COLUMBIA - A South Carolina men's basketball signee was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated battery and domestic abuse by battery.
James Thompson, a Baton Rouge, La., native, was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Thompson was released after posting $10,000 bail, according to The State.
"We are aware of the serious charges regarding James Thompson and are gathering more information," a USC athletics department spokesperson said Wednesday. "We will have no further comment at this time."
Thompson was arrested following two incidents with his girlfriend, the latter happening June 4. Thompson punched the victim in the eye and slapped her face several times, according to Nola.com, which cited a police report.
Thompson denied touching the victim during the June 4 incident when contacted by police, saying it was only a verbal altercation.
On Aug. 10, the victim claimed Thompson threw a cell phone at her, causing a black eye, and kicked her while she was on the floor. That incident also involved the victim's Instagram account.
Thompson signed with South Carolina last week. The 6-9 forward is ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state of Louisiana for the 2014 class, according to 247Sports.com. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game while playing for Parkview Baptist High School last season.
"James Thompson is a 6-9, long, athletic, rebounding shot-blocker, that we feel is going to be a great addition to our front line," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said in a statement released after announcing Thompson's signing last week. "He brings the ability to block shots, and that is something added to things that we were missing on last year's team."
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