Amayo leaving Herd hoops program; Herrion 'surprised'
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kelvin Amayo's Marshall men's basketball career apparently lasted 28 minutes in three games. Amayo told his Twitter followers Monday evening that he will transfer to another school.
"I want to thank Marshall University for helping me this past year while I was a prop but I will be transferring to another University!!" Amayo wrote on the social networking site.
The freshman walk-on told SNY.tv that he was under the impression he would receive a scholarship, but when one didn't appear, he decided to transfer, telling the website "that wasn't the deal we made." Marshall Coach Tom Herrion told the Daily Mail on Monday night there was no promise of scholarship for the 2012-13 season. Amayo originally committed to Towson State out of NIA Prep in New Jersey, but the NCAA declared him academically ineligible.
"We were surprised and caught off-guard by Kelvin's timing in deciding to transfer after a little over a week of practice and three games since becoming eligible," Herrion said in a statement. "We wish him the best in the future."
Amayo enrolled at Marshall as an academic non-qualifier in January 2012 and became eligible in time to play three minutes against Kentucky on Dec. 22. He also played against Delaware State and Ohio, averaging 2.7 points and totaling four assists, three turnovers and three steals in those three games.