USC suspends former ILHS player Felder

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By The Staff

University of South Carolina sophomore guard Rakym Felder, who played one season of basketball at Indian Land High School, has been suspended indefinitely from the Gamecocks men’s basketball program and will not attend classes this fall, USC basketball coach Frank Martin announced Aug. 16.
According to Richland County court records, Felder was arrested July 13 by Columbia police and charged with third-degree assault and battery. He was released on personal recognizance.
“Due to some unfortunate decisions by Rakym, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program,” Martin said in a statement. “I will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man, even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now.”
Felder averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as a freshman player last season for the Gamecocks.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native had nine double-figure scoring games in 2016-17, including 15 points in the Gamecocks’ 88-81 upset of second-seeded Duke in the NCAA tournament at Greenville.
Felder was expected to take a larger role this season in the USC backcourt with the departure of guards Sindarius Thornwell, a Lancaster native, P.J. Dozier, Duane Notice and Justin McKie.
The latest incident marks Felder’s second suspension from the USC men’s basketball team.
Felder was arrested Oct. 23, 2016, by the Columbia police and charged with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop on police command to a pedestrian on a controlled access highway and use of another’s or altered license or identification card.
Felder completed the state’s pre-trial intervention program, allowing first-time offenders to have their record expunged by performing tasks such as community service.
Felder played his freshman season at Indian Land High, where he led the Warriors to a 23-3 record and the Region IV-AA championship. He averaged 21 points a game that season, reaping Class AA all-state honors, along with Region IV-AA Player of the Year laurels and the Warriors’ team MVP.
Felder played most of his high school career at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, where he averaged 16 points, four rebounds and six assists in his senior season with the Railsplitters.