"I was a little tired, but then I just pushed myself," he said. "I never was a quitter. I pushed myself and told myself that I've got to get in shape and do the little things to make myself better."
Amayo's addition should help fortify Marshall's point guard rotation, which has been in flux this season. The NCAA ruled freshman Kareem Candy academically ineligible, and he likely would have played significant minutes. Junior DeAndre Kane moved from shooting guard to point guard and averaged 8.5 assists a game, but has been out since the Cincinnati game, and remains out indefinitely, with a broken right hand.
Sophomore Chris Martin and freshman Tamron Manning have handled the point guard duties since then, recording a combined 20 assists to 31 turnovers for the season. Amayo was a three-star recruit coming out of NIA Prep according to Rivals.com. And at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he has the size to overpower some point guards.
"I watch Deron Williams a lot," Amayo said of the Brooklyn Nets' 6-foot-3, 209-pound point guard, "to see how he moves and he cuts, how he plays the passing lanes on defense, how he plays offense and uses his body a lot. I watch a lot of tape of him."
Senior forward Dennis Tinnon said Amayo's linebacker-like frame should help him make a quick impact, but he, like the rest of the team, understands that Amayo will be a work in progress as he returns to game shape.
"We expect a lot from him, but we're not going to expect him come out right away and get a triple double," Tinnon said. "We're going to expect him to come out and play like a point guard should."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.