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SCARVER SIGNED with Marshall two weeks after his official visit, which makes him the sixth junior college import in Herrion's three recruiting seasons.
Herrion brought in guard Johnny Higgins and Twitter sensation Aundra Williams in 2010 and Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff before last season.
Scarver, a 6-foot-4 guard, will be joined by 6-8 forward Elijah Pittman as JUCO newcomers this season.
"We've got to try and get the best players we can so we can contend in Conference USA," Herrion said. "I think the blend of high school guys and the guys in junior college has been good for us. Our roster isn't going to be littered totally with junior college guys, but we want to continue to move this thing forward.
"If we have the opportunity to add a guy who has played 60-plus games on the junior college level, we're going to do it."
In addition to Scarver and Pittman, this season's newcomers include two high school recruits - point guard Kareem Canty and guard Tamron Manning - and academic non-qualifier Isaiah Williams, who sat out last season per NCAA rules.
Williams is on track to gain eligibility this summer, and another academic non-qualifier, Kelvin Amayo, should join the program after the conclusion of the fall semester in December.
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IF YOU'RE a savvy numbers guy or gal, you may have noticed that the aforementioned five incoming players outnumber the outgoing four (three seniors and the jettisoned Justin Coleman).
That means Marshall has 14 scholarship players for 13 spots, an annual math riddle that seems to get solved by the time the school year starts every August.
This year's surplus is a welcome issue, especially with Tinnon's case for an extra year of eligibility not yet resolved.
Other issues could crop up too. If you'll recall, Johnny Thomas didn't formally walk away from his final year of collegiate eligibility until the last week of May.
"I feel really good about the makeup of our roster," Herrion said. "Some of those decisions are going to be made for me. Different things pop up with different guys every year. It'll sort itself out. It always does."
Contact Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.