Marshall Hires Dan D’Antoni as Coach

NBA Summer League in Las VegasMarshall has hired a D’Antoni brother as its new head coach, but it’s Dan, not Mike.

Dan D’Antoni, the older brother of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, has served as an NBA assistant coach for the past nine seasons. He was a member of the Phoenix Suns’ staff from 2005-06 through 2007-08. He spent four seasons on the Knicks’ staff, then served as an assistant on the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff for the past two seasons.

During his career, D’Antoni, 66, also served as the head coach of the Knicks’ and Lakers’ NBA Summer League teams.

After D’Antoni graduated from Marshall in 1970, he joined the Herd staff as the head coach of the freshman basketball team, where he coached his younger brother, Mike, before becoming an assistant coach of the Herd varsity.

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Kelvin Amayo Gets Release from Marshall (UPDATED)

Marshall freshman point guard Kelvin Amayo has obtained his release and will transfer.

“I want to thank Marshall University but they didn’t have an athletic scholarship for me and that wasn’t the deal we made,” Amayo told

Amayo was not on scholarship but was under the impression he would receive one.

Marshall has had 13 players on scholarship since the fall, sources told Sources said Amayo did not show up for practice Monday and still hadn’t informed head coach Tom Herrion of his decision as of Monday night. To read more of this story, click here

Kelvin Amayo to Marshall

Onetime Towson commit Kelvin Amayo has a new destination.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound combo guard is headed to Marshall, where if all works out he would become eligible after the first semester of the 2012-13 season.

“Yes, that’s right,” he told by phone. “December next year I’ll be able to play.”

Amayo said Dayton, FIU and St. Peter’s had all expressed interest in him but he chose Marshall because head coach Tom Herrion — who is able to take props — called him directly. To read more of this story, click here

Kareem Canty to Marshall

Kareem Canty is headed to Marshall.

The 6-foot-1 Bronx native announced it on his Twitter page Saturday, choosing Marshall over Seton Hall.

“He is a very strong leader,” Long Island Lightning coach Darryl Washington told “He is a point guard who has the ability to make others better.

“When it is needed he can score at will. I think he has the potential to be an incredible college player.”

The No. 25 point guard in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, Canty is now at Westwind (Ariz.) Prep.

He can step in for Tom Herrion’s program and take over for senior point guard Damier Pitts.

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Whiteside Latest to D-League

The flurry of NBA players sent packing to the D-League keeps on coming.

Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside, who has ties to Newark East Side High School and Greenburgh, N.Y., was sent to the Reno Bighorns on Monday.

Whiteside, the No. 33 pick in this year’s draft, is the ninth NBA player on assignment to the D-League this season, joining 2009 first-round picks Terrence Williams and Christian Eyenga; 2010 first-round picks Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson and Ed Davis; and 2010 second-round picks Dexter Pittman, Solomon Alabi and Gani Lawal. To read more of this story, click here

Herrion Adjusting to Life at Marshall

NEW YORK — After spending three years as the associate head coach at Pittsburgh under Jamie Dixon, Tom Herrion is settling in to life as the head coach at Marshall University in Conference USA.

“I think it’s an exciting opportunity and a great challenge,” Herrion said Wednesday at the conference’s media day in Manhattan.

“There’s a lot of guys in this league that can coach and have won a lot of games,” he added. “So we all consider it a vastly underrated conference and I think we’ve added some terrific coaches. There’s momentum building for this conference and hopefully it’s the ability for all of us to take it to another level.”

Herrion is one of five new coaches in the league, along with Jeff Lebo (East Carolina), James Dickey (Houston), (Marshall), Ed Conroy (Tulane) and Tim Floyd (UTEP). Additionally, Donnie Jones takes over at UCF after three seasons at Marshall. To read more of this story, click here