CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- AS DEANDRE Kane continues his tour of potential senior night destinations, the state of Marshall basketball just gets more curious.
Before Thundering Herd coach Tom Herrion nudged the 1,496-point scorer out the door, Chris Martin transferred to Mount St. Mary's. Last week, D.D. Scarver left the program to "seek other playing options."
Combine that with the three departing seniors and Marshall has lost six players. That leaves only six returning scholarship players from last year.
In many situations, 2013-14 could be chalked up as a rebuilding season, with substantial success being a pleasant surprise and grounds for a coach-of-the-year honor in your trophy case.
In Herrion's case, "rebuilding" won't be the operative term, because I don't think fans are in the mood for that. Still, they won't recognize the product that takes the floor this fall, with as many as seven scholarship players making their game debuts.
The Herd will have the feel of an expansion team. You know, one established star (in this example, Elijah Pittman) and a whole bunch of role players and unknown quantities.
When your revolving door spins a little faster, you might have that.
Newcomers Shawn Smith, Cheikh Sane and Justin Edmonds became Herrion's sixth, seven and eight junior-college imports in his 31/2 recruiting classes (only counting one-half for spring 2010).
Scarver becomes the second juco to take an early exit. He had his deficiencies (ballhandling, defense), but don't lump him with space cadet Aundra Williams.
Nonqualifiers Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor take to the floor this fall amid some anticipation, but the odds say only one of them makes it to his third season. Why would I say that?