Cheikh Sane (25) averaged 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds for Snow College.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With Justin Edmonds and Cheikh Sane signed and delivered to the Marshall basketball program, the numbers game begins.
The signing of the two junior-college products has booted the Thundering Herd to 14 scholarship players, one over the NCAA maximum. Not to worry: That number will be reduced in some way.
It always is.
Sane (first name pronounced "Shek," last name "SAH-nay") is a Senegal native, like 7-foot-2 Herd center Yous Mbao. Sane's 6-9 frame will be needed to help fill the void left by the expired eligibility of Nigel Spikes, Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff.
Playing for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, Sane averaged 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds, shooting 53.8 percent. He was a first-team All-Scenic West Athletic Conference and an All-Region 18 selection.
Snow went 43-20 in Sane's two seasons. Before coming to America, Sane developed his talents at a college-prep boarding school called SEEDS - Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal.
"His improvement from his freshman to sophomore years was dramatic, and we are excited to add a talented and physical frontcourt player like Cheikh to our program," said MU coach Tom Herrion.
Edmonds is a 6-4, 205-pound guard from Albion, Mich., via Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Before coming to Owens, Edmonds put in a season at Summit Christian Academy, a prep school in Lansing, Mich.
In his freshman year of 2011-12 at Owens, he averaged 18.8 points and was named first-team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and first-team All-Region 12.
He was on much the same pace last season, averaging 18.0 points before a knee injury cut his season to 15 games.
"Justin is a great addition to our basketball program. He had a terrific career at Owens for Coach [Dave] Clark, before his knee injury," Herrion said. "He is a big, strong and versatile guard who we feel can make an impact for us right away."
Sane and Edmonds join Shawn Smith, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound juco forward who signed in November. Also coming on board are 2012-13 nonqualifiers Ryan Taylor and Kareem Canty, the latter who was allowed to remain on scholarship and practice with the team. Taylor and Canty are not expected to have problems becoming eligible.
Also becoming eligible to play is TyQuane Goard, the George Washington High graduate who transferred from Ohio and paid his own way through his sit-out season.
Assuming Goard and Taylor have no sudden roadblocks, and the three juco recruits graduate from their two-year schools, the Herd will have five new scholarship players to join nine returnees (again, Canty is in the latter category).
DeAndre Kane is the most notable subject of speculation to leave the program, by far. He is due to graduate from MU this spring, and could transfer to a higher-profile program or even turn pro.
Herrion said there is nothing new on Kane's status.
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