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Reports: Donyell Marshall to leave Buffalo for assistant position at Rutgers

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Given UB Men's Basketball's performance, not just in the postseason, but since November, with an almost-entirely new roster and coaching staff, you had to figure that this was coming, sooner rather than later.

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein is reporting that assistant coach Donyell Marshall will be leaving Amherst to take a position on the Rutgers' staff under newly-hired head coach Steve Pikiell.

Pikiell, like Marshall a UConn alum, was hired by the Scarlet Knights earlier this week after leading Stony Brook to the NCAA Tournament, and was on the UConn staff from 1991-1992 during Marshall's career. (Pikiell's brother, Tim, actually overlapped with Marshall on the Huskies.)

Rutgers was 7-25 this year under Eddie Jordan, who left the program after just 29 wins in three years.

On the Buffalo side of things, head coach Nate Oats loses a promising young coach who mentored freshman Nick Perkins and UB's other big men to match last season's rebounding margins even after the loss of 2015 MAC Player of the Year Justin Moss.

Oats has another former player with big-name recognition on his staff in Director of Player Development Julius Hodge, but it's unclear immediately if any of Hodge, Jim Whitesell, or Bryan Hodgson have experience working specifically with forwards.

Prior to coming to Buffalo, Marshall worked as an assistant at Rider University (2013-15), the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League (2011-13), and George Washington (2010-11) after a 15-year playing career.