Jaylen Shaw transfers, signs with Coastal

dcloninger@thestate.comMay 16, 2014 

USC's Jaylen Shaw

C MICHAEL BERGEN — mbergen@thestate.com

South Carolina is down another player.

Rising sophomore guard Jaylen Shaw confirmed on Tuesday that he is transferring from the Gamecocks, becoming the second player to leave the program this offseason. Like the first, Desmond Ringer, Shaw expressed a desire to head somewhere where he could play more.

“Yeah, pretty much,” Shaw said. “It was a last-minute thing.”

Coastal Carolina on Friday announced that Shaw signed with the Chanticleers.

“We are extremely excited Jaylen has decided to join our program at Coastal Carolina University,” coach Cliff Ellis said in a press release. “He was one of our most sought after recruits a year ago before signing with South Carolina. He fits the mold for what we look for in a combo guard. After sitting out a year he will be able to step right in and fill the void left by Josh Cameron who will be graduating. Coach (Frank) Martin spoke very highly of Jaylen and said he had the potential to be a great player and wished him luck in the future.”

A backup point guard for USC, Shaw struggled for minutes even when starter Ty Johnson broke his foot and Bruce Ellington left for the NFL after three games. He averaged 9.7 minutes and 3.0 points over 28 games.

Shaw also had a difficult situation midway through his freshman year when he lost his grandmother to cancer.

The transfer leaves one open scholarship for the 2014-15 season. The Gamecocks hosted two recruits over the past week – Houston transfer Danuel House and 6-foot-8 James Thompson of Baton Rouge. Thompson is an uncommitted high-school senior.

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