April 17, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Justin Edmonds and Cheikh (pronounced Shek) Sane signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play basketball at Marshall next season.
Edmonds is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard from Albion, Mich. who played the last two years at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists this past season in 15 games before his season was cut short with a knee injury. As a freshman, Edmonds scored in double figures in all but three games while averaging a team-leading 18.8 points per game and was named First Team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and First Team All-Region XII.
"Justin is a great addition to our basketball program, he had a terrific career at Owens for coach (Dave) Clarke, before his knee injury," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "He is a big, strong and versatile guard who we feel can make an impact for us right away."
Owens had much success during Edmond's two seasons there. The Express went 24-8 during his freshman year, falling in the Region XII/District 10 finals. Owens finished with a 26-10 record last season and a fourth place finish at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament.
Edmonds graduated from Albion High School in 2010 and played one season at Summit Christian Academy Prep before signing with Owens. He finished with a decorated high school career and among the many honors, was a McDonald's High School All-American nominee.
Sane is a 6-foot-9, 217-pound power forward originally from Dakar, Senegal who played the past two seasons at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He averaged 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. He was an All-Region 18 and All-Scenic West Athletic Conference first team selection.
"We are thrilled to bring Cheikh into our basketball family, he had an outstanding sophomore season at Snow for coach (Robert) Nielson," Herrion said. "His improvement from his freshman to sophomore years was dramatic and we are excited to add a talented and physical frontcourt player like Cheikh to our program."
Sane helped Snow College to a 20-11 record this past season and a 23-9 record during his freshman season. Prior to Snow College, Sane furthered his basketball talents and attended grades 9-12 at a college-preparatory boarding school called SEEDS (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal).
Edmonds and Sane join Shawn Smith, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward at City College of San Francisco who signed with the Thundering Herd in November. Smith's team finished the regular season undefeated at 28-0 and fell in the CCCAA semifinals to finish 31-1. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the field.
"As you can see, Justin and Cheikh and Shawn all have a similar qualities, they played at highly successful and winning programs and they are terrific people," Herrion said. "We are excited to welcome them to our Herd basketball family!"