Just when it appeared Penn State basketball was in good shape, we learned today that redshirt junior Jermaine Marshall will forgo his final season of eligibility and pursue a professional basketball career.
Head coach Patrick Chambers made the following statement regarding Marshall in a press release:
“Jermaine and I have had several discussions recently regarding his plans for the future and he feels strongly that graduating and entering the professional world at the conclusion of the summer is in the best interest of his son and his family. We thank Jermaine for his contributions to our program and wish him the best of luck.”
Marshall was second on the team last season in scoring with 15.3 points per game, and was expected to be a part of Penn State’s potentially lethal back-court of himself, D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier. However, with the usual fortunes of Penn State basketball, things just didn’t go their way.
If you are looking for a bright side to this news, a scholarship is opened up now for a graduate transfer that can play immediately. Also more playing time has been opened up for incoming freshman like Graham Woodward and Geno Thorpe. Incoming Pitt transfer (eligible in December) will likely be placed into a starting role.
I’m less enthused about this Pitt matchup now.