Coach James Green confirmed the dismissals Wednesday, citing “coach’s decision.” No other details were available.
“(They) will no longer be a part of JSU basketball as far as competing, coach’s decision,” Green said.
Neither player was included on the team roster in the Gamecocks’ notes for Thursday’s game with Morehead State.
Clemmons, a 6-foot-6 junior, played in 24 games averaging 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds. Sanders, a 6-3 senior who transferred in from South Alabama and regained his eligibility last winter, played 14 games and averaged 3.7 points and 0.6 rebounds.
Clemmons scored in double figure three times this season, going for 14 at Florida State and 12 against Central Michigan and Eastern Illinois. Sanders scored 10 points twice early in the season, but had played in only five of the Gamecocks’ last 14 games. They played a combined five minutes in the Gamecocks’ loss to Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Green expressed displeasure with his team’s play after the loss and hinted some changes could be coming. He said he thought the team’s response when it returned to workouts was “really good.”
“We’re trying to develop a little bit of a base as we move forward,” Green said Tuesday. “I would expect we will compete a lot better than we did on Saturday. We just didn’t put our best focus out there on the court. It was probably the most disappointing game we’ve played in the league.”
The Gamecocks (10-16, 4-7) go into Thursday’s game with Morehead State a half-game out of the eighth and final OVC Tournament spot with five games remaining.
Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.