Amayo decides to leave
HUNTINGTON -- Kelvin Amayo's brief career as a Marshall University basketball player ended abruptly Monday.
Amayo, a freshman guard who became academically eligible Dec. 20 and appeared in three games, is planning to transfer to a school closer to his Hillside, N.J., home he said in a release from the Marshall Sports Information office.
He didn't show up for Monday's practices.
Amayo was not on scholarship, but was under the impression he would receive one, he said in a blog report by Adam Zagoria (ZagsBlog.com).
Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said Monday night he had not heard from Amayo in person.
"After not showing up today for practice, later in the day Kelvin informed me via text that he has decided to transfer," Herrion said. "It has been brought to my attention that there is some sort of miscommunication. There was never a promise of any athletic scholarship for this academic year.
"It would not be true if that's what he thinks."
The Thundering Herd has its allotment of 13 scholarships filled.
Herrion said he was surprised and caught off guard by Amayo's decision to transfer after a little more than one week of practice and three games since becoming eligible.
Amayo enrolled at Marshall in January 2012 as an academic non-qualifier. He signed with Towson University in May 2011 out of NIA Prep in Newark, N.J., and was denied initial eligibility because of a lack or core classes.
His college debut was Dec. 22 in a game at the University of Kentucky. He also played against Delaware State and Ohio University.
He averaged 2.7 points and 9.3 minutes per game.
"I want to thank Marshall University for giving me a chance," Amayo said in the release.