Gamecocks forward suspended for five games

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Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 12:09 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (The Big Spur) - Frank Martin announced Monday that the South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball team will be without one of its top returning players, to start this season.

Keyshawn Bryant is suspended for the first five games, due to a violation of athletics department policy. Bryant, a fourth-year wing from Winter Haven, Fla., continues to practice with the team.

“He’s with us every day, he practices, he’s in great spirits,” Martin said. “He’s my guy. It’s just something unfortunate that I have to announce today.”

South Carolina opens its 2021-22 schedule on Tuesday night against USC-Upstate. The suspension will leave the Gamecocks without Bryant until the Nov. 28 game against Rider. He’ll miss both games this weekend in the Asheville Championship: Princeton and Western Kentucky/Minnesota. UAB (Nov. 18) and Wofford (Nov. 23) travel to South Carolina before the end of Bryant’s suspension.

“This is not something I found out of yesterday,” Martin said. “He has battled a knee in preseason; I didn’t mislead anyone on that. He could have played against Benedict, but I didn’t play him because of his knee. His knee is in a good place right now. This is just a decision that had to be made.”

Last month, Southeastern Conference coaches voted Bryant preseason second-team All-SEC. He averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in the 2020-21 campaign.

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