South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin told reporters on Thursday that suspended players TeMarcus Blanton and Chris Silva will be back with the team later this month.
Blanton and Silva are the only two returning players out of the five who were suspended 90 minutes before the first round of the NIT.
“They’ll be on campus, starting June 30 … they’ll be back in class for the second summer session,” Martin said.
Along with Eric Cobb, Jamall Gregory and Marcus Stroman, Blanton and Silva were suspended for a “conduct issue” before South Carolina’s 88-66 win over High Point. The Gamecocks were bounced by Georgia Tech in the following round.
Silva, a sophomore center from New Jersey, averaged 5.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 32 games last season.
Blanton, a reserve guard from Georgia, appeared in just eight games last season as a redshirt freshman.
“They’ve paid a price. I’m not into holding grudges and holding people down. They’re in the good graces of our campus again,” Martin said. “When they get here, we’ll sit down and start talking basketball. If you speak basketball before life, you’ve got a problem. We’ve figured the life part out. Now, we’ll start talking basketball.”
Cobb and Gregory were arrested in March and have since been dismissed from the program.
Two property crime arrests: Eric Cobb & Jamall Gregory accused of using BB pellet gun to damage cars & a building early this month.
— Cola Police Dept. SC (@ColumbiaPDSC) March 17, 2016
Stroman, the first player to commit to Martin at South Carolina, opted to transfer.
“He wanted to play more and I fully understand,” Martin said. “He was great with us here and he was a heck of a teammate.”