South Carolina added a guard earlier today, but lost one of the established contributors to the surprising 2017 Final Four team for at least the upcoming semester.
Rakym Felder, a rising sophomore from Brooklyn, NY, averaged 5.6 points in 14.6 minutes per game last season.
He had one of his best games in the Gamecocks' second round upset of Duke, scoring 15 points in the 88-81 win.
Today, South Carolina announced that he has been suspended indefinitely since June, and will not be at the school to even attend classes this fall.
According to The State, Felder was arrested on July 13 for assault and battery, two weeks after the suspension is said to have started. It was his second arrest since joining South Carolina basketball.
According to Richland County court records, Felder was arrested July 13 by Columbia police and charged with third-degree assault and battery. He was released on personal recognizance, court records show.
Details about the alleged offense were not immediately available. The State newspaper has requested a copy of the incident report from the Columbia Police Department.
Felder released a statement through his attorney this afternoon, apologizing for the situation.
“I’m very sorry for my recent behavior that led to my arrest and school suspension. I take full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses for my conduct.
“I apologize to the entire University of South Carolina family including our loyal fans, President Pastides, Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Ray Tanner, Coach Martin and his staff, and my teammates. I know I have let you down and I will have to work hard to regain your trust.”
Felder was expected to see his role significantly increase this season, as the Gamecocks lose backcourt players Sindarius Thornwell, P.J. Dozier, Duane Notice and Justin McKie from the Final Four team. Now, he'll be out for at least a significant chunk of the season.
The news comes hours after South Carolina reportedly added Maine graduate transfer Wesley Myers, who scored 16.9 points per game as a guard for the Black Bears last season.