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MU lands prep school point guard

May. 18, 2013 @ 12:46 AM

HUNTINGTON -- New England prep school player Jaylen Brantley is joining the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball program.

Brantley is a 5-foot-10 point guard from Springfield, Mass., who played at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.

Marshall head coach Tom Herrion announced the signing of the fourth member in his 2013 recruiting class on Friday.

"Jaylen is a terrific addition to our basketball program," Herrion said. "He has played in very successful programs in high school and AA.

"He is a talented player and quality individual who we welcome to our basketball family."

Brantley reportedly has some academic issues to clean up and could be forced to sit out as a Marshall freshman.

The 160-pound Brantley had averages of 16 points and five assists last season at Notre Dame Prep. He was a 44 percent 3-point shooter and 85 percent free throw shooter.

He was rated as a four-star recruit by MaxPreps.com and HoopScoop ranked him No. 89 in the Class of 2013. New England Recruiting Report has him No. 13 in its 2013 regional rankings.

"I'm a good point guard, leader, winner," Brantley said in a February interview with New England Recruiting Report. "Just try to get everybody involved and just try to win."

Rivals.com reported that the 160-pound Brantley had offers from Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Missouri, Rhode Island, Richmond and Virginia.

Brantley also played AAU basketball for BABC (Boston Amateur Athletic Club).

He previously attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts and Springfield Central High School.

Marshall's other recruits are Owens Community College guard Justin Edmonds, Snow College center Cheikh Sane and San Francisco Community College guard Shawn Smith.

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