Former Penn State Guard Jermaine Marshall Found Dead At Age 28

By Bill DiFilippo on January 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm
Jan 16, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of the Bryce Jordan Center prior to a game between the Iowa Hawkeyes Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Jermaine Marshall, a former standout guard for the Penn State basketball program, has died. According to a report by Sportando, Marshall was found at his apartment in France, where he suited up for French Pro B League side Nantes. The club announced Marshall's passing in a statement. He was 28.

Marshall, a native of Etters, Penn., joined the Nittany Lions in the 2009 recruiting class alongside Tim Frazier, Bill Edwards, and Sasa Borovnjak. A talented scoring guard, Marshall redshirted his freshman year before contributing scarcely during his first year on the court, appearing in 28 games in 2010-11.

His career took off over the next two years, averaging double-digit points as a redshirt sophomore and junior. Alongside D.J. Newbill, Marshall was part of a high-scoring backcourt during what would end up being his final year in Happy Valley, averaging 15.3 points per game. Marshall was crucial in the biggest win of the 2012-13 season, when Penn State stunned No. 4 Michigan at the Bryce Jordan Center behind a huge night from the veteran guard: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block in 35 minutes.

For his career in the blue and white, Marshall averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and one steal in 24 minutes per game. He appeared on the floor 90 times for the Nittany Lions with 48 starts. For his final season of college ball, Marshall went to Arizona State, averaging 15.1 points per game while making the NCAA Tournament with the Sun Devils. Since then, Marshall has played professionally in Europe, playing in Italy, Greece, Holland, Finland, and France, according to Sportando.

“We are saddened to learn the news about Jermaine Marshall and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones," Penn State coach Pat Chambers said in a statement, according to WTAJ. "He developed as both a player and a man during his time as a Nittany Lion and had an impact on those around him.”

There's no word on the circumstances surrounding Marshall's passing, and Nantes has requested that their game against ADA Blois on Jan. 19 be suspended. All of us at Roar Lions Roar would like to extend our deepest condolences to Marshall's family.