Jermaine Marshall, who combined with D.J. Newbill to give a glimmer of hope for Penn State basketball last season, has decided to forgo his senior season of eligibility to pursue a professional career overseas.
Marshall, who finished sixth in Big Ten scoring last season (15.3), is a human development and family studies major and is on course to graduate after completing the second summer academic session.
The 6-foot-4 guard, who also finished second in scoring behind D.J. Newbill last season, had one year of eligibility remaining after redshirting his freshman season.
“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 in a press release. “We thank Jermaine for his contributions to our program and wish him the best of luck.”
Marshall compiled 880 points and 108 three-pointers in 90 career games at Penn State. He was named a team captain just before the start of conference play last season.
In December, Marshall told the Centre Daily Times that he had a son in April of 2012, which seemed to have factored into his decision to forgo his senior season.
“I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and basketball staff as well as the faculty and fans of Penn State,” Marshall said in the release. “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.”
Marshall and Chambers are expected to meet with reporters late Wednesday.
The player’s decision will certainly change things for Penn State, a team that went 10-21 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten last season.
After Trey Burke (Michigan), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) and Cody Zeller (Indiana) declared for the NBA Draft, Penn State would have had, in Newbill and Marshall, the top two returning conference scorers next season.
The addition of Tim Frazier, who was granted another season after the NCAA approved his medical redshirt, would have given Penn State three scoring options when the team struggled to score for the last two seasons.
The loss of Marshall means Penn State will need more offensive help from Ross Travis, who will be a junior, and Brandon Taylor, who will be a sophomore.
University of Pittsburgh transfer John Johnson, who will be eligible after the completion of the fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules, will also need to supply some offense.