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Goard will wait no more

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University men's basketball had TyQuane Goard on the court last season for practices only.

On game days, the Ohio University transfer sat down near the end of the bench in street clothes fulfilling his mandatory year of sitting out.

Goard is eligible now, and Thundering Herd head coach Tom Herrion said he's excited about adding a sophomore forward who can impact games.

"I am eager to play," said Goard, who suffered along with the rest of the team through a 13-19 season. "Watching my brothers struggle was frustrating."

Goard stands 6-foot-7, weighs about 217 pounds and said he's trying to get to 225 or 230.

His 2011-12 season with the Ohio Bobcats included playing 7.2 minutes per game in 29 appearances with averages of 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds. His best game statistically was against UNC-Asheville with seven points and six rebounds.

"He had the opportunity to practice with us last year and it was invaluable," Herrion said. "He's really starting to change his body. He's got a high basketball IQ.

"He does a lot of little things coaches appreciate."

Goard isn't a great outside shooter, but he is versatile enough to play the power forward, small forward or center positions.

He said ways he can help the Herd include running the floor, rebounding and guarding the basket. He also mentioned everyone's favorite -- dunking.

Goard is from Charleston and said it's exciting to be back near his hometown because a lot of people love to see him play.

As the only Mountain State product on the Marshall roster, and one of the few NCAA Division I players from the state, a lot of his motivation comes from pride.

"I'm trying to show there's a little bit of talent here in West Virginia," Goard said.

Goard is having a good summer, and said several weeks of team workouts have been beneficial for a squad with numerous new players.

Workouts have been good, "but coach expects great," he said.

He said an upcoming bus trip to Canada to play five exhibition games will bring everyone together and get the team chemistry down.

Goard had an all-state career at George Washington High School where he helped the Patriots claim the 2011 Class AAA state championship. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.0 rebounds.

Things didn't work out for him at Ohio University, but he wants to make the most of a new opportunity.

"He'll make a significant impact for us," Herrion said.

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