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Frank Martin: Shamiek Sheppard may play this season

The 6'6" small forward, who tore his ACL last summer, may be able to contribute this season.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The surprising South Carolina Gamecock basketball team looked like it would put just one of its three new faces on the court this season, that being freshman point guard Marcus Stroman. Fellow signees TeMarcus Blanton and Shamiek Sheppard suffered injuries over the summer that seemed to indicate a redshirt season was in store for each. But according to head coach Frank Martin, the 6'6" small forward is ahead of schedule and could stand to see the court this season:

Sheppard was rated a 3-star recruit out of high school, and signed with South Carolina after playing a year at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA.

South Carolina, currently riding a four game winning streak, plays North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, December 30 at 7:00 PM in Columbia.