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Former five-star recruit granted release from South Carolina, report says

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A former five-star recruit is leaving South Carolina women’s basketball.

Forward LaDazhia Williams, who just completed her sophomore season with the Gamecocks, has been granted her release from the program and will look to transfer, her former AAU team tweeted Tuesday. Williams retweeted the message from her account and a spokesperson for USC confirmed.

Williams played sparingly in her two seasons in Columbia, appearing in 48 games and starting none while averaging 6.2 minutes per contest. In her limited minutes, she averaged 1.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.28 blocks per game. Injuries held her back early in her freshman season and she never wound up playing a significant on-court role for coach Dawn Staley’s team.

Out of high school, Williams was ranked the No. 48 overall player in the class for 2017.

South Carolina advanced to its sixth consecutive Sweet 16 this past season and brings in the naton’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2019.

Greg Hadley is the beat writer for South Carolina women’s basketball and baseball for GoGamecocks and The State. He also covers football and recruiting.
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