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Penn State Basketball: Former Nittany Lion Jermaine Marshall Found Dead in France

by on January 18, 2019 1:27 PM

Former Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall was found dead in his apartment in France on Friday, according to a statement from his current team, Nantes of the French Pro B league. He was 28 years old.

No further information has been released at this time.

"The NBH regrets to announce the tragic death of Jermaine Marshall," the club said in a statement. "The club joins the pain of his family and loved one and gives them all its support to face this terrible ordeal."

The Etters, Pa., native played at Penn State for three years, logging 12 minutes of action in the Nittany Lions' most recent NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. He would eventually average just over 15 points a game during his junior year, scoring 25 in Penn State's upset over No. 4 Michigan in 2013.

Despite the flash and hype surrounding fellow guard Tim Frazier and DJ Newbill, Marshall was as capable of a scorer as any in Penn State's history, able to shoot from deep and finish around the rim.

For various reasons, including fatherhood, Marshall would eventually forgo his senior season of eligibility at Penn State to pursue a professional career but would ultimately end up transferring to Arizona State. Marshall scored 29 in a win over then No. 2 ranked Arizona that following season.

After the conclusion of his collegiate career Marshall played in Italy, Greece, Netherlands, and Finland before joining Nantes.

Update: Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers has offered a public statement on the passing of Marshall.

“We are saddened to learn the news about Jermaine Marshall and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones. He developed as both a player and a man during his time as a Nittany Lion and had an impact on those around him.”

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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