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Charges dismissed against USC’s Felder

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By The Staff

Charges against University of South Carolina basketball player Rakym Felder, stemming for a June 30 incident in Columbia, have been dismissed.

Felder, a former Indian Land High School basketball star, was arrested July 13 by Columbia police and charged with third-degree assault and battery, Richland County court records indicated at the time.

The charges stemmed from a Five Points fight in the early hours of June 30, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report.

According to reports, the decision to drop the charges against Felder was made by the city’s prosecutor.

Felder, a 5-10, 209-pound guard, played one season of basketball at Indian Land High School.

He was suspended indefinitely from the Gamecocks men’s basketball program following the June 30 incident.

Felder averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as a freshman player last season for the Gamecocks.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native had nine double-figure scoring games in 2016-17, including 15 points in the Gamecocks’ 88-81 upset of second-seeded Duke in the NCAA tournament at Greenville.

Felder, heading into the 2017-18 USC basketball season, was expected to take a larger role in the USC backcourt. Felder, in his freshman season, was suspended from the USC men’s basketball team following his arrest last Oct. 23.

Felder was charged by the Columbia police with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop on police command to a pedestrian on a controlled access highway and use of another’s or altered license or identification card.

Felder completed the state’s Pre-Trial Intervention program, allowing first-time offenders to have the record expunged by performing tasks such as community service.

Felder played his freshman season at Indian Land High, where he led the Warriors to a 23-3 record and the Region IV-AA championship. He averaged 21 points a game that season, reaping Class AA all-state honors, along with Region IV-AA Player of the Year laurels and the Warriors’ team MVP.

He played most of his high school career at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he averaged 16 points in his senior season.