Kelvin Amayo Obtains Release From Marshall

By Jovan Alford
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall Thundering Herd freshman point guard Kelvin Amayo will be released from school and transferring. He told this when he made his decision to leave: “I want to thank Marshall University but they didn’t have an athletic scholarship for me and that wasn’t the deal we made.”

Apparently, Amayo thought he was going to get an athletic scholarship from Marshall but he never did. This story gets more interesting because sources told that the Thundering Herd had 13 players on scholarship since the fall. The sources also reported that Amayo did not come to practice on Monday or tell head coach Tom Herrion about his decision.

Marshall’s assistant coach, Dino Presley, said that Amayo is leaving to get closer to home. Amayo is a 6-4, 210 pound point guard that was only averaging 2.7 points and 0.3 rebounds per game so far this season. On his potential transfer list, he has eight schools listed, including Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Towson, Hofstra and Oregon State.

Back in May 2011 on, Amayo had committed to Towson University but a few months later, he was declared ineligible by the NCAA because of the lack of core classes that he took at Newark NIA Prep. He tried to appeal it one month later but it was denied.

Then in November 2011, he committed to Marshall and enrolled there in January 2012. He sat out the fall semester so he could get his academics in shape and then finally got his chance to play this season on Dec. 22 versus the University of Kentucky. In that game he played three minutes but had a rebound and a turnover.

Finally, prior to this season starting Marshall lost freshman point guard Kareem Canty as he was declared ineligible by the NCAA.

Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.

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