Hanner leaves the Herd
HUNTINGTON -- Turnover continues in the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball program.
Jamir Hanner, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, is leaving Marshall, head coach Tom Herrion said Friday. Adam Zagoria wrote in a blog for SportsNet New York that Hanner is headed to the University of Buffalo.
Hanner averaged 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds last season in 25 appearances. In two seasons he played in 53 games for an average of 7.2 minutes per contest.
"As we continue to mold our roster to assure a very successful future and foundation for Marshall basketball roster changes are inevitable," Herrion's statement said. "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."
Marshall said farewell to seniors Dennis Tinnon, Nigel Spikes and Rob Goff and has lost four other players since finishing a 13-19 season.
All-Conference USA guard Dre Kane is looking to transfer for his senior season after graduating this summer. Kane has visited UCS and Pittsburgh and is reportedly checking out Iowa State next week. Junior guard Chris Martin transferred to Mount St. Mary's and senior guard D.D. Scarver decided to seek other playing options.
Marshall plugged some of the holes by signing junior college transfers Shawn Smith, Cheikh Sane, Justin Edmonds and Jaylen Brantley, plus the Herd welcomes 2012-13 freshman academic non-qualifiers Ryan Taylor and Kareem Canty for 2013-14.
Players expected to return from last season are Elijah Pittman, Tamron Manning, DeVince Boykins, Yous Mbao and J.P. Kambola. Also, TyQuane Goard becomes eligible after sitting out as an Ohio University transfer.
Hanner will have two years of eligibility in the Mid-American Conference after sitting out the 2013-14 season.
His new coach is Bobby Hurley, the former Duke point guard, who was hired March 26 to replace Reggie Witherspoon.
Buffalo fired Witherspoon after 14 seasons with a 198-228 record. The Bulls finished last season 14-20 overall and 7-9 in the MAC.
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