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Herd PG Canty granted scholarship release

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Florida Atlantic's Marquan Botley, right, dribbles past Marshall's Kareem Canty during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Conference USA men's tournament on March 11 in El Paso, Texas. Canty was granted a release from Marshall on Friday, weeks after head coach Tom Herrion resigned from his post.

HUNTINGTON — Marshall point guard Kareem Canty, who was named to both Conference USA’s all-freshman team and all-conference third team this past season, has been granted his release from the men’s basketball team.

Canty won his appeal Friday morning before a three-person committee at Marshall.

“I’ve won my appeal !!!!!!!!!! I will be granted my Release,” Canty tweeted Friday morning.

Marshall had denied Canty’s transfer request, leading to his appeal. The guard had talked about transferring from Marshall since Tom Herrion resigned as head coach on March 14. The team has been without a head coach since.

Canty immediately became an integral part of the Thundering Herd after sitting the 2012-13 season as a partial qualifier. The NCAA declared Canty ineligible shortly after the regular season began. He had attended four schools in three years before arriving in Huntington — Bridgton Academy in Maine, Bishop Laughlin in Brooklyn, Westwind Prep in Phoenix and Faith Baptist Christian in Brandon, Fla.

Once eligible, Canty finished fifth in C-USA in scoring (16.3 points per game) and third in assists (5.45 per game). His 538 points this season is the second-highest freshman total in program history behind Skip Henderson’s 584 points in 1984-85. The Herd finished last season at 11-22 overall and 4-12 in the conference.

If Canty leaves, it will be the second straight season the Herd will be looking for a new primary point guard. DeAndre Kane, who played that role in 2012-13, left the team in April 2013, graduated and transferred to Iowa State, where he was named Big 12 newcomer of the year and helped the Cyclones reach the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at or 304-348-1712. His blog is at Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

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