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Former Marquette player headed to Herd

HUNTINGTON - Marshall has landed its second basketball transfer this week.

Youssoupha Mbao, who played with Marquette in the Big East last season, is transferring to the Thundering Herd, the Daily Mail learned Thursday. At 7-foot-2, Mbao becomes the tallest player in Marshall hoops history.

Mbao played only season for the Golden Eagles, scoring one point and grabbing seven rebounds in 10 games. A Rivals.com 3-star prospect out of Stoneridge Prep in California, Mbao averaged 13.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 6 blocks in his final year there.

Sources said Mbao also considered Texas.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Mbao will sit out the 2010-11 season and then have three years of eligibility.

Earlier this week, 6-6 wing player Johnny Thomas announced his intention to transfer to Marshall from N.C. State. Thomas graduated in three seasons, so he will have two seasons to play and immediate eligibility with the Herd.

First-year MU Coach Tom Herrion has also received signed National Letters of Intent from Baltimore guard Dante Holmes and Florida junior college forward Dre Williams. The 6-4 Holmes will be a freshman, while the 6-10 Williams has two years to play.


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