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Injured Gamecocks point guard Blanton gives up basketball

TeMarcus Blanton (Source: WIS) TeMarcus Blanton (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina guard TeMarcus Blanton is giving up basketball after struggling with a serious hip injury he suffered before his freshman season.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin says Blanton told him he could not get his body to respond to a level that would allow him to continue playing basketball. Blanton is a 6-foot-5 junior from Locust Grove, Georgia, who hurt his hip during preseason for the 2014-15 season. He needed surgery and could not return to the court until his sophomore year.

Blanton played in 29 games, averaging 1.4 points a game.

He said on social media he is grateful to his coaches, teammates and South Carolina fans, "but my journey of basketball has come to an end."

Blanton received a medical exemption from the Southeastern Conference to remain part of the Gamecocks' program moving forward. 

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