HUNTINGTON — The Marshall men’s basketball team kicks off its 100th year of basketball Friday with Thundering Herd Madness, an event that marks the Herd’s first day of practice. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for all Marshall students with an ID.

All proceeds benefit the MU Tip-Off Club.

The Thundering Herd returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team, which finished 12-16 overall and 5-9 in its first year in Conference USA. Senior point guard Chris Ross, senior guard Tre Whitted, junior guard Mark Dorris and 2005-06 C-USA All-Freshmen team member Markel Humphrey are all returning starters. Also returning for the Herd is senior swingman Travis Aikens, junior center Jean Francois Bro Grebe and sophomore center Jesse Oglesby.

New to the fold for Marshall this season is 7-foot freshman center Robbie Jackson, 6-foot sophomore guard Daryl Merthie, 6-8 freshman forward Tyler Wilkerson and 6-2 junior guard Chris Williams. Adam Williams, a 6-4 sophomore transfer from Kentucky, also joins this year’s team, but must sit out because of NCAA transfer rules.

The 2006-07 campaign marks the 100th year of basketball at Marshall, which played its first-ever game against the Charleston Taw Club Dec. 14, 1906.

The schedule of events for Friday includes several promotional giveaways, a team introduction, a three-point shooting competition, a slam-dunk competition and an intrasquad scrimmage. Three hundred T-shirts will also be thrown out to the crowd during the festivities.

Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.

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