HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Jon Elmore withdrew from the NBA Draft on Wednesday morning, but it turns out that was only a portion of the good news for the Marshall men’s basketball program.
Elmore isn’t only returning for the 2017-18 season – he has the option for two more years of college basketball. Marshall learned late Wednesday afternoon that Elmore has received a release from the original letter intent he signed out of high school, which restores a year of eligibility.
Marshall announced earlier Wednesday, via a story by assistant athletic director and HerdZone.com writer Chuck McGill, that Elmore had opted to withdraw his name from the list of early entrants into the NBA Draft.
Elmore, a Charleston native, now has two years to use two seasons of eligibility.
“I’m happy it’s behind me,” Elmore said. “It’s been a long process. Lots of ups and downs. I’m glad everything got resolved. I’ve got the year back and hopefully I can make the most of it. I’ve got two years now.
Elmore, who became a Conference USA first team selection last season after leading the league in scoring and assists, debuted with the Herd in 2015-16. That means last season, when he was listed as a junior, was actually his sophomore season.
“Jon gets another year to develop and if he needs another year to develop after next year, he has options,” Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni said. “If we get him for one more year, we’ll look forward to it. If it’s two more years, we’ll look forward to that, too.”
Elmore averaged 19.7 points and 5.9 assists in 35 games last season.