COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced Saturday morning that freshman guard TeMarcus Blanton underwent left hip surgery on Friday after suffering an injury during practice this week.
The university has not said how long Blanton's recovery will be or when he will be able to practice again.
Blanton, who is from Locust Grove, Georgia, averaged 20.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior in high school. He helped guide his high school to its first region tournament championship and state tournament victories in school history.
Blanton becomes the latest member of South Carolina's four-man recruiting class to be sidelined. Forward James Thompson did not enroll after an allegation of assault in his home state of Louisiana and forward Shamiek Sheppard tore a knee ligament earlier this summer and is out for the season.