CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall men's basketball team said farewell Friday to its fourth player, as Jamir Hanner decided to transfer.
Hanner, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound rising junior forward told SNY.tv that he would transfer to Buffalo and play for Coach Bobby Hurley. He said he decided on Buffalo without visiting the school.
"I know about the tradition of the Hurleys and I think it's a good opportunity for me at a new program and it's a new start," he told the website. "My time at Marshall was a good transition from prep school to becoming a freshman at Marshall University. I appreciate what Marshall has done for me but it was time to move on and pursue other options."
Hanner played in 25 of the Thundering Herd's 32 games in 2012-13, averaging 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per contest. His playing time shrank in the late part of the season, as he played a total of just 19 minutes after Jan. 30.
In a release, Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said roster changes were inevitable as it has been molded for the future.
"Our newcomers along with our returning pieces position us for a positive '13-14 campaign," Herrion said.
"As a staff we are very pleased with our recent roster additions as well as the possibility of future members of our team."
Hanner is the first post player to transfer this offseason. The Herd lost three guards - DeAndre Kane, D.D. Scarver and Chris Martin - earlier. Yet the Herd needed some bodies down low with the graduations of forwards Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff and center Nigel Spikes.
Elijah Pittman, a forward and last season's leading scorer, returns, as do centers J.P. Kambola and Yous Mbao, both of whom played sparingly in 2012-13. Marshall also welcomes several forwards to the active roster. Ryan Taylor, a 6-6 forward who sat out last season as an academic non-qualifier, and 6-8 Tyquane Goard, a former George Washington High star who sat out last season as a transfer from Ohio University, will be eligible.
The team also signed 6-6 forward Shawn Smith from City College of San Francisco and 6-9 forward Cheikh Sane from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
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