Junior guard Evan Hinson will focus on football and will no longer play with the Gamecocks in basketball, the school announced Wednesday.
Hinson saw action in 46 career games on the court and was part of the team’s 2017 Final Four squad. He is on scholarship for football but came to USC with the goal to play for both Frank Martin and Will Muschamp.
“I want to thank both Coach Martin and Coach Muschamp for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to play basketball and football here at Carolina,” Hinson said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the basketball experiences I’ve had here, and that is thanks to the staff and my teammates who accepted and helped me from day one.”
South Carolina takes on No. 1 Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The football team begins spring practice later this month.
Get six months of free digital access to The State
“The commitment that Evan has made to compete year-round for three consecutive years is incredible,” Martin said in the statement. “I fully support Evan’s decision to focus on football and I speak for our entire program when I say thank you to him. We’re excited to support him as he takes on the opportunity to go earn playing time as a tight end on the football team with Coach Muschamp.”
Hinson started 17 games last season, but only logged 10.1 minutes a contest. He averaged 2.7 points. Hinson had less of a role this season, seeing just over nine minutes a game off the bench after joining the team in December.
Because he’s on scholarship for football, the basketball Gamecocks are still at their 13 scholly limit for next season.
A 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end, Hinson has two years of eligibility remaining for Muschamp. Hinson has made one career catch.
Hinson will have the opportunity to break through at the tight end position for the Gamecocks in 2019.
K.C. Crosby and Jacob August have graduated. Kiel Pollard and Kyle Markway will be seniors. Will Register will be a sophomore, and USC signed two at the position in the 2019 class (Traevon Kenion, KeShawn Toney.)