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Scarver leaves Herd

MU basketball
May. 01, 2013 @ 12:28 AM

HUNTINGTON -- D.D. Scarver's time with the Marshall Thundering Herd was short and somewhat sweet.

Scarver is leaving the Marshall men's basketball team with one year of eligibility remaining. A Marshall news release said the junior guard will seek other playing options.

The 6-foot-4 wing player from Birmingham, Ala., averaged 11.9 points per game in his one Herd season.

"Coming off the end of the 2012-13 season, we knew there would be the possibility of change to our roster and that has been the case over the last two weeks," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "My staff and I are confident about the team that we have in place for next season along with the future additions that will continue to improve our program."

Scarver came to Marshall following an All-American season at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

He was the Herd's third-leading scorer and ranked 22nd in Conference USA with an 11.9 average. In 32 games (29 starts) he scored in double figures 21 times with a high of 22 in an early-season game at Villanova.

His free throw shooting percentage of 78.9 was the best on the team and ninth in C-USA.

Marshall junior forward Elijah Pittman and Scarver tied for seventh in the conference statistics with 2.0 made 3-point field goals a game.

Scarver was the second starting guard on last season's 13-19 team to leave the program in the last week. Herrion announced April 23 that All-CUSA second team junior guard Dre Kane will not return.

The Herd also lost sophomore reserve guard Chris Martin who is transferring to Mount St. Mary's (Md.) and three senior big men -- Dennis Tinnon, Rob Goff and Nigel Spikes.

Players expected to return are Pittman and Yous Mbao as the only seniors; juniors Jamir Hanner and J.P. Kambola; and sophomores Tamron Manning and DeVince Boykins.

Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor were academic non-qualifiers as freshmen and TyQuane Goard also sat out the 2012-13 season after playing as a freshman at Ohio University.

Herrion restocked from the junior colleges by recruiting guard Shawn Smith, guard Justin Edmonds and forward Cheikh Sane.

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