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Marshall freshman point guard Kelvin Amayo has obtained his release and will transfer.
“I want to thank Marshall University but they didn’t have an athletic scholarship for me and that wasn’t the deal we made,” Amayo told SNY.tv.
Amayo was not on scholarship but was under the impression he would receive one.
Marshall has had 13 players on scholarship since the fall, sources told SNY.tv. Sources said Amayo did not show up for practice Monday and still hadn’t informed head coach Tom Herrion of his decision as of Monday night.
“He’s leaving,” Marshall assistant Dino Presley said. “We sat dwon with our compliance department. He was leaving to get clsoer to get home.”
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Amayo has about eight schools on his potential transfer list, including Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Towson, Hofstra and Oregon State, he said.
Amayo committed to Towson on SNY.tv in May 2011, but in August of that year he was declared ineligible by the NCAA out of Newark NIA Prep because of a lack of core classes. His appeal for a waiver was denied in September 2011.
He then committed to Marshall in November and enrolled there in January 2012. He then sat out the fall semester while getting his academics in order before playing a few minutes in the Dec. 22 loss to Kentucky.
Marshall freshman point guard Kareem Canty of New York was declared ineligible by the NCAA prior to the season.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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