Penn State Nittany Lions' Jermaine Marshall Will Graduate And Forgo Senior Year

By Trevor Lowry
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State Nittany Lions are catching a tough break, with Jermaine Marshall forgoing his senior year, according to ESPN.

Penn State finished last season with a 10-21 record. If you don’t count Tim Frazier’s 16.3 points per game–he only played four games–Marshall was the second leading scorer on the team. So, you bet that this will hurt the Nittany Lions.

Marshall had a breakout season this past year and along with his increase in scoring, he shot 39.1 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from behind the arc. He also grabbed 4.6 rebounds per game and averaged 2.6 assists per game. Having a bigger role on the team and receiving more minutes helped Marshall to have a breakout season.

At this point, things really could not get worse for this program. Playing in the Big Ten is not easy, especially when you are the worst team in the conference, which the Nittany Lions were, with a conference record of 2-16. Hopefully, Penn State can get better soon, but losing one of its best players is definitely a big hit to this team.

For Marshall, though, hopefully he succeeds by making a pro team. Marshall plans on taking his talents to the next level, which was indicated in the ESPN report linked above.

Luckily for Penn State, leading scorer D.J. Newbill and Frazier will be back. These two players will have to be great, though, considering how bad the team was this past season. The Nittany Lions only averaged 62 points per game last season, which was a huge problem, among many other things.


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