From Marshall Sports Information
for Herd Insider (goherd.com)
May 5, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University head men’s basketball coach Tom Herrion has added his second recruit of the spring and fifth since last fall today.
Robert Goff has signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement with the Thundering Herd for next season.
Goff, a 6-9 forward, brings two seasons of junior college experience, most recently playing for head coach Steve Eck at Hutchinson (Ks.) Community College.
He previously committed to the University of Oklahoma, but was given his release following a coaching change.
The Indianapolis, Ind. native averaged 9.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds while helping Hutchinson to an 18-4 mark and a perfect 11-0 non-conference record.
"We are really excited that Robert has decided to be a part of our basketball program,” Herrion commented.
Marshall's fifth signee for 2011-12 is forward Robert Goff. Goff averaged 9.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College. photo courtesy of Rivals/Yahoo
“Robert is an extremely talented young man who has played for an outstanding coach in Steve Eck the past few years.
"His size, athleticism and versatility will be a great addition to our team as we prepare for next year."
According to JucoRecruiting.com, Hoff was named as the 18th best JUCO prospect in the nation. Dennis Tinnon, who signed with the Herd in 2010, is ranked 20th on that list.
Goff spent the 2008-09 season as a freshman playing at Cowley Community College, also in Kansas.
Marshall lost two seniors from last year's team - Tirrell Baines, a forward, and Orlando Allen, a center. Also leaving was senior to be point guard Johnny Higgins, and two walk-on players, juniors Noah Fischer and Xavier Humphrey.
Justin Coleman and J.P. Kambola sat out this past year and will be eligible for three seasons, and a fourth with the proper academic progress. Isaiah Williams committed to the Herd, but is rumored to be a possible non-qualifier this coming year, and may sit out like Coleman and Kambola.
The three early signing period prospects for the Herd were high school guard Devince Boykins; prep school forward Jamir Hanner; and junior college forward Dennis Tinnon, who will find out this summer if he has one or two years to play.
This spring signing period includes Chris Martin, a high school point guard, in addition to Goff.
Marshall is still unsure if Johnny Thomas, who graduated from N.C. State in three years. Thomas was playing with two years eligibility as a MU graduate student and the question is will he be staying for his last year or head to overseas to play professionally.
Eladio Espinosa, who will be a junior this season, may return or may take a medical red-shirt, suffering the thoat injury in practice last year that cost him most of the season. Espinosa was a transfer from USF of the Big East.
Returning will be Damier Pitts, Shaq Johnson and Dago Pena as seniors, along with Thomas and Aundra Williams.
Juniors to be are Nigel Spikes and possibly Espinosa, while sophomores are Dre Kane, Yous Mbao (who sat out last season as a transfer from Marquette, another Big East school) and returning walk-on Justin Howe.