An impulsive act? Certainly. And Canty wouldn't be the first young athlete to harbor thoughts of leaving. I've talked to more than a few who had such notions, but stuck it out and had fine careers in a Thundering Herd uniform.
Then again, DeAndre Kane looks awfully good this season, pending ankle injury - in an Iowa State uniform. Elijah Pittman is suspended and should stay that way. Coach Tom Herrion's popularity is plunging toward that of Obamacare.
These are not good days for Marshall basketball, and anything that appears to be a bad signal is going to be magnified. Players need to lay off the "Tweet" button.
In a Canty tweet that wasn't removed, he congratulated walk-on Austin Loop from being awarded a scholarship. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound redshirt freshman from South Webster, Ohio, earned it.
Loop has played only 66 minutes, but has 38 points to show for it - that's equivalent to playing all 40 minutes a game and scoring 23 points. He has hit 10 of 28 from 3-point range, a .357 percentage. Remember, he's often coming off the bench cold.
But his work and attitude in a season and a half are his most valuable assets.
Get on the Herd for its weekend sweep, but don't call UTEP a fully "depleted" team. The folks in El Paso specifically bid on the 2014 Conference USA tournament with a well-stocked, veteran team in mind.
There are still elements of such a team in place, as Marshall rediscovered Saturday night. John Bohannon had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and probably would ring up a double-double 10 times out of 10 against this Herd team. Too tall, too strong and too smart to do anything less against an undersized squad.
As for the league-opening loss to Texas-San Antonio, the Roadrunners knocked off Charlotte 85-77 and sit at 2-0. And I'm still not impressed. Bad loss for the 49ers, as well as the Herd.
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