Gamecocks freshman forward Sheppard tears right knee ligament, will miss South Carolina season


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina incoming freshman Shamiek Sheppard will miss the season after tearing a right knee ligament.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Sheppard's injury and status Tuesday. Martin said Sheppard will have surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament this week.

Sheppard had started college classes and had hurt his knee during a workout. He's a 6-foot-6 forward from Brooklyn, New York, who averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a game last season at Fishburne Military School in Virginia.

Sheppard was among four newcomers in Martin's third season with the Gamecocks. TeMarcus Blanton and Marcus Stroman are also enrolled this summer. Forward James Thompson remains in limbo with the Gamecocks after his arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman.

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