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Marshall men's basketball: Scarver leaves program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall men's basketball team lost another starting guard Tuesday, as junior D.D. Scarver left the program and will seek other playing options. The Thundering Herd announced Scarver's exit in a Tuesday night news release.

"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," Coach Tom Herrion said in the release. "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 is the second starter to leave the program in the past week. Herrion announced last Tuesday that two-time all-Conference USA second team guard DeAndre Kane would not return. Elijah Pittman becomes the lone returning starter in 2013-14, as starting forward Dennis Tinnon and starting center Nigel Spikes graduated.

A 6-foot-4, 202-pound Birmingham, Ala., native, Scarver played one season with the Herd after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. He started 29 of Marshall's 32 games this past season, finishing as the Herd's third-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game.

Scarver was primarily a long-range shooter for Marshall, leading the Herd in 3-point attempts (199), tying for the lead in 3-pointers made (65) and finishing second behind Elijah Pittman in 3-point field goal percentage (32.7 percent).

His departure further cuts into the depth of the Herd backcourt. Aside from Kane, guard Kelvin Amayo, who became eligible to play in the spring semester after sitting a year as an academic non-qualifier, left the team after just three games, ultimately transferring to Iona. Sophomore guard Chris Martin, who played in 23 games, starting two, left the team the day after the season ended with an opening-round C-USA Tournament loss to Tulane, transferring to Mount St. Mary's.

The Herd will replenish the roster with the arrival of junior college shooting guards Justin Edmonds and Shawn Smith and the debut of point guard Kareem Canty, who had to sit out last season after the NCAA declared him academically ineligible.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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