USC Men's Basketball

Frank Martin confirms departure of three players

Shamiek Sheppard (12)
Shamiek Sheppard (12) tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina’s 2015-16 roster came a bit closer to stabilizing on Tuesday when coach Frank Martin officially announced the departures of rising juniors Demetrius Henry and Reggie Theus and rising sophomore Shamiek Sheppard.

“Following our end-of-year meetings, Reggie asked for his release so that he can transfer and be closer to his family,” Martin said in a statement. “Reggie is a fine young man who has represented our team and program in the best way possible ever since he stepped on campus, and we want to thank him and his family for their contributions to our team.

“Demetrius and Shamiek have also asked for their release and will not be with our team next season. We wish them the best moving forward and appreciate all that they and their families contributed to our program.”

The loss of Henry and Sheppard is no surprise. The two were suspended on Feb. 17 for conduct detrimental to the team and didn’t play or travel the rest of the season. Henry announced his intention to transfer on April 21, thanking Martin for the opportunity.

Henry averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 55 career games while Sheppard only played in seven games. He tore a knee ligament before his freshman year but made a quick recovery, yet still didn’t play more than seven minutes per game.

Theus, the son of former UNLV and NBA star Reggie Theus, only played in 24 games in two years.

The Gamecocks, assuming the four-man class of P.J. Dozier, Chris Silva, Travon Bunch and Jamall Gregory qualifies, will have 12 scholarship players next year. They would be able to add one more, and are still waiting on a decision from 6-foot-10 center Eric Cobb.

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