Herd Men’s Basketball Signs Three

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HUNTINGTON, WV – Marshall head men’s basketball coach Tom Herrion announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent on Friday.

Kareem Canty (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Tamron Manning (Georgetown, Ky.) and Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.) have all signed with Marshall and will suit up for the Thundering Herd during the 2012-13 season.

“I am really pleased and excited to add these three quality players to our program,” Herrion said. “Once again, most of the credit goes to my outstanding staff, they worked relentlessly in their efforts with regards to this class. All these young men come from programs that have experienced winning and success, qualities we place a high value on as we continue to build our Marshall basketball program.”

Canty, a 6-1, 175-pound guard, is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals and is the 19th best point guard according to ESPN.com. He is currently at Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. after spending a year at Bridgton Academy (Main) where he averaged 22 points and seven assists. Prior to Bridgton, Canty was a first team all-conference performer as a senior at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received numerous honors as well as attending Chris Paul’s basketball camp, an honor that the top 100 players in the country are invited to attend. Canty also shined on the AAU circuit for the Long Island Lightning.

“Kareem is a very talented and gifted point guard, he has great strength, speed and quickness for his position,” Herrion said. “We are excited to add a high quality player at his position. Kareem has played at a very high level of competition throughout his high school career. His background of playing in the New York City metropolitan area will clearly help him in his transition to the college level. We expect Kareem to have an immediate impact for us at the point guard position.”

Manning, a 6-4, 180-pound forward, is considered by many to be the top-ranked player in the state of Kentucky. Named a three-star recruit by Rivals, Manning averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 assists per game and was an all-state performer as a junior at Scott County High School.  As a sophomore, Manning helped Scott County make the semifinals of the Kentucky Sweet 16 State Championships. He was a member of the AAU team KYA All-Stars.

“Tamron is a very versatile guard who has tremendous potential,” Herrion said. “We feel his ability to play both guard positions is a benefit and as he continues to develop his entire game, we feel his future is very bright. Tamron plays for one of the best high school programs in the state of Kentucky and the outstanding coaching he receives from Billy Hicks is an added quality, as he is used to playing in a successful program.”

Pittman, a 6-8, 220-pound forward, is ranked as the 21st top junior college prospect according to JUCORecruiting.com.  He is in his sophomore season at Lamar State College-Port Arthur in Texas after averaging 13.1 points and 5.1 rebounds at Chipola College in Florida. At Holmes High School in Covington, Ky., Pittman led his team to the 2009 Kentucky Sweet 16 State Championship.

“Elijah is one of the more talented junior college frontcourt players in the country,” Herrion said. “He has excellent skill and athletic ability for his position. Elijah really wants to be a part of our Marshall basketball family and we are excited to add his talents to our program. Elijah will have the benefit of playing against some of the best competition at the junior college level in Texas and for one of the bright young coaches in Matt Cross.”
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