A popular theme around PSU basketball early this off season has been that with the graduation and early departures around the Big 10, the Lions would in fact be returning the top two scorers in the league in the 2013-14 season. Now, it’s just one. Redshirt senior to be Jermaine Marshall, the squad’s second leading scorer, announced today that he will forgo his final year of eligibility, and pursue a professional career following his graduation from Penn State later this summer. Coach Chambers had the following comment:
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.
As Chambers alluded, Jermaine has a young son, and surely the opportunity to pursue a professional career and provide for his family has played a significant part in his decision. Our good friend Ben Jones reiterated as much during a conference call with Chambers, Marshall, and the media.
As for where this leaves Penn State, a team that was expecting to feature arguably the top backcourt in the Big 10 with Marshall and D.J. Newbill joining All Big 10 point guard Tim Frazier, is suddenly left with a gaping hole, and 16+ points a night to fill. This likely will mean incoming freshman Geno Thorpe, along with classmates Graham Woodward and Peyton Banks, will take on a larger role than anticipated. For a team with a lot of internal optimism and tournament dreams, this is obviously a huge blow. The return of Frazier will help alleviate some concerns, but what appeared to dynamic backcourt is now short one.
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