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South Carolina's TeMarcus Blanton Announces Retirement From Basketball

TeMarcus Blanton, a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks team that made a shocking Final Four run this year, is retiring from basketball.

Blanton, a former four-star recruit, suffered a significant hip injury back in 2014, causing him to miss that entire first season in Columbia. He recovered to play sparingly for the Gamecocks for the last two seasons, but now, his basketball career is over.

Blanton announced his retirement from the sport on Twitter this morning.

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin discussed the Blanton news earlier today as well. From WLTX:

“After visiting with TeMarcus, he just cannot get his body to respond to continue to play basketball,” Gamecock head coach Frank Martin said. “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 may be done with the sport, but he is doing good work in the classroom at South Carolina, and will continue working towards his degree. According to the WLTX post, Blanton has made the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year he's been at USC.

Last season, Blanton averaged 1.3 points and one rebound per game for the Gamecocks. He played two total minutes during the team's NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four.