Friday, October 28, 2016

TyQuane Goard, “I just want to play basketball”

Potential Marshall transfer TyQuane Goard announced today via Twitter that the Herd would not grant him his release to transfer to WVU for his final season of eligibility.

The 6’7″ forward, originally from Charleston, West Virginia, had been dismissed¬†from the¬†Marshall basketball team this past season for undisclosed violations of team rules. In early May BGS reported that Goard was in the final stages of transferring to WVU for his final season. (you can read the article here).

Goard knew there would be pushback from Marshall. However, he did not expect it to be to this extent. “(I) have been trying to do everything possible. My mom even called the NCAA”. Despite the support system surrounding TyQuane NCAA rules dictate that even though he was dismissed from the team Marshall still have the rights to him.

At the end of the day the answer for Goard is simple, “I just want to play basketball, I love the game and just want to play”. The reason for choosing WVU played right into his desire to play the game that he loves.

When asked why WVU was his original choice TyQuane did not hesitate, “Huggins and his great staff. (Their) style of play and just being able to showcase my talent in a great conference”. Goard also felt that WVU gave him the best chance to play basketball at the next level, “(WVU) would put me in a great spot to earn money playing basketball after college”.

Despite his desire to play at WVU the NCAA appeals process would hinder his chances. “I need to be somewhere so I can start building with the team I’m going to be with”. NCAA appeal processes could take months and the end result could still be the same for TyQuane who could potentially lose his final year of eligibility in the process.

When asked why he felt Marshall blocked his transfer to WVU TyQuane was very candid, “You have to think about it, a guy you kicked off the team is now going to play for a Sweet 16 team and also a school rival”.

Despite wanting to be a Mountaineer TyQuane will now have to explore other options. Goard would have been a welcome addition to the WVU program who lost BillyDee Williams and Chase Conner to transfer after this past season.

Photo credit Herald Dispatch



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