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April 23, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore center Shamar Herron (6-9, 255, Detroit, Mich./Pershing) has decided to leave Ohio State to pursue his academic and playing career elsewhere. He has not decided where he will transfer at this time.%^$

%^$Herron played two seasons at Ohio State, playing in 38 games and starting three. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in two seasons while averaging 9.2 minutes a contest. %^$

%^$He had a career high six points against Purdue (2/7/98) and a career best seven rebounds against Army (11/22/98).%^$

%^$Herron said the decision to leave was difficult to make.%^$

%^$”I just felt I was not going to get my maximum playing time here so I had to go elsewhere,” Herron said. “I love the program and the university, it just came down to making me happy.” %^$

%^$Herron plans to complete the OSU spring quarter before looking at his options.%^$

%^$”I am going to finish the quarter and after that see what develops,” Herron said.%^$

%^$Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien said the program has suffered a loss. %^$

%^$”We are disappointed because Shamar played no small role in our success this season,” O’Brien said. “He is one of the nicest and most team-oriented players I have ever had the privilege to coach. Although Shamar does not have great statistics, there is no doubt he will be missed.”%^$

%^$An Overview…
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Shamar Herron, as a true freshman, was asked to give theBuckeyes a physical presence down low.
%^$ He, at 6-9, 255-pounds, has the size to become a power playerin the paint.
%^$ He also has the ability to get up and down the court, he hasexcellent hands and he showed in high school he can finishplays.
%^$ Herron graduated in the Top 10 percent of his high schoolclass…He enjoys going to movies, shopping and relaxing in hisfree time…Born May 14, 1978, he is the son of Georgetta Potts.%^$

%^$As a Freshman…
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Shamar played in 28 games, starting three (Penn State 2/16/98;Indiana 2/19/98; Northwestern 2/21/98).
%^$ He averaged 14 minutes per start and totaled three points andthree rebounds.
%^$ One of his best efforts of the year came Feb. 7 vs. Purdue withsix points, four offensive rebounds and a block in 13minutes.
%^$ He usually spelled Ken Johnson, but at times would be in thelineup at the same time.
%^$ His first strong game statistically came against Toledo, whenhe totaled five points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in 22minutes.
%^$ He missed nearly a month of preseason practice because of astress reaction in his right femur.%^$

%^$As a Sophomore…
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Had season-high five points in win over Army.
%^$ Came in to score four points in just two minutes againstDetroit in the win that sent the Buckeyes to the SweetSixteen.
%^$ Played in 10 games with high of 13 minutes against Army…hadseven rebounds vs. the Cadets…24 of his 56 career rebounds havebeen on the offensive end of the floor.
%^$ Was sidelined with strained right ankle for over threeweeks…the injury was suffered during practice (1/17/99). %^$

%^$Looking Back…
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Herron, a team co-captain, averaged 10.3 points, 13.0 rebounds,4.0 blocked shots and 5.5 assists per game for a 14-5 DetroitPershing team as a senior.
%^$ He was named honorable mention all-Detroit.
%^$ His team actually posted a 13-1 record in the powerful DetroitPublic League, but had to forfeit three games.
%^$ Herron transferred to Pershing at the midway point of hisjunior season.
%^$ He went on to average 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and fiveblocked shots per game as a junior for coach Johnny Goston’s team,which finished 19-1, was Detroit Public League champions andfinished as the No. 1 team in the state.%^$

%^$Herron’s Career Highs
%^$Points
%^$6 vs. Purdue (2/7/98)%^$

%^$Rebounds
%^$7 vs. Army (11/22/98)%^$

%^$Assists
%^$1 at Michigan (2/11/98)%^$1 vs. BYU (12/30/97)%^$

%^$Blocks
%^$3 vs. New Mexico St. (12/29/97)%^$3 vs. Toledo (12/3/97)%^$

%^$Steals
%^$1 vs. Michigan State (2/4/98)%^$1 vs. Kansas (12/28/97)%^$

%^$Minutes
%^$22 vs. Toledo (12/3/97)%^$

%^$Field Goals
%^$3 vs. Michigan State (2/7/98)%^$

%^$Field Goals Att.
%^$4 several times, last vs. Army (11/22/98)%^$

%^$Free Throws
%^$1 several times, last vs. Army (11/22/98)%^$

%^$Free Throws Att.
%^$3 vs. Toledo (12/3/97)%^$

%^$Offensive Rebounds
%^$4 vs. Purdue (2/7/98)%^$

%^$Defensive Rebounds
%^$6 vs. Army (11/22/98)%^$

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-Go Bucks!-