COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Injured South Carolina guard Kory Holden has left the team.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Holden's decision on Saturday, a short time before South Carolina took on No. 10 Auburn at home.

Holden is a 6-foot-1 fourth-year junior who had sat out last season for the Gamecocks after transferring from Delaware. He was expected to be a big part of South Carolina's backcourt this season with the departures of guards Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice, P.J. Dozier and Justin McKie from last year's Final Four team.

Instead, Holden played just 14 games off the bench. He has missed the past 11 games with a hamstring strain. Holden had averaged about 11 minutes and 3.4 points a game this season.

___

More AP college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25