Spinella lands at Monmouth

July 19, 2011 

The Gamecocks defeated Radford 85-56 Friday evening at the Colonial Life Arena. Stephen Spinella circles for a shot.

ANDREW HAWORTH — ahaworth@thestate.com

Former USC guard Stephen Spinella is heading to Monmouth University in his home state of New Jersey.

Spinella decided to transfer after two seasons in Columbia when his playing time diminished.

He saw action in a team-low 15 games last season, averaging 2.5 points a contest. Spinella played in 29 games his freshman season.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Colts Neck, N.J., native will play for ex-Vanderbilt assistant King Rice at Monmouth.

Rick Callahan, a former assistant at USC under Eddie Fogler, is on Rice's staff.

After sitting out a season, Spinella will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Spinella told the Asbury Park Press that he was offered scholarships by Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Troy, High Point and Gardner-Webb, and was recruited by Penn and and Columbia.

He is the second Gamecock this year to find a new school closer to home.

Sophomore guard Ramon Galloway transferred to La Salle in his native Philadelphia.

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