COLUMBIA (WACH)- South Carolina men's basketball head coach Frank Martin announced Friday in a statement that four members of the 2012-13 team will not return next season. Those include Damien Leonard, Eric Smith, RJ Slawson and Brian Richardson.
"After our team's end of the season meetings, Damien Leonard, Eric Smith, RJ Slawson and Brian Richardson have decided to ask for their release and will not be with the team moving forward," Martin said.
A sophomore guard out of J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, Leonard played in 28 games this season and averaged four points and nearly two rebounds per game.
Smith, a junior from Christ School High School in Mullins, started 27 of the Gamecocks 32 games this season averaging 5.7 points and led the team in assists with 98.
6-8 forward from Fort Dorchester High School in Charleston RJ Slawson played in all 32 games for USC and averaged 4.2 points and three rebounds per game.
Richardson, a junior from Greenfield School in Wilson, NC played in all but one game last season for the Gamecocks and averaged 7.5 points and two rebounds per game.
Martin also announced on Friday the addition of three signees:
Demetrius Henry (F/C - 6-9 210 lbs. - Faith Baptist Christian School - Brandon, FL)
Duane Notice (G - 6-2 200 lbs. - St. Thomas More/Oakdale, CT)
Reggie Theus, Jr. (F - 6-6 190 lbs - Fairfax/Los Angeles, CA)
Henry, Notice and Theus Jr. will join early signees Desmond Ringer, Justin McKie and Sindarius Thornwell as well as transfer Tyrone Johnson for the 2013-14 campaign.
The Gamecocks finished 14-18 overall and 4-14 in the SEC during the 2012-13 season.