Junior forward Eladio Espinosa's basketball career at Marshall has ended for medical reasons, coach Tom Herrion said Friday.
Espinosa suffered a serious throat injury in practice in January, a day before Marshall played Central Florida in its Conference USA opener. The 6-foot-10 native of Norlina, N.C., played 10 games, averaging 2.1 points in 12.5 minutes.
He briefly required treatment in intensive care. He remains eligible for scholarship assistance, should he remain at MU.
"Due to the nature of Eladio's injuries sustained last season, he is not able to continue his playing career at Marshall and has decided to explore other opportunities elsewhere," Herrion said. "Eladio is a wonderful young man and an excellent student-athlete whom we wish nothing but the best for in the future."
One the eve of the school's fall semester, Herrion still awaits word on the eligibility of 6-foot-9, 240-pound Robert Goff, who was finishing his work at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Goff's eligibility would put the Herd at the maximum 13 scholarships. He would join newcomers Justin Coleman, J.P. Kambola, Chris Martin, Dennis Tinnon, Jamir Hanner and Devince Boykins, assuming all begin classes this week and are eligible.
On the scheduling front, Syracuse has signed the contract and announced a Dec. 6 game against the Thundering Herd at the Carrier Dome. The Herd is a game or two away from completing the nonconference schedule.