CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- So which reconfiguration is more radical: That of Conference USA, or of Marshall's basketball roster?
It's becoming a tossup, especially after Jamir Hanner's release from the Thundering Herd program. SNY.tv reported that the 6-foot-8 forward is heading to Buffalo to play for coach Bobby Hurley, and will have two years' eligibility after sitting out a season.
Hanner is the fourth player to exit coach Tom Herrion's program, seven when including three graduating seniors. Six newcomers are eligible and expected to make their college debuts in 2013-14, with potential reinforcements on the way. Only five players, one a regular starter, return.
Those newcomers have a considerable void to fill. In a statistical oddity, the Herd has lost 74 percent of its minutes, 74 percent of its points and 74 percent of its rebounds from last season.
The most visible exit was that of DeAndre Kane, who was nudged out after scoring 1,496 points in three seasons. Kane, who is earning his Marshall degree and can transfer without penalty, reportedly is considering Pittsburgh, Memphis and Iowa State.
Before then, Chris Martin left the program and has transferred to Mount St. Mary's. After Kane left, junior-college import D.D. Scarver left the program to "seek other playing options."
And now, Hanner is gone, reportedly heading to the Bulls of the Mid-American Conference.
"As we continue to mold our roster to assure a very successful future and foundation for the Marshall basketball roster, changes are inevitable," Herrion said Friday. "Jamir Hanner has decided to leave our program at this time to explore other opportunities.
"Our newcomers along with our returning pieces position us for a positive '13-14 campaign. As a staff we are very pleased with our recent roster additions as well as the possibility of future members of our team."
Hanner, a Philadelphia native, came to the Herd from Notre Dame Prep, the successful postgraduate program in Fitchburg, Mass. He originally committed to Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez in 2010 and carried Big East-type credentials - he was named a four-star recruit by Yahoo and a three-star by Scout.com.
He brought great energy, but his game never met the hype. Likened to "Bambi on ice" by Herrion, he scored 50 points in 28 games as a freshman, hitting just 7 of 29 from the foul line.