COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) - South Carolina freshman guard TJ Moss has missed the last five games with a high ankle sprain. The games missed number will continue to grow as head coach Frank Martin announced on Thursday night the young Gamecock’s season is over.
Moss, his family, the coaching staff and the program’s medical staff have concluded it be best the young Gamecock file the 2018-19 season as a redshirt year.
“TJ is going to redshirt. He had surgery a couple days ago,” Martin said on his Carolina Calls call-in show on the Gamecocks IMG Sports Network. “I don’t want to start explaining what the surgery was because I’m not going to describe it the right way. That will be released tomorrow, the clarity of what got done. He’s done for the year. He’s going to redshirt. He’ll be around as a freshman again next year."
Moss had been continually reevaluated with the removal of a hard cast multiple times since suffering the injury days prior to the team faced Virginia on Dec. 19. The deadline to file a redshirt is Jan. 16. Had he elected to return this season he would not have been ready until the last stretch of games in conference play. In seven games played the point guard averaged 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. He started three games at point guard against Coastal Carolina, Wyoming and Michigan.
Moss was a part of the five-man 2018 signing class, a three-star prospect that started his high school career at Memphis East under current Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway before finishing his career at Findlay Prep.
Martin also provided the latest on Gamecocks sophomore forward Justin Minaya, who has missed the last nine games after undergoing knee surgery. He is expected to return at some point this season, but there is no definitive timetable.
“Justin did a little jogging today. One of the things that happened with Justin is when he injured the cartilage in his knee, his knee cap also sublexed and when that happens it’s like spraining something and it’s a little loose,” Martin said. “It hasn’t tightened up the way that anybody would like it too. And it will. That just comes from strengthening that all the things that go with that. He’s in good spirits.”
Carolina has won three straight, including the first two conference games of the season on the road against Florida and at home against No. 14 Mississippi State. The Gamecocks (7-7, 2-0) host Missouri on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the SEC Network.