This season was already supposed to be a rocky one for Penn State because of the lack of returning experience. Well, things just got a little rockier.
David Jones of The Patriot-News is reporting that redshirt sophomore shooting guard Jermaine Marshall has been indefinitely suspended by coach Pat Chambers. Here’s the quote from sports information director Brian Siegrist:
Coach Chambers has indefinitely suspended Jermaine Marshall from the Nittany Lion basketball team for a violation of team rules. Marshall has not participated in team practices since they officially began on Oct. 14 and is not currently with the team. There is no specific timetable set for Marshall’s return to the team. Coach Chambers continues to review Marshall’s standing with the team. Penn State and Coach Chambers will have no further comment on Marshall until his standing with the team has been resolved.
Marshall was a rare contributor off the bench last season and seemed primed to earn a spot in the starting lineup prior to this news coming out. Marshall’s absence will likely open up more playing time for freshman Trey Lewis or junior college transfer Matt Glover.
Meanwhile, coach Chambers has named Tim Frazier, Billy Oliver and Cammeron Woodyard captains for this season. It could not have been too hard to make this decision, as Marshall was the only other returning player with significant playing time under his belt.
Penn State fans will hope that Frazier can continue his excellent play from the tail end of last season while Woodyard and Oliver develop into consistent producers. Oliver in particular was rather lousy last season, but he has reportedly added 30 pounds of muscle over the summer. If that’s true, Oliver should be able to hang out in the paint more often and act like a real forward instead of jacking up ill-advised threes.
Woodyard has recently undergone arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee. He’s rehabbing it now and will miss another two or three weeks of action. Hopefully we’ll see him out there for the opener versus Hartford on November 12.