HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Donna Scarver remembers her baby boy's first word.
"It wasn't momma or daddy," she said of her son, D.D. Scarver, who signed a letter-of-intent Saturday to play basketball at Marshall.
"His first word was ball."
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Scarver has played hoops since he was four years old. He competed the past two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, where he displayed a deft shooting touch.
Scarver was a NJCAA first-team All-American pick and the Region XIV Player of the Year after averaging 24.1 points per game this past season.
He has two seasons of collegiate eligibility left.
"The ironic thing is we recruited Scarver throughout the year," third-year Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said Monday. "We emphasized in the spring that if we brought another guy on board, it had to be a guy who makes shots."
That guy became available April 11 when Larry Eustachy left Southern Mississippi for Colorado State. Scarver had made a verbal pledge to play basketball at USM in Conference USA.
"When Larry left it opened the door for us," Herrion said.
Scarver, who is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com, visited Marshall on April 21. He joins prep guards Kareem Canty (6-1, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Tamron Manning (6-4, Covington, Ky.), as well as another junior college transfer, Lamar State's Elijah Pittman.
Scarver and Pittman competed in the same league, where the 6-9 Pittman was a second-team Region XIV selection.
Scarver, who is originally from Birmingham, Ala., made 23-of-44 (52 percent) of 3-pointers in his last six games at Trinity Valley. He shot 36 percent for the season.
He also made 83 percent of his free throws and made 10 or more free throws eight times last season. He was 19-of-21 on foul shots against Lon Morris College on Jan. 28.
"I've been a scorer and a shooter all my life," Scarver said.