Antonio Grant's first season at South Carolina may be over.
USC coach Eddie Fogler is contemplating redshirting Grant, a freshman from North Augusta High, who has missed the past six games with a broken bone in his foot.
Grant, a 6-foot-5 forward, has played in only five games and is scheduled to miss the next three weeks. The Gamecocks will play 29 games this season, meaning Grant will be eligible for a medical redshirt, having played in fewer than 20 percent of his team's games.
"That's a possibility," Fogler said following his team's 66-56 victory over Auburn on Saturday night. "He's made good progress since he's been here. We really like him."
Grant started, but played only eight minutes against UNC Charlotte on Dec. 6. He scored seven points and had seven rebounds in only 15 minutes in a 64-41 victory over Wofford on Dec. 2. Grant is averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds.
NO WAKE FOR WAKE: The entire ACC is gushing over Wake Forest's level of play in its 10-0 start.
The Deacons are in the middle of one of their toughest stretches of the season, winning at Utah last Tuesday and defeating North Carolina in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday.
They play at Georgia Tech tonight (9 p.m., ESPN) and at Duke on Sunday afternoon.
"I can't say enough about Wake Forest," said Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins, whose team is struggling at xx-xx and 0-2 in the league. "They're playing as well as anybody in the conference. I don't know how we're going to stop Tim Duncan. We've got to hope he gets the flu or something like that."
Said Wake coach Dave Odom: "I didn't know we would play this well, I didn't know Tim Duncan would play this well. It's highly unlikely anybody will go 16-0 in this league. This league is just too good. If you tell me anybody will go 16-0, I'll just shrug in disbelief."
TOUGH ROAD: Auburn coach Cliff Ellis is at it again.
Notorious for loading his schedule with more patsies than most coaches, Ellis was at it again when preparing this schedule. All of the Tigers' nine victories have come against "lesser" opponents.
The list: Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Little Rock, Georgia State, Western Carolina, Hawaii-Hilo, South Alabama, Murray State, Florida A&M and Winthrop.
They've lost to every "big" school, including Alabama-Birmingham, Colorado, Texas Christian, Baylor and South Carolina.
THIS OLD GYM: With his Clemson basketball team skyrocketing to national prominence, one of coach Rick Barnes' next priorities is to renovate Littlejohn Coliseum.
"There are a lot of problems with the building that have to be fixed," Barnes said. "We're putting together our information now and hope to present it to the board of trustees in the spring. Littlejohn is used for a lot of different things. The entire university needs it."
RIM SHOTS: Virginia coach Jeff Jones on his team's 0-2 conference record: "It's not the end of the world." .°.°. North Carolina's Vince Carter is injured, but should be able to play against Maryland tonight. .°.°. South Carolina was 16-2 at Frank McGuire Arena last season, but is only 4-3 this season, losing to powerhouses such as UNC Asheville and Charleston Southern.
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