Kelsey Bone leaving South Carolina

The heralded freshman who took so long to decide where she was going last year is transferring from South Carolina. Kelsey Bone won’t say where she’s going, but if Coach Dawn Staley has her way, it won’t be anywhere near her:

However, Bone went to Staley about two weeks ago with her desire to leave. Staley said the players and coaches did what they could to change her mind, and Bone even was seen helping host a South Carolina prospect last Saturday at a football scrimmage.

Bone would not be dissuaded. The player said through team spokeswoman Diana Koval she did not wish to make a statement or comment on her status.

“She was steady on thinking that another place was the best for her,” Staley said.

Bone is expected to remain in school through the semester, then decide where to go. Staley persuaded Bone to join the Gamecocks, who were 10-18 and just 2-12 in the SEC in 2008-09, over recruiting efforts by home-state programs Texas and Texas A&M.

South Carolina improved to 14-15 and 7-9 in league play with Bone.

Staley said flatly she would not release Bone to play at another SEC school. She would evaluate any other school that Bone brings her way before signing off, Staley said.

It is the first major off-court setback for Staley’s two-year-old program.

I remember last fall before the season started, and Bone and Staley went back and forth on twitter non-stop with seemingly good-natured bantering. But that eventually stopped.

Where could Bone be headed? It better not be Baylor, aka the transfer acceptance school.