Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall is on schedule to graduate with a degree in human development and family studies at the end of the university's second summer semester.
So it seems fitting that he is giving up his final season of eligibility to enter the real world and -- according to Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers -- focus on his family.
Jermaine and I have had several discussions recently regarding his plans for the future and he feels strongly that graduating and entering the professional world at the conclusion of the summer is in the best interest of his son and his family, Chambers said. We thank Jermaine for his contributions to our program and wish him the best of luck.
In a prepared statement, Marshall said, I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and basketball staff as well as the faculty and fans of Penn State. I truly enjoyed my four years at the university and learned a great deal from all of them. This is a difficult decision, but I want to provide for my son and feel the best decision for me and my family is to graduate and enter the professional world this summer.
Marshall was Penn State's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 15.3 points per game. In 90 career games, he scored 880 points.
Marshall was expected to team with D.J. Newbill, who paced the Lions in scoring last season, and Tim Frazier, the former All-Big Ten pick who missed most of last season with and Achilles' injury, to form one of the deepest and most experienced backcourts in the Big Ten.
His loss will be offset in part by the addition of Pitt transfer John Johnson, who won't be eligible until late December.