With DeVince Boykins out for a few more weeks, that would leave Martin, Tamron Manning and swingman D.D. Scarver as the available guards, point or otherwise. Martin started and played 29 minutes, scoring 14 points with two assists and a steal.
Much like Kane's status, nothing is guaranteed for Martin.
"We've got options," Herrion said. "That's part of my job, and that's part of the nature of this business. It's not a perfect situation, but it's one we'll adjust to day by day, this second. Hopefully, there will be a decision at some point, but we can't control what we can't control."
Defense can provide the most challenging adjustment for junior-college transfers, but Elijah Pittman knows just enough to know when it's bad.
More than once, he has brought up the subject of transition defense and how much the Herd must improve on it. MU struggled with it against Bluefield (Va.) College, and apparently didn't do much better in its closed scrimmage with Winthrop last weekend.
At the Division I level, it's a lot more complicated than just outrunning your opponents into your defensive end.
"It is, when a lot of guys forgetting which man is theirs, just running down the court like a chicken with his head cut off," Pittman said. "We've got to get back and knowing, and talking."
By NCAA rule, Herrion can't comment on the scrimmage, but he got to the point about his team's transition defense after the exhibition last week.
"It was awful, it was bad," he said. "It will get better. They've got to see it on the film to see that. But we're still trying to extend the floor defensively; we want to pick it a little different than we've done in the past, so there were some breakdowns in that regard. We'll clean that up immediately."
Herrion's call-in show begins at 8 tonight, originating from Gino's Pub and Family Fun Center. Hosted by play-by-play announcer Steve Cotton, the show can be heard in Charleston on WVTS, 950-AM.
When Herrion's show resumes on Nov. 29, it will revert to 7 p.m. Tonight, it follows football coach Doc Holliday's call-in show, which begins at 7.
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