South Carolina's second-leading scorer Lashay Page won't play the rest of the season because of academic issues.
The school announced the senior's status on Friday. First-year coach Frank Martin said on Thursday he'd hoped to have Page's "academic glitch" cleared up in a day or two, perhaps even in time for the start of Southeastern Conference play next week.
Instead, the senior transfer from Southern Miss is done for the season. Martin said in a text message to The AP that he would take questions on Page's situation after Saturday's game against South Carolina State.
Page, 6-foot-2 guard, has started nine games and averaged 11.7 points. He's also been South Carolina's top foul shooter at 87.1 percent.
He had missed South Carolina's past two games as Martin dealt with eligibility questions.
Martin said Thursday there were several in-depth meetings about Page's status, "but as of right now, that academic glitch has not changed, there he is still not allowed to dress" with the team.
Page is from Dillon, about two hours northeast of South Carolina's campus, and had hoped to join the Gamecocks after high school, but did not qualify academically.
He began his college career at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Florida, before transferring to Southern Miss for his sophomore and junior seasons. Page averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 starts for the Golden Eagles, helping them to the NCAA tournament where they lost to Martin's Kansas State club 70-64 in their opening game.
Page graduated from Southern Miss this past summer and got an NCAA waiver to join South Carolina immediately instead of sitting out a year as a Division I transfer. He had hoped of playing a final season where family and friends could regularly attend.
Page's best performances for South Carolina came early on. He scored in double figures in five of the Gamecocks' first six contest, including 22 in a win over Missouri State at the Hoops for Hope Classic in Mexico two months back. Page, though, scored just 12 total points in the final three games he played.