Bobby Shannon To Visit Marshall Basketball

Marshall basketball signed one player in the early signing period, but is hoping to land one more soon. Demetrius Young, a 6-foot-7 forward from Yuba College in California joined the Herd by signing on Wednesday with Coach Ron Jirsa. This weekend, the Herd will host another outstanding player, as Bobby Shannon of Patterson Prep will visit as the Herd opens the 100th season at MU with UNCG.

Shannon is a former first-team All-Met selection by the Washington Post who attended Potomac (Md.) High School. Shannon, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 27.1 points per game, second in the Washington, D.C. area, and also averaged 10.1 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists. He scored in double figures every game, with ten games of 30 or more points . The Wolverines were Maryland 2A South Region champions in both 2005-06 and 2004-05. He is attending The Patterson School in North Carolina this year. Out of high school, he was recruited by Bradley and Wisonsin-Milwaukee. This week, Shannon's Patterson teammate, Dominique Sutton, was signed by Bobby Huggins at Kansas State.

Young is a native of Sacramento, California, who was also recruited by Bradley, Utah State, Long Beach State and Portland State. The 6-foot-7, 200 pound forward averaged nine points and 8.5 rebounds last year. His 68.1 percent field goal shooting was fourth in the nation among all junior college players. Yuba finished 23-10 last season and Young will join Marshall for the 2006-08 season.

"Demetrius fits our style of play and runs extremely well," said Jirsa in a released statement early this week. "He has the ability to play the three or four position and has an innate ability on the offensive glass." Yuba College head coach Doug Cornelius was even more to the point about Young and rebounding. "He goes after everything on the glass. He just finds a way to score and he is one of the best rebounders I've ever seen."

Marshall opens season No. 100 this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at home in the Cam Henderson Center with UNC Greensboro, a 12-19 team from last year that is picked in the pre-season to win the Southern Conference North Division. Marshall was 12-16 last year, and is picked 10th in Conference USA's pre-season picks, but returns four starters in senior Tre Whitted, senior point guard Chris Ross, junior Mark Dorris and sophomore Markel Humphrey, who was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team last year. Newcomers for the Herd include sophomore Daryl Merthie, who averaged 30 points per game in high school, junior Chris Williams, and freshmen centers Tyler Wilkerson, who is 6-foot-8, and Robbie Jackson, who is 7-foot. Returners include senior Travis Aikens, junior Jean Francois Bro Grebe, junior Taurean Marshall and 6-foot-10 sophomore Jesse Oglesby. That game will be heard from tipoff on WRVC 930 AM in Huntington, W. Va. and joined in progress, as soon as football wraps up in Greenville, N.C. between Marshall and East Carolina, on the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network.

The Marshall women open Sunday at Navy. Royce Chadwick picked up two commitments as well this weel, with Tynikki Crook and Lindsey Wutt. Crook is the No. 36 power forward in the nation, according to All-Star Girls Report, averaging 15 points and 13 boards last season for Pershing HS in Detroit, Michigan. Wutt averaged 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and steals per game for Waterford Union HS in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Wutt played AAU ball for Marcellous Hall, father of former MU standout Sikeetha Shepard-Hall, and led Team Wisconsin to the 17-under USSSA National Championship in 2005. The women open the home slate next Friday against Southern at 11:00 a.m. in the opening game of the 5th/3rd MU Classic. That game, as well as game two on Friday between Kent State and Robert Morris, will be heard on WRVC 930 AM.

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