Freshmen basketball players dismissed from the team - DatelineCarolina

Martin dismisses basketball players from the team

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Freahman forward Jamall Gregory played 20 games and averaged 1.7 points per game Freahman forward Jamall Gregory played 20 games and averaged 1.7 points per game
Freshman guard Eric Cobb played 24 games and averaged 1.1 points per game Freshman guard Eric Cobb played 24 games and averaged 1.1 points per game

By: Avery Bofinger

Men's basketball coach Frank Martin dismissed freshman guard Jamall Gregory and freshmen forward Eric Cobb from the Gamecock basketball team Monday. Martin opened a press conference yesterday to talk about his contract extension with the announcement.

"Eric Cobb and Jamall Gregory are no longer with us...we've all agreed it's best for them to move on," Martin said.

Cobb and Gregory were arrested for shooting a BB pellet gun at occupied cars on March 17. Cobb was charged with malicious injury to private property and third degree assault and battery. Gregory was charged with three counts of malicious injury to personal property, and one count of malicious injury to real property. Cobb and Gregory were both suspended from the team hours before the Gamecocks played in the NIT tournament.

"They were great for us here the past year, the help us tremendously," Martin added.

Chris Silva, Marcus Stroman and TeMarcus Blaton were also suspended from the team in March. None were charged with any crime and no announcement was made about their status.

"The other three young men continue to be suspended," Martin stated. "We continue to engage in conversation with them and see where the next step is with them."

Cobb and Gregory have personally apologized to the victims. They are applying for pre-trial intervention which allows first-time offenders with an alternative to traditional prosecution in the criminal justice system. The charges could be expunged from their records as long as they complete a number and requirements.

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