Citing a “coach’s decision,” Jacksonville State head coach James Green has dismissed two players from the team, as the Gamecocks enter a crucial stretch run to try and earn an OVC Tournament spot.
According to the Anniston Star, forward Tereas Clemmons and guard Rico Sanders will “no longer be a part of JSU basketball, as far as competing.”
Following Satuday’s loss at Tennessee Tech, Green hinted “changes would be coming” as the Gamecocks, currently one-game back in the loss column of eighth place Austin Peay, look to remain in the hunt to make the trip to Nashville.
Both Clemmons and Sanders were mostly role players for JSU. Clemmons, a 6’6 JUCO transfer, averaged 13 minutes a game for Green. He averaged 4.2 points, and 2.1 rebounds in his first season with the Gamecocks. He did have three double-digit scoring games earlier in the year, but had seen his minutes decrease throughout the last three weeks, playing just one in that loss to TTU last weekend.
The 6’3 Sanders is in his senior year, having played two years for Green after transferring from South Alabama. Sanders averaged just 10 minutes in 14 games this season, scoring 3.7 points per contest. He hadn’t scored since the Gamecocks loss to Tennessee State more than a month ago.
This isn’t the first time Green has dismisses players mid-season. Two years ago, the Gamecocks dismissed Stephen Hall in January for what the school called “internal issues”
What impact the dismissals could have on the Gamecocks chances of making it to Nashville are unclear. JSU is currently on a three-game losing streak, and hosts Morehead State Thursday.