D’Antoni writes on Greer in magazine article

October 9, 2018

Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball head coach Dan D’Antoni stepped out of his sneakers to author an article in the Autumn 2018 issue of Marshall Magazine, the university’s official alumni publication.

D’Antoni wrote about the late Hal Greer who played for Marshall from 1955 to 1958 and passed away April 14 at age 81. In the article Greer was described as the best basketball player in Marshall’s history and the athlete who broke the color barrier in West Virginia. When Greer came out of Douglass High School and accepted a Marshall basketball scholarship he was the first black athlete to play for a major college in the state.

Greer excelled at Marshall and in the NBA and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

D’Antoni also played basketball for the Thundering Herd (1966-70) and is in the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame.

KEEPING SECRETS: Marshall’s Jon Elmore is “the 2019 NBA Draft’s Best Kept Secret” according to a piece Thundering Herd fans can read at


“Jon Elmore is a name that most NBA fans do not know,” the piece said. “Even those who follow college basketball won’t know much about Elmore. Marshall’s senior point guard is nowhere to be found in major media outlets’ draft coverage. And on first look, you wouldn’t be surprised.

“The 6′3, 185-pound point guard isn’t going to intimidate opposing teams on sight. On the contrary, Elmore gives opposing coaches nightmares the night before his team is to face off against the Herd.”

Elmore’s draft prospects are reviewed in detail accompanied by several videos describing his ability to pass, create shots and defend.

TIME TO ROCK: “Rock the Rec” is Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Recreation Center. The free event features Marshall team introductions and players going through some drills just two days before the first exhibition game Sunday, Oct. 28, against Glenville State.

Portable bleachers are set up for a night that annually has attracted a nice crowd.

SHARING THE WORD: Marshall is hosting a Saturday, Oct. 20, coaching clinic in Cam Henderson Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The cost is $30 for individual coaches, $50 for a staff of two coaches and $60 for a staff of three coaches.

Clinic fees include a ticket to the Homecoming football game against Florida Atlantic at 2:30 p.m., Nike Basketball materials, diagram sheets and a lunch/chalk talk. Registration is from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni’s staff will conduct a Thundering Herd practice with the 2018 Conference USA championship team, provide on-court instruction and have a film breakdown.

Interested coaches can contact Marshall basketball director of operations Neal Scaggs at 304-696-3586 or scaggs14@marshall.edu.

GAME TIMES: Tip-off times for some early-season games were posted on HerdZone.com.

n Sunday, Oct. 28, vs. Glenville State (exhibition), 4 p.m.

n Thursday, Nov. 1, vs. West Virginia Wesleyan (exhibition), 7 p.m.

n Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Hofstra, 2:30 p.m.

n Wednesday, Nov. 14, vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.

n Monday, Nov. 19, vs. North Carolina A&T, 7 p.m.

n Wednesday, Nov. 28, vs. William & Mary, 7 p.m.

n Saturday, Dec. 8, vs. Toledo, 2:30 p.m.

n Monday, Dec. 10, vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.

RECRUITING: National Letter of Intent signing periods are Nov. 14 to Nov. 21 and April 17, 2019, to May 15, 2019.

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