HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s Thundering Herd took a step to strengthen its men’s basketball inside game and also added some versatility to its lineup with the addition of two recruits.
Hoosac School in Hoosick, New York, is sending two European players — 7-foot Goran Miladinovic and 6-7 Marko Sarenac — to Marshall. Hoosac School, a small co-educational preparatory boarding school, announced the National Letter of Intent signings Thursday on Facebook. Miladinovic and Sarenac were roommates at the school of about 180 students.
They join November 2018 signee Dajour Rucker from Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the Herd recruiting class.
Miladinovic, 19, is from Montenegro, a European country on the Adriatic Sea, and averaged 13.5 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots this year for the Hoosac Owls. He has some international experience from the 2017 FIBA U18 European Championships.
He visited Marshall last weekend for the End of Year Awards Reception. He was verbally committed to Elon University in North Carolina, but backed off after the Phoenix made a coaching change.
Sarenac, 19, is a Serbian who also played in the 2017 FIBA U18 European Championships. Rivals.com lists him as a small forward but he can play a variety of positions, including point guard.
He verbally committed to Marshall in November 2018 before a season with averages of 17.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 7.1 assists.
Rucker, a 6-6 forward, averaged 21.8 points and 11 rebounds as a senior. He was a Virginia Division I all-state, an All-Tidewater first-team player and the Tidewater Conference Player of the Year. He had 1,946 career points.
Marshall also had three freshmen sitting out the 2018-19 season who are expected to suit up for next season — 6-5 guard Jeremy Dillon from Delbarton, who played at Mingo Central High School; 6-6 forward Cam Brooks-Harris of Zanesville, Ohio; and 6-4 point guard Andrew Taylor from Corbin, Kentucky.