In a press release, Marshall’s basketball program announced that leading scorer Elijah Pittman has been suspended indefinitely from the team. No reason was given for his suspension and the athletic department will not provide further comment.
Pittman entered the season as the Thundering Herds only returning starter. In Marshall’s first nine games, the 6-foot-9 senior forward averaged 21.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Playing at Penn State on Saturday, Pittman spent the majority of the second half on the bench. In 22 minutes against the Nittany Lions, Pittman missed four of his five free throws and only converted four of 13 field goal attempts. He finished the game with ten points, two rebounds, two blocks, and a turnover.
Huntington Herald Dispatch columnist Chuck Landon believes that junior Shawn Smith, who averages 7.3 points and three rebounds per game, will start in Pittman’s place against WVU in the Capital Classic this Saturday.
Look for Shawn Smith to start in Pittman's place against WVU Saturday
— Chuck Landon (@Chuckonsports) December 9, 2013