October 30, 2011

Adds another commit to the 2012 class

Tom Herrion saw no reason to slow down on the recruiting trail, even with the basketball season just days away from seeing live action.

Marshall picked up a verbal commit from Elijah Pittman, a 6-8 JUCO forward currently at Lamar State-Port Arthur in Texas.

Pittman is originally a native of Covington, Ky, where he played for Holmes High School, one of the Bluegrass State's powerhouse programs, where he helped the Bulldogs to the 2009 Sweet 16 state championship.

"I love that town," Pittman said of Huntington after a visit this weekend.  "They love Marshall basketball and I am so close to my family and mom."

Pittman is the second Bluegrass state native to verbal to the Herd this Fall.  Tamron Manning, a combo-guard from Scott County, verbally committed last month.  Pittman says he knows and stays in touch with Manning.

"Athleticism, mainly," Manning said of what he knew about Pittman.  "He's real bouncy and runs the floor well."

At Chipola College in Florida last year, Pittman scored 13.1 ppg and averaged 5.1 rebounds.  

JUCOJunction.com writer Bret Swanson calls Pittman a "very talented" power forward.

"Elijah is a very athletic forward that can play inside-out on the floor," Swanson said.  "He is very agile and mobile with great skill level."

Pittman joins Manning and guard Kareem Canty, originally of Harlem, as 2012 verbal commits.

He will also join into the mix inside with Nigel Spikes, Robert Goff and J. P. Kambola next season.  Marshall is still awaiting word on Dennis Tinnon receiving one or two years of eligibility from the NCAA.

Southern Miss had also offered Pittman.

Ryan Epling is an analyst with Herd Nation. Comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged on the Old Fairfield forum.


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