"He can still shoot probably better than anyone on our team. It's great to have him out here to help me with pointers, to tell me when I'm not jumping, when I'm not releasing the ball right, when it's too far back or it's too far by my face."
For Herrion, the greatest benefits may not come from teaching plays and formations. He's not expecting pinpoint precision during these summer sessions.
His brow furrowed a few times early during Tuesday's practice, when there were some bobbles and mix-ups in fast break drills, but the intensity picked up to a level he liked by practice's end.
It's that intensity that he wants to instill in these workouts, especially with newcomers unfamiliar with Marshall's style, and Herrion said he's seen progress there. He also likes what he's seen in veterans like Kane and 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward Dennis Tinnon, how they've taken ownership of the team and grown as leaders.
Herrion also likes being able to talk with his players in a practice setting and feels it's easier for them to say what's on their mind there.
"Just the fact we have more communication and better communication with the players, day in and day out, it's invaluable in that regard," he said. "I think our kids are much more comfortable talking to us in this atmosphere or after it or around the gym."
Tinnon said that, with the coaches watching, there's been no problem with a lack of focus.
That's big this season, as the Herd is trying to earn an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1987. They came close last season with an NIT berth, and these summer practices might be just the boost they need.
"We already know what we want to do this year," Tinnon said. "We want to be great. These practices give us an opportunity to do so."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.