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Scarver leaves MU hoops team

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The soap opera that is "As the Herd Turns" took another twist with D.D. Scarver leaving the Marshall basketball program.

Coach Tom Herrion announced the departure Tuesday in a statement that says Scarver "will seek other playing options."

"Coming off the end of the 2012-13 season, we knew there would be the possibility of change to our roster and that has been the case over the last two weeks," Herrion said. "My staff and I are confident about the team that we have in place for next season along with the future additions that will continue to improve our program."

Scarver started 29 of 32 games for the 13-19 Herd, averaging 11.9 points. He tied Elijah Pittman for the team lead in 3-point goals (65) but shot a lukewarm 32.9 percent from beyond the arc. He did shoot a team-high 78.9 percent from the line and was the go-to man in the waning seconds of wins.

The departure follows on the heels of the exit by DeAndre Kane, the two-time all-conference player. Those two accounted for 36.4 percent of the Herd's scoring, 54.9 percent of the assists and 29.1 percent of the minutes played.

The lesser-used Chris Martin also has announced he will transfer.

Now Herrion has 12 scholarship players, including the soon-to-be eligible Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor. Three junior-college players have been signed and TyQuane Goard becomes eligible to play after sitting out a year.

But on the other hand, the Herd numbers only six who played in games last season, with just one regular starter - Elijah Pittman, who will join Yous Mbao as the only seniors. The six players have a combined 35 career starts - Pittman 29, Manning five and Mbao one.

Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsmock@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.

 


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