. He’s hoping his twice-repaired right knee holds up as a senior.

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