PSU guard Marshall to forego senior season
Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall will pass on a fifth year at the school to pursue a career in professional basketball, the school announced Wednesday.
Marshall, who is scheduled to graduate at the end of the summer, averaged 15.3 points per game last season as a redshirt junior. He scored a game-high 25 points in Penn State's 84-78 win over No. 4 Michigan on Feb. 27.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder finishes his career with 880 points.
“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,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “We thank Jermaine for his contributions to our program and wish him the best of luck.”
The loss of Marshall will be offset by the return of point guard Tim Frazier, a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2012 who missed most of last season because of a foot injury. It still looms as a significant loss for a team that went 10-21 last season and would have had one of the Big Ten's better backcourts with Frazier joining Marshall and D.J. Newbill.
Newbill led Penn State with 16.3 points per game last season while playing out of position at point guard. He and Marshall ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Big Ten in scoring.
“I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and basketball staff as well as the faculty and fans of Penn State,” Marshall said. “I truly enjoyed my four years at the university and learned a great deal from all of them. This is a difficult decision, but I want to provide for my son and feel the best decision for me and my family is to graduate and enter the professional world this summer.”
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