Frank Martin has already been dealt his first blow of the 2014-2015 basketball season. Freshman forward Shamiek Sheppard is expected to miss all of next season with a torn ACL in his right knee, an injury he suffered during summer workouts.
“We feel awful for Shamiek with his injury,” Martin said. “He has worked so hard to put himself in position to play at South Carolina. We look forward to supporting him through his surgery and rehab this season.”
Sheppard is a native of Brooklyn, New York. The 6-6, 215 pound forward played at Fishburne Military School in Virginia last season where he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. He was expected to provide much needed depth inside for the Gamecocks next season.
According to a USC issued press release, Sheppard is scheduled to have surgery to repair the torn ligament later this week in Columbia.
Sheppard is one of four players in Martin’s incoming freshman class. TeMarcus Blanton, Marcus Stroman and James Thompson are the other three. Blanton and Stroman are already on campus, but Thompson is still in limbo because of his arrest last month on charges of aggravated battery and domestic abuse by battery. He is scheduled to be in court Wednesday in Louisiana.