As expected, James Thompson will not be starting classes at South Carolina on Monday.
Coach Frank Martin confirmed that Thompson, the 6-foot-9 signee from Louisiana who was arrested last month for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, wouldnt be with the Gamecocks for the second summer semester, which begins Monday. Martin also said Thompson wasnt set to report until the fall semester anyway.
That was always the plan, Martin said.
Whether Thompson ever suits up for the Gamecocks still is in question. The staff is waiting for Thompsons legal situation to be cleared before deciding his future.
When the legal process will conclude is a mystery. Online records and a clerk of court in Baton Rouge, La., had no court date for Thompson listed on any recent or future docket.
Theres not much I can say, Martin said. Hes an awesome kid, and we just got to sit back and see what happens. Hes an awesome kid. I dont know what else I can tell you.
The rest of the team has been on campus since early June, going through individual and small-group workouts. All of the Gamecocks (save freshman Shamiek Sheppard, who is facing knee surgery) will compete in the S.C. Pro-Am, which begins Thursday.
USCs womens team will receive one more part of its recruiting class Sunday when McDonalds All-American Bianca Cuevas enrolls. The No. 35 overall player in the nation and the No. 7 point guard, Cuevas is reporting from the Bronx.
She is the third McDonalds All-American coach Dawn Staley signed this season, along with Jatarie White and top national prospect Aja Wilson.
Bianca is every bit of New York, Staley said in a statement when Cuevas signed. She comes to us with a lot of flash and can put the ball in the hole.
Staleys Gamecocks will add the final piece of their team in the fall, when the fifth member of the signing class enrolls. Doniyah Cliney, a 6-foot guard from Newark, is expected to report then.
The fall semester begins on Aug. 21.