After falling just short of the NCAA tournament last season, Marshall is quietly gathering some pieces for another run at a bid next year.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Thundering Herd added another weapon to the arsenal in the form of Ryan Taylor, a 6-foot-5 forward from Hargrave Military Academy (Va.).
“Ryan is a great addition to our Marshall basketball family,” coach Tom Herrion said in a statement. “We are truly excited to add such a terrific player and person. Ryan had a tremendous season for coach [A.W.] Hamilton at Hargrave and comes from arguably the best prep school program in the country. Ryan has great versatility and will only continue to get better.”
Taylor, originally from Indianapolis, once committed to Louisville in January of 2009. However, he never signed a letter-of-intent and reclassified from the class of 2011. After a breakout game against Notre Dame Prep in November, in which he went for 26 points and 11 rebounds, Taylor emerged back on the radar of several schools.
He chose Marshall over offers from Seton Hall, Arkansas, Dayton, Cincinnati and others.
News and Notes: Florida State added more size in the form of 7-foot-1 center Michael Ojo . . . Ambrose Mosley, out of Hargrave Military Academy, committed to Old Dominion . . . Egor Koulechov committed to Arizona State . . . Broderick Newbill is headed to Fresno State . . . former Southern Illinois signee Bobo Drummond committed to Wright State . . . Duquesne nabbed Canadian point guard Marvin Binney . . . Cleveland Thomas, an impressive guard from Louisiana, committed to New Mexico . . . Saint Bonaventure picked up Netherlands native Matthias Runs . . . Hofstra received a commitment from Darren Payen . . . Mike Lang verballed to Central Michigan . . . Charlotte native Dionte Adams committed to Hampton . . . Quinnipiac picked up James Ford and Shaquille Shannon.