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Arizona State Sun Devils Get Huge Boost With Addition of Penn State Transfer Jemaine Marshall

Matthew O’Haren-USA Today Sports

On Monday afternoon, the Arizona State Sun Devils received a huge boost for next season when news emerged that Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall was heading out west.

Marshall is on pace to graduate from Penn State next month and with that, it had remained unclear what he would do moving forward. At first, there were whispers of him pursuing a professional career either in the NBDL or overseas, but soon enough it became apparent that Marshall would simply look elsewhere and finish up his fourth and final year of collegiate eligibility.

Well, he chose Arizona State and the crafty scorer should provide an instant impact for head coach Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils. While Arizona State faces that difficult task of replacing second round NBA Draft choice Carrick Felix, the Sun Devils are returning one of the nation’s top point guard threats in Jahii Carson. Marshall, who stands at 6-foot-4, will be an excellent offensive addition to the Arizona State back court, forming a dynamic duo that could rank amongst the top perimeters in the Pac 12 Conference. The addition of Marshall also helps ease the absence of Evan Gordon, who opted to leave the Sun Devils for Indiana.

Marshall has emerged as a productive scorer throughout his collegiate career, averaging 15.3 points per game this past season for the Nittany Lions. There’s no denying the fact that he could very well duplicate that production at Arizona State. The Sun Devils were an improved bunch this past season and it very well could have saved Sendek’s job — but can they repeat things in 2013-14?

Well, Marshall will be an important piece to the team’s potential in doing so.

 

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