Former Gamecock Damien Leonard will return home to Greenville and play for Furman
Mandrallius Robinson, The Greenville News ---
Former J.L. Mann High star wing Damien Leonard has transferred to Furman University.
The Greenville native played the previous two seasons at the University of South Carolina. He was one of four experienced players whom Carolina coach Frank Martin announced last month had asked for releases following the Gamecocks' 14-18 season.
Leonard signed with Furman this afternoon, marking the first major recruiting move by the Paladins' new head coach Niko Medved.
At Mann, Leonard was a four-star recruit and prolific perimeter shooter who also drew interest from Arizona, Texas, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range as a senior. He started 20 of 31 games as a freshman at USC under then-coach Darrin Horn and averaged 21 minutes and 6.8 points.
This past season, Leonard started three of 28 games and averaged 14.8 minutes and 4.0 points. He shot 31.5 percent from the field, including 29.3 percent on 3-point attempts.
Leonard must sit out a season in compliance with NCAA regulations. He will be eligible for the 2014-15 season and will be classified as a junior with two years of eligibility remaining.