South Carolina basketball has been undergoing a roster renovation over the last few years and this offseason will be no different.
The news broke Tuesday evening that rising sophomore guard Jaylen Shaw will transfer from the South Carolina basketball team, joining rising sophomore forward Desmond Ringer as the second Gamecock to leave the team since the end of the 2013-2014 basketball season.
Shaw was a scoring guard in high school that came on late in the recruiting process to draw interest from teams like Clemson along with some mid-majors like High Point, where he was once committed before.
This season, Shaw averaged 3.0 points per game over 28 games while playing an average of 9.7 minutes per game. The Gamecocks roster will have point guard Tyrone Johnson as the established starter with highly talented Marcus Stroman enrolling this summer.
The move here appears to be related to playing time and it was a mutual decision between the two parties as it appears the Gamecocks were willing to have Shaw on the roster for next season as well.
Per our basketball analyst Carey Rich, Jaylen Shaw had the option of staying at USC, but wanted more playing time pic.twitter.com/6XFMsc3yul— Reggie Anderson (@ReggieWLTX) May 14, 2014
This will free up an extra scholarship spot, which is beneficial for South Carolina as they recently hosted Daniel House, a former five-star recruit, who is looking to transfer from Houston. House would certainly add some skill to a lineup that should be much improved in 2014-2015.
Look for Shaw to head down to a mid-major program and should excel in that type of environment.
Frank Martin, once again, will deal with the turnover in hopes of improving this program in the immediate future.