Raymond Doby, whose time with the South Carolina Gamecocks was somewhat in jeopardy after being hit with a charge of marijuana possession in March, has been removed from the team's roster. He is the third player to be sent off by Frank Martin, following Jamall Gregory and Eric Cobb.
Doby, a freshman, came in with some promise after a successful prep year in which he averaged a double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) per game. He originally pledged to DePaul before going the prep route and finally deciding to commit to the Gamecocks. In his first and only year with the program, he averaged 6.8 points off the bench in 16 games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. His top point total was eight, achieved twice - in games against Francis Marion and Arkansas, while his high in rebounds was four, a mark reached three times.
Doby's departure, coupled with the graduations of Laimonas Chatkevicius, Mindaugus Kacinas and Michael Carrera - along with Cobb and Gregory being kicked off - will mean the freeing up of a sixth scholarship. However, with four freshmen, a JUCO transfer that is available immediately, and a second transfer in Kory Holden from Delaware, all of those spots are filled. The news also means that three of the five scholarship freshmen that were brought in before the season are no longer with the team (John Ragin is a walk-on).