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Jermaine Marshall leaves Penn State to pursue pro options

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Jermaine Marshall (USATSI)
Jermaine Marshall is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists. (USATSI)

Penn State had a chance to be a sleeper in the Big Ten next season, with star guard Tim Frazier coming back from injury to lead the Nittany Lions. Frazier was expected to join the top two returning scorers in the Big Ten -- Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill -- to form a prolific perimeter trio.

Now, that trio will just be a duo, as the school announced Wednesday that Marshall would be leaving Penn State to pursue a professional career.

“Jermaine and I have had several discussions recently regarding his plans for the future and he feels strongly that graduating and entering the professional world at the conclusion of the summer is in the best interest of his son and his family,” head coach Patrick Chambers said.

Marshall, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season. He failed to reach double-figures just six times during the season, and had 25 points and six 3-pointers in the upset win over Michigan in late February.

Chambers still has a team that can improve on its two wins from the past season. Frazier will be one of the best players in the conference, and Newbill was an honorable mention all-conference player after averaging 16.3 points. The frontcourt will be anchored by Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor.

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