Jermaine Marshall Transferring Instead of Going Pro
Jermaine Marshall, the Nittany Lions basketball guard who averaged 15.3 points a game in a breakout junior season, has decided not to play professional basketball overseas as he previously stated and will instead transfer from Penn State. ESPN is reporting that Marshall has been granted his release and will be playing his final season outside of Happy Valley.
Jerome Marshall, his father, told ESPN that Jermaine graduates in August and should be eligible to play out his final year next season as a graduate student as is allowed under NCAA rules.
“He looked at playing professionally but decided he wanted to play another year in college,” his father told ESPN. “He received his release on Friday and he doesn’t know where he wants to go yet.”
Marshall was an integral part of the Nittany Lions men’s basketball team last year, providing a much-needed second scoring option for fellow guard D.J. Newbill. Penn State is out of scholarships for 2013-2014, which likely forced Marshall’s hand in transferring after not getting any offers he liked to play overseas.
Marshall was Penn State’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.3 points per game on 39.1 percent shooting. He added 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, a very productive line as he played more minutes than everyone on the team but Newbill. It can be assumed that Marshall will go to a program where he can continue to have a marquee role on offense.