Herrion said Thomas has the skills to help make that happen.
"He's explosive," Herrion said. "Scary fast in the open court. He's a shot maker, not a pure shooter. And he's got great feel. He's a willing passer. He's got a good feel for the game."
In his short time at Marshall, Thomas sees a lot of promise for the Herd's season. Last year's 13-19 finish disappointed many who felt the Herd had a roster that could contend for the Conference USA crown. Many of the components on that roster are gone via graduation or transfer.
So many of Marshall's faces are new, Thomas' being one of them. In his mind, for the Herd to bounce back, it must maintain the team atmosphere he entered just a few weeks ago.
"We've got good talent," he said. "We need to stay together and we need to win."
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HERRION SAID forward Cheikh Sane's transcript issue hasn't yet been resolved, but is "in progress and we're moving toward a very positive conclusion." Herrion said in August that Sane, a junior college transfer, needed some paperwork to return from Senegal.
He added that center Yous Mbao (knee) has been practicing and that junior college transfer Justin Edmonds (ACL) has been cleared for full contact.
"Our people are just amazed that he's gotten to the point where we've cleared him so soon," Herrion said.
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THE HERD picked up a verbal commitment Wednesday from 6-8 forward Shane Hall from Johnson Central High School in Kentucky. A Paintsville, Ky., resident, Hall averaged 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds last season. Hall joins center Henry Uwadiae from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the Herd's verbal commitment list.
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MARSHALL WILL host Green & White scrimmages for the men's and women's basketball teams Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Cam Henderson Center. The women will begin at 5:30 p.m., taking part in drills and skill work before their intrasquad scrimmage. The men begin at 7 p.m. with skill work and a scrimmage. Students are free with a valid MU ID. All other tickets are $5.
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.