TeMarcus Blanton will no longer be a South Carolina basketball player, but will remain with the program.
The junior guard elected to end his career due to injuries, which he announced on his Twitter on Tuesday morning, and take a medical exemption.
— TeMarcus Blanton (@T_gotgame) May 23, 2017
Blanton suffered a serious hip injury during preseason of his freshman year at Carolina in 2014-15 that required surgery and months of rehabilitation before he got back on the court in 2015-16.
“After visiting with TeMarcus, he just cannot get his body to respond to continue to play basketball,” Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said in a statement. “It absolutely breaks my heart that somebody with such incredible spirit can no longer play, however, he will continue to be a big part of Gamecock basketball.”
Blanton played in 29 games in his career at South Carolina, with 21 coming in the Gamecocks’ historic run to the Final Four in the 2016-17 season. His highlight of the season came when he scored 12 points at Kentucky in January.
Over the course of his career, Blanton averaged 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.