CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With Justin Edmonds and Cheikh Sane signed and delivered to the Marshall basketball program, the numbers game begins.
The signing of the two junior-college products has booted the Thundering Herd to 14 scholarship players, one over the NCAA maximum. Not to worry: That number will be reduced in some way.
It always is.
Sane (first name pronounced "Shek," last name "SAH-nay") is a Senegal native, like 7-foot-2 Herd center Yous Mbao. Sane's 6-9 frame will be needed to help fill the void left by the expired eligibility of Nigel Spikes, Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff.
Playing for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, Sane averaged 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds, shooting 53.8 percent. He was a first-team All-Scenic West Athletic Conference and an All-Region 18 selection.
Snow went 43-20 in Sane's two seasons. Before coming to America, Sane developed his talents at a college-prep boarding school called SEEDS - Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal.
"His improvement from his freshman to sophomore years was dramatic, and we are excited to add a talented and physical frontcourt player like Cheikh to our program," said MU coach Tom Herrion.
Edmonds is a 6-4, 205-pound guard from Albion, Mich., via Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Before coming to Owens, Edmonds put in a season at Summit Christian Academy, a prep school in Lansing, Mich.
In his freshman year of 2011-12 at Owens, he averaged 18.8 points and was named first-team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and first-team All-Region 12.