by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
USC head coach Andy Enfield has suspended senior guard JT Terrell for the rest of the fall semester due to sub-par performance in the classroom.
According to Enfield, the team hopes to get Terrell back in time for its December 19 matchup against Long Beach State, which should be the team’s first game after fall semester grades are posted.
From The Los Angeles Times:
Terrell will miss at least five games, including the trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas, where USC (4-1) next plays Thanksgiving Day against Villanova.
“We’re hoping to get JT back after the semester,” Enfield said. Enfield said Terrell, a captain, is also not practicing with the team. Terrell was not at the game Thursday to comment.
Enfield said the Trojans will miss Terrell for as long as he is out. “He’s our senior captain, our most athletic player, a double-figures scorer last year, a starter,” Enfield said.
“But they have to be student-athletes. USC has an unbelievable academic support system. If he can’t succeed, it’s not USC’s fault, it’s your fault. I love the kid, but he needs to be a student-athlete.”
Terrell is a starter and captain for the Trojans, and is third on the team with 10 points per game. The North Carolina native was second on the team in scoring last year, and was second on the team with 1.9 assists per game.