Marshall made official Thursday what we pretty much knew would happen, adding guard Kelvin Amayo to the roster. He comes with pretty good credentials — offers from Seton Hall, Providence and College of Charleston before initially signing with Towson State. He was a Rivals.com three-star recruit out of Newark, N.J. and considered one of the state’s best high school rebounders.
Just by looking at him, you can see why. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he’s like DeVince Boykins in that you wonder if Doc Holliday’s been over to the Henderson Center to see if he could snag himself a linebacker.
He’ll be available for Saturday’s game at Kentucky, but anyone thinking he’ll be a major factor, if any factor, in that game should pump his or her brakes. As talented as he is and as good as he could be, he’s also participated in one collegiate practice and hasn’t played a basketball game outside of pickup in more than a year.
Marshall has a longer-than-usual break between games after Saturday, and that should work in Amayo’s favor. After leaving Kentucky on Saturday evening, the Herd doesn’t play again until it hosts Delaware State on Jan. 2. The team isn’t hustling back from Christmas break to play a pre-New Year’s game, so Amayo will have plenty of practice time before the Herd tips off again. Then he’ll have Delaware State and Jan. 5 at Ohio to get ready for conference play.
And that’s what really matters at this point. Right now, the Herd has zero wins over RPI top-100 teams and three losses to teams with an RPI of 103 or worse. Any hopes they have for the NCAA Tournament most likely will come through winning Conference USA.
When he does get his sea legs under him, he should be a big, strong guard that should help in the rotation, especially if DeAndre Kane’s broken right hand keeps him out for a while.