The Herd return five letterwinners and just one starter, Elijah Pittman, from last year’s squad that went 13-19 overall and 6-10 in Conference USA. However, Pittman’s availability for the season is uncertain as he was recently indicted on a battery charge according to CBS Sports.com report on Aug. 15.
Pittman, the leading returning scorer in Conference USA at 16.1 points a game, was allegedly involved in an incident with a fellow student at the university last fall. According to the report, a Cabell County Grand Jury issued the indictment on July 31. Details include allegations of punching a male Marshall student and knocking him unconscious at an off-campus apartment on Oct. 10, 2012.
No word of suspension has come about from Marshall yet and he is scheduled to be with the Thundering Herd on their Canadian exhibition tour . Pittman was arraigned Aug. 14, with his bond set at $1,000. If convicted, Pittman faces a maximum of one year in prison. Pittman is due back in court again on Sept. 5.
Marshall will tip-off their Canadian Tour in Windsor, Ont., against Algoma University (12-8 last season) on Aug 16. The Herd will then play the University of Windsor (Aug. 17) in Windsor before moving to London, Ont., to take on Western University (3-18) on Aug. 18. Marshall closes out the exhibition tour in Hamilton, Ont., versus McMaster University (15-6) on Aug. 19, and A Game Hoops on Aug. 20. A Game Hoops prides itself as Canada’s number one development system and is 6-4 all-time against Division I foes.
This trip will be great for the Herd to jell as they have seven newcomers and their four other returnees averaged less than 12 minutes of action last year.
6-1 redshirt freshman Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y./Faith Baptist Christian (Fla.), 6-4 junior guard Justin Edmonds (Albion, Mich/Owens CC (Ohio), 6-7 sophomore guard forward TyQuane Goard (Charleston, W.Va./Ohio University), 6-4 redshirt freshman guard Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster HS), 6-6 junior forward Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif./City College of San Francisco), 6-9 junior forward Cheikh Sane (Dakar, Senegal/Snow College (Utah)) and 6-5 redshirt freshman forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind./Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)) are Marshall’s key newcomers.
Tom Herrion is in his fourth year with the Herd and has posted a 56-45 record at the school. He is 138-85 in seven seasons overall.