Sheppard has possible ACL injury

dcloninger@thestate.comJune 30, 2014 

Shamiek Sheppard

FISHBURNE MILITARY SCHOOL

South Carolina’s recruiting class may be down a man.

Freshman Shamiek Sheppard, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Brooklyn, will undergo an MRI on Tuesday after tweaking a knee during a workout last week. Coach Frank Martin said on Monday that his first thought is it’s an ACL injury.

“Our initial response is that it’s a possible ACL,” Martin said during a conference call on Monday. “We’ll find out tomorrow.”

Sheppard averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds last year at Fishburne (Va.) Military School and had enrolled with fellow recruits Marcus Stroman and TeMarcus Blanton for USC’s first summer semester. While listed at two positions, Sheppard was probably going to be a “power guard” for the Gamecocks, playing the wing and able to slash to the basket.

The fourth member of the class, forward James Thompson, is still in limbo. There has been no decision made on his future at USC after he was arrested in early June for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Davis to undergo surgery

Redshirt sophomore guard Tiffany Davis is also undergoing minor knee surgery, according to a tweet on Monday.

Davis, who was seen last week with her right leg wrapped from ankle to hip, tweeted that she is having surgery on Wednesday to repair a meniscus injury. She also said that she will be back on the court by September, in plenty of time for the season. A USC sports information official confirmed that Davis has a right knee injury but should be back for the season.

Davis tore her right ACL during her freshman season (2012-13) and missed all but the first three games. She also had a pulled hamstring early last season.

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