New Marshall University basketball coach Dan D’Antoni continues to recruit or get players from the region and his home state of West Virginia.
D’Antoni played at the old Mullens High School in Wyoming County in the 1960s and went on to start at Marshall.
His latest transfer is former Logan High School and Fairmont State guard Stevie Browning, who has decided to transfer and play for the Thundering Herd.
Browning confirmed his intentions to transfer to the Huntington school on Monday.
“I’ve always wanted to play Division I and I figured if I didn’t take the chance now it would pass me by,” Browning told the Charleston Daily Mail. “I’m committed. I can’t wait to get up there and start playing.”
During his time with the Logan Wildcats and coach Mark Hatcher, Browning helped LHS win the 2010 Class AAA state championship.
That team included all-state perfomers Noah Cottrill and Paul Williamson, who are both playing college basketball.
As a senior, Browning averaged 35 points and nine rebounds per game. He was named to the first team All-State squad. He also took home the MVP award at the North-South game after a 19-point, 12-rebound performance for the South. Browning played for Fairmont State the past two seasons. As a freshman, Browning played in all 32 games for the Falcons, averaging almost 7 points per game, while playing 19.3 minutes per contest. Last season, as a sophomore, he saw both of those numbers increase to a team-high 16.8 points per game (10th in the Mountain East Conference) in 34.6 minutes per game to go along with a 5.7 rebounding average (third on the team) as he was named second team All-MEC.
“I really enjoyed my time at Fairmont State and felt like I was part of the family there,” Browning told the Times West Virginian when he announced his intention to transfer earlier this month. “This is just a decision I made for myself. It wasn’t anything but that. I loved my teammates and everyone around Fairmont State.”
Browning gives Marshall five additions since D’Antoni took over the program following the end of last season, including Hedgesville’s Curtis Burkes, former Wyoming East standout Brett Bowling (who spent last season at Fork Union Military Academy), University of Miami transfer James Kelly and junior college transfer Jay Johnson.
Earlier this week Johnson Central (Ky.) commit Shane Hall, a 6’8” forward, decided not to attend Marshall.
Browning will have to sit out a year, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“I’ve met with (D’Antoni) a couple of times,” Browning said. “From what I can tell he’s a very good coach and he can help me make it to the next level.” Browning will walk-on at Marshall and not receive a scholarship. However, he may be able to earn a scholarship in the future.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)