Guard Jermaine Marshall transfers from Penn State to Arizona State

Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jermaine Marshall (11) drives to the basket between a group of Michigan Wolverines defenders during the first half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Michigan 84-78. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Now-former Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jermaine Marshall (11) is headed to Arizona State as a graduate transfer. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Penn State basketball program has rarely been competitive at either the conference or national level. Winning games in 2013 just became that much more difficult with the news that 6-foot-4 guard Jermaine Marshall is headed to Arizona State as a graduate transfer, according to CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish.

Marshall is eligible to play immediately after graduating from Penn State this past year. He will be enrolling in a master’s program, but he will be turning down professional dollars in the process.

The Nittany Lions had actually first heard news that Marshall was considering leaving in May, but that he would be pursuing a career in a pro league overseas. However, in June, Marshall’s father told ESPN.com that Marshall would be staying in school. Now his former program officially learns that his return will not be to Happy Valley.

As for the Sun Devils, the highly experienced Marshall should pair extremely well with returning point guard Jahii Carson. Carson is considered one of the best players in the Pac-12, if not the conference’s biggest star, heading into next season.

Aside from ASU, North Carolina, Florida State and Creighton were reportedly the biggest suitors of Marshall throughout the graduate transfer process.

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