HUNTINGTON — Over the last four years, seeing Marshall basketball standout Jon Elmore go coast-to-coast was a norm for Thundering Herd fans.
Now, Elmore’s coast-to-coast journeys have hit an even higher level as he chases his basketball dreams.
The Thundering Herd’s all-time leading scorer, a Charleston native and former star at South Charleston and George Washington high schools, has been all over the United States in the last 40 days in an effort to impress NBA teams and boost his name prior to the 2019 NBA draft, which takes place June 20 in New York.
“I’m literally bouncing back and forth from East Coast to West Coast,” Elmore said by phone Sunday. “I was just telling my Mom that I need to get frequent flyer miles taken care of because I’d have some free flights by now.”
Elmore’s journey started on May 1 when he traveled to Irvine, California, to train in advance of the draft. Since that time, Elmore’s travels have increased with trips spanning the United States.
First, it was a workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then, a flight to Arizona to work out for the Phoenix Suns. Next was a trip to Florida to work out for the Miami Heat. That was followed by a flight back across three time zones to California to audition for the Sacramento Kings before traveling back east to work out for the Indiana Pacers.
Over the weekend, Elmore was back in West Virginia to see family and his fiancee, Tori Dent, for a couple of days before catching a Monday flight to Boston to work out for the Boston Celtics. Elmore will also head to Michigan to work out for the Detroit Pistons this week.