TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State has known the sting of losing players to transfer in recent years, but on Monday, they picked up a key piece at a position of dire need.
Jermaine Marshall has chosen to come to Tempe after a productive three-year career at Penn State, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall has committed to Arizona State, per a source. Eligible immediately.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 8, 2013
With the graduation of Carrick Felix and the transfer of Evan Gordon to Indiana, Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek was in need of help at the wing, and Marshall provides an instant impact at the spot.
Last season, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Marshall averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Nittany Lions. His 15.3 points-per-game mark would rank fourth among the returning players in the Pac-12.
According to Rothstein, ASU assistant coach Eric Musselman and his NBA pedigree were a major reason that Marshall chose ASU. Another factor was the return of Sun Devil point guard Jahii Carson, who opted to put off the NBA Draft to return to school after his sensational freshman season in 2012-2013.
The move was met with Carson's immediate approval.
The newest sundevils jermaine Marshall . Yes sir tourney time— Jahii Carson (@Jahii_carson1) July 8, 2013
The tandem of Marshall and Carson should be among the most potent scoring duos in what figures to be a wide open Pac-12 next season. ASU also returns center Jordan Bachynski, who set the Pac-12 single-season conference record for blocks, and Jonathan Gilling, who will bring his outside shooting touch to the starting lineup.
Marshall left Penn State's program in May initially with the intent to play overseas, but later decided to explore tranfer options for his final season of college basketball.