Penava to Sign with an Agent
Ajdin Penava aims to be the first player from Marshall to be drafted since Hassan Whiteside
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall men’s basketball junior forward Ajdin Penava made it official on Thursday that he will forgo his senior season at Marshall University and sign with an agent before the NBA Draft.
Penava becomes the first MU player to declare for the NBA Draft since Hassan Whiteside declared in 2010. Whiteside made the jump after his rookie season in 2010 and was selected with the No. 33 overall pick.
“I want to thank coach Dan, the assistant coaches, graduate managers, managers, teammates, fans and everyone who supported the Marshall men’s basketball program the past three years,” Penava said. “This season was one of the best periods of my life. I gained brotherhood and memories that will last a lifetime. I’m proud of everyone who was a part of this historic season. We proved that Marshall belongs among the best.
“It’s been a hard decision, but after talking with my family and coaches, I think I’m ready to make the next step in my life and chase my dreams. I came here as a boy and Marshall helped me mature as an athlete and a man.
“I will always be a proud son of Marshall! Go Herd!”
Penava, who is from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, ends his career with the second-most blocks in program history (180), 781 points, 444 rebounds and 189 assists. Penava made 49 starts for the Herd and played in 87 games. During his career, he helped Marshall earn its first ever win in the NCAA Tournament against Wichita State, helped the program break a 31-year drought without an NCAA appearance, helped it claim its first Conference USA title in program history and helped the Herd appear in back-to-back C-USA Championship games.
“I’m happy for Ajdin and we here at Marshall wish him nothing but the best and success,” head coach Dan D’Antoni said. “He has been a big part of this program as a member of the community, a student and an athlete. He will always have a place at Marshall. I hope he fulfills all of his dreams.”
This season, Penava led the nation in blocks (134) and blocked shots per game (3.94) en route to becoming the program’s first C-USA Defensive Player of the year since Whiteside in 2010. Penava’s 134 blocks were second in program history and third in league history in a single season. The junior was also an All-Conference USA third team selection and averaged 15.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
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