Marshall’s Gore, Elmore named All-Conference First Team
HUNTINGTON — It’s been a heck of a week for Marshall basketball senior guard Jon Elmore.
Two days ago, Elmore got engaged to longtime girlfriend Tori Dent during Senior Day festivities prior to the Thundering Herd’s win over Florida Atlantic that capped the regular season — a win in which Elmore eclipsed 2,500 points for his career.
On Monday, it was Elmore’s turn to receive a gift — this in the form of accolades — as he was named a Conference USA First Team selection, as announced by the conference office.
“Now, time to cap it off with a championship,” Elmore said by text message on Monday.
With the announcement, Elmore becomes the first player in Conference USA history to be a three-time First Team selection.
Throughout the years, the league has boasted of the likes of NBA veteran Dwyane Wade from Marquette, UTEP’s prolific scorer Stefon Jackson, Rice’s Morris Almond and Cincinnati’s Kenyon Martin, but none has accomplished the feat that Elmore gained on Monday.
“It feels good,” Elmore said. “Basketball is kind of my life. I give everything I have to this game. This game is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I try to make the most of it every time I lace them up and take the court.”
The Charleston native has seized his opportunities in a Marshall uniform well, becoming Conference USA’s alltime leading scorer earlier this season when he passed Jackson in a game at North Texas on March 3.
After asking Dent’s hand in marriage, Elmore then netted 16 points on Saturday afternoon to become the 69th player in NCAA Division I basketball history to hit the 2,500-point mark, joining Skip Henderson as the lone Herd players to do so.
On Wednesday, Elmore looks to continue his strong week as Marshall takes on Rice in the first round of the Conference USA tournament. With two assists, Elmore will create his own list in college basketball lore, becoming the first player ever — EVER — to record 2,500 points and 750 career assists.
Elmore was not the only Marshall athlete celebrating accolades of being a Conference USA First-Team selection on Monday.
Marshall women’s basketball standout Shayna Gore was named to the league’s First Team after a season in which the Herd made one of women’s basketball’s top improvements in win total.
Gore finished second in Conference USA at 20.0 points per game while finishing in the top-10 in several league categories.
The Logan native was second in 3-pointers per game (3.1), third in minutes per game (34.2), fifth in free throw percentage (81.6), sixth in assists (3.3), eighth in steals (1.7) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
On her Senior Day, she eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for her career when she scored 29 points as the Herd defeated FIU.
Now, Gore and the Marshall women look to make a mark on the Conference USA tournament when they open on Wednesday against UTEP at 3 p.m.
In addition to Elmore, Marshall’s men’s basketball also placed another member on the all-league teams with senior guard C.J. Burks being named a Third-Team selection.
Burks averaged 17.7 points per game and shot 47.8 percent from the field this season.
Burks eclipsed the 30-point mark in four games this season and was named Conference USA Player of the Week on Jan. 21.
He was also second on the team in assists and steals.