Cam Miller Transfers To Marshall Basketball

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Thundering Herd head basketball coach Donnie Jones announced today that Camden Miller, a forward out of Wheelersburg, Ohio, will transfer to Marshall from Western Carolina University. Miller, 6-foot-8, played in 16 games last season at Western Carolina and averaged 11.9 minutes, 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for the Catamounts.

Cam Miller played in high school for the Wheelersburg (Ohio) Pirates, located about 45 minutes down the Ohio River from Huntington, just east of Portsmouth, Ohio. Miller led the Pirates to a 23-3 record and a berth in the 2006 Ohio Division III Final Four. As a senior, Miller was named co-Division III Player of the Year, third team All-Ohio, first team All-District 13 and first team All-Southeast District while averaging 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds with a 56.9 field goal percentage.

"Cam brings great versatility to the small and power forward positions," Jones said. "He has a great basketball IQ and is a terrific shooter that possesses the ability to handle and pass in our up-tempo style of play. We're excited about him being apart of our program."

Miller, per NCAA transfer regulations, will sit out the 2008-09 season and will be eligible to play in the fall of 2009. Marshall is adding five new players to the returning players, three of which sat out the 2007-08 season. Transfers who sat out this year for the Herd include Chris Lutz, a 6-foot-2 junior to be shooting guard from Purdue; Brandon Powell, a 6-foot-3 sophomore to be shooting guard from Florida; and Octavius Spann, brother of Herd football senior receiver Emmanuel Spann, who is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore to be who joined the Herd from Georgetown University. All three practiced every day against the 2007-08 starters and will be immediate impact players for the Herd in the 2008-09 season.

Joining the incoming class is Marcus Goode, a 6-foot-10, 300-pound power forward/center from The Patterson School (N.C.), who enrolled at MU last year, sitting out as a prop, and who will be academically eligible to compete in the fall. Goode was recruited by the University of South Carolina in high school, played on the S.C. Ravens in AAU basketball team and attended Mid-Carolina High School in Prosperity, S.C., before spending a year at The Patterson School. Marshall's Tirrell Baines, a 2008 selection on the All-Conference USA Freshman Team, also came to the Herd from The Patterson School and averaged double-digits in scoring as well as leading the Herd in offensive rebounding.

Recruits include Shaquille Johnson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, Kore White, a 6-foot-8 shot blocker and rebounder and Nigel Spikes, a 6-foot-10 teammate of White at Dillard.

Johnson, from Jacksonville, Fla., is the reigning two-time Class 5A Florida Player of the Year out of Robert E. Lee High School. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game as a senior in leading the Generals to a 21-5 mark. White, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a three-year starter for Dillard High School and led the Panthers to a 29-2 record and the Class 5A Florida state title as a senior. He averaged a double-double last season (12 points, 11 rebounds per game) along with six blocks per game. White also posted four straight games with at least 10 blocks. Spikes, who is 6-foot-10, will join Dillard H.S. teammate White at Marshall. Spikes averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks as a senior, and he and White were starters for the Florida Class 5A state champions at Dillard.

Marshall also signed point guard Damier Pitts. Pitts, from Charlotte, N.C., inked with Marshall during the early signing period back in November. "Damier has an exceptional basketball mind and a great feel for how to lead and run a basketball team," Jones told Herd Insider magazine. "He will give us instant help in the back court and have the opportunity to play major minutes next season with our need of a point guard."

Marshall will return three of its five regular starters next season, including power forward Tyler Wilkerson (who will be a junior), senior forward Markel Humphrey and power forward Baines, as well as senior combo guard Darryl Merthie, junior guard Adam Williams and sophomore walk-on forward Bruce Senior. All players are on campus except the incoming freshmen, and they will arrive in mid-June. Spann is expected to begin conditioning again by mid-July, following his auto accident this spring. Marshall finished with its first winning season in five years by finishing 16-14 last season, with a C-USA 8-8 mark in league play, and won three league road games for the first time since joining C-USA in 2005-06.

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