Either way, the Herd - with Canty, Brantley, Boykins and Manning all either first- or second-year players - stabilized what has been a tumultuous backcourt situation over the past few months.
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THE HERD might have a shot at another blue-chipper, now that Huntington Prep stud center Dominic Woodson will no longer attend Baylor. Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford said Monday he's already fielded calls from several major Division I programs about Woodson, who was waiting for the NCAA to approve his release from his letter of intent. He added that Woodson mentioned Marshall and Memphis as schools in which he's interested.
The 6-10 Woodson is considered a top-100 player by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports and could fortify a frontcourt that lost forwards Dennis Tinnon and Rob Goff and center Nigel Spikes to graduation. He'd have a support system in place in Huntington, but he's sure to have plenty of suitors. How wide he'll re-open his recruiting, and where the Herd would fit into that process, remains to be seen.
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MEANWHILE, IN "Where in the World is DeAndre Kane?" news, he might not be heading back home to Pittsburgh after all. Kane, who told CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman on May 8 that he would commit to the Panthers on a weekend visit, told Goodman on Sunday that he never ended up committing and remains unattached.
Pitt remains an option, as does Marshall's former Conference USA foe Memphis. As much as some Herd fans would hate for Kane to become a Tiger, it might give him an easier path to the NCAA Tournament. Now a member of the American Athletic Conference, Memphis should walk in and automatically be one of the upper-tier teams with defending national champion Louisville, Connecticut and Cincinnati. Head to Pitt, and he's fighting to keep his head above water in the best basketball conference in America.
There'd be a big difference in surrounding talent, too. Memphis returns 2012-13 C-USA player of the year Joe Jackson, plus Chris Crawford and Geron Johnson. Pitt has seen an exodus of key players through graduation, transfer and the NBA Draft that makes snagging Kane crucial. His big decision will be whether he wants to play among a collection of talent with a clearer road to the Big Dance or spend his final season as the focal point of a team that will be in a cage match every night in conference play.
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.