Sophomore Demetrius Henry and freshman Shamiek Sheppard have been suspended from the men’s basketball team for the remainder of the regular season due to conduct detrimental to the team. Sheppard has seen action in seven games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per outing.
“Our program is based on helping young people grow as individuals and helping them succeed off the court in life after college, and winning on the court as a member of our team,” head coach Frank Martin said in a statement. “We have expectations and responsibilities that we ask our players to meet on an every day basis, and unfortunately this has not happened. I will revisit the suspensions prior to the SEC Tournament.”
According to David Cloninger of The State newspaper, both players could return for the SEC Tournament.
Marcus Stroman (throat infection) did not make the trip due to illness. Sheppard has also been suffering from a knee injury.
Henry has started 19 games for South Carolina this season and played in every contest but one. He is averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season and is second on the team with 19 blocks.