Elmore returning to Marshall; withdraws name from NBA Draft
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Senior guard and the reigning Conference USA Tournament Most Valuable Player Jon Elmore will put on a Marshall Thundering Herd jersey for one last season, as he announced his plans to return to Marshall for his senior season.
“I’m excited to be able to put on the Marshall uniform for one more go around,” Elmore said. “Marshall is my home and I’m looking forward to going out with a bang. We have shown glimpses of what we are capable of throughout my first three years here. However, the bar is higher than ever now and I’m excited for the challenge. Go Herd!"
A member of the league’s all-conference first team and three-time C-USA Player of the week this season will return to the Herd after helping lead the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 31 years and the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory. The rising senior became the first player in league history to lead the C-USA in points and assists in consecutive seasons.
Last season, Elmore broke the school single-season records for points (816), assists (244), free throws (232) and free throw attempts (281). During the 2017-18 season, Elmore led the team in three-pointers (98), three-point field goal attempts (275) and field goals (554), while he also led the nation in triple-doubles (two).
Through 96 career games, the Charleston, W.Va., native is fourth on the program’s scoring list (1,888 points), third in made 3-pointers (242), third in assists (592) and second in made free throws (518).
Of all of the players returning to college basketball for the 2018-19 season, Elmore ranked second last season in points and first in total assists.