Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MARSHALL BASKETBALL ; Frampton, Nikolic in Running for Backup Point Guard Work for Herd

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MARSHALL BASKETBALL ; Frampton, Nikolic in Running for Backup Point Guard Work for Herd

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HUNTINGTON - As Jon Elmore burst upon the scene as Marshall's flashy point guard, he played 36.4 minutes per game in Conference USA play, fifth-highest in the league. That became necessary long before mid-December, when Elmore became eligible. Aleksa Nikolic and Noah Frampton suffered season-ending injuries, sapping the team of point guards. As Thundering Herd fans may recall, Stevie Browning played point guard for the first time in his life.

The idea is to reduce Elmore's workload, with the obvious plan to keep him fresh. With the 6-foot-6 1/2-inch Nikolic playing other positions, the battle comes down to redshirt freshman Frampton and true freshman Ky're Allison.

They'll all play for the paying public for the first time Thursday as the Herd takes on West Virginia State at Cam Henderson Center. Tipoff time is an early 6 p.m., and upstairs seats are $5 general admission. The lower seats are part of the package for season-ticket holders.

"Jon's one of those competitors that never wants to come out of a ball game, whether he's tired or not, said Herd coach Dan D'Antoni. "This year, we have a better luxury with Noah back and Ky're as a recruit. If they practice what they've shown, they can both contribute.

Allison, the 6-foot-2, 181-pound native of nearby Portsmouth, Ohio, is the raw rookie, still getting acclimated to practice tempo and D'Antoni's "organized chaos system.

"Speed, size, strength, and having that condition to keep going, even when I'm tired, Allison said. "These guys, they know how to play when they're tired, play through fatigue.

But Frampton, the Poca resident, has been through a preseason camp and knows a good skill set when he sees it. Allison impresses him.

"He attacks the rim a lot better than I do, Frampton said. "I try to stay out and shoot; I'm not really big. He's a great on-the-ball defender, plays very hard.

Frampton played six games last season before giving into his torn labrum and torn rotator cuff - talk about your tough guys. He underwent surgery and a difficult rehab, one in which lifting your hand above your head is a major milestone.

Listed at 6-foot, his game is a bit different from that of Allison. …

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