Henry to transfer from South Carolina basketball program

Demetrius Henry (21), who started 19 games this past season, has annouced plans to transfer from South Carolina. (File/AP Photo/Mic Smith)

After being suspended from the South Carolina men’s basketball program for the final month of this past season, forward Demetrius Henry has announced his intention to transfer.

The 6-9, 226-pound sophomore wrote Tuesday on his Twitter feed that he would be leaving USC. Henry and another forward, freshman Shamiek Sheppard, were both suspended by head coach Frank Martin on Feb. 17 for an undisclosed violation of team policy.

“I want to thank Coach Frank and the University of South Carolina (for) the opportunity to play here, but I will be transferring,” Henry wrote. “I also want to thank the fans. ... Y’all are some of the best in the country.”

There was no immediate word on Sheppard’s status at USC. When Martin last spoke to reporters following this past season, he had yet to conduct individual player meetings and said no decisions on the status of his two suspended players had been made.

Henry, a Miami native, started 19 games this past season prior to the suspension, and averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Sheppard, a 6-6, 225-pound New York native, returned from a torn knee ligament suffered last summer to play in seven games.

Henry had also considered Miami and South Florida before choosing South Carolina out of Northeast High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He would have to sit out a season if he transfers to another Division I program, and then would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.