Demetrius Henry and Shamiek Sheppard will not travel with South Carolina to the SEC tournament, leaving their future with the Gamecocks in limbo.
Frank Martin suspended the two for the remainder of the regular season on Feb. 17 for conduct detrimental to the team. He said then that he would re-visit the suspensions before the SEC tournament.
“I have not visited with those two guys,” Martin said on Tuesday, before the Gamecocks were set to practice and then head to Nashville for the tournament. “They will not be on the trip and they will not play in the tournament. But I have not visited with them. We got back from Tennessee late Saturday and I left recruiting, and I got in late last night.”
Martin has not spoken further about the suspensions, only saying he would when the time was right. The two have not practiced with the team since.
Despite being down to nine players at times, USC has gone 3-3 since Henry and Sheppard were suspended, including winning at Georgia right after the announcement. The Gamecocks, who play Missouri in the tournament’s first round at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, will clinch no worse than a .500 overall record with a win.
Henry, a sophomore forward and Top 100 prospect from Miami, averaged six points and 3.6 rebounds and started 19 of his 21 games this season. He missed three games with a concussion suffered in practice.
Sheppard, a freshman from Brooklyn, surprised everyone by returning from a torn ACL in the summer to play this year but only averages 6.9 minutes per game. He had 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in seven games this year.