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Former Penn State guard heads for desert, ASU

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Penn State's loss is Arizona State's gain.

On Monday, former Nittany Lions guard Jermaine Marshall announced he was transferring to play for Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils. Marshall brings three years of experience with him and could play a pivotal role as Arizona State sets it sights on an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2009.

Marshall, who toyed with the idea of entering June's NBA Draft, averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists this past season for Penn State while making 33.9 percent of 174 3-point attempts.

Leaving Pennsylvania for Arizona was an easy decision, Marshall said, because during his visit to the Tempe campus, everyone made him feel like he had been there his entire career.

"They welcomed me with open arms," Marshall told the Arizona Republic. "I enjoyed myself. My family enjoyed itself. We had a good vibe with Coach Herb (Sendek) and all the coaching staff. Besides basketball, we talked about other things, too. It was a good time."

The 6-foot-4, 205 pound Marshall will bring experience to a talented backcourt that includes point guard Jahii Carson, an All-Pac-12 first-team selection last season who averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists.
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