Athlete of the week: Jon Elmore, men’s basketball


Richard Crank

Marshall guard Jon Elmore (33) shoots a 3-pointer over UTSA's Atem Bier in the second half of the Herd's game against the Roadrunners on Feb. 2, 2019. Elmore made the shot and was fouled by Bior, setting up a four-point play to tie the game.


Year: Senior

Hometown: Charleston W.Va.

Points per game: 20.6

Rebounds per game: 4.0

Assists per game: 5.1


vs. UTEP (W, 91-86): career-high 44 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal

vs. UTSA (L/OT, 116-106): 29 points, five rebounds,
eight assists


To say Jon Elmore had a good week was an understatement. Despite not winning Conference USA Player of the Week honors, the senior point guard still put up 36.5 points per game last week, including a career-high 44 against UTEP, along with six rebounds and five assists per game against

Elmore accounted for 44 of Marshall’s 91 points in a five-point win over the UTEP Miners on Jan. 31, shooting nearly 61 percent from the field (14-for-23) and over 50 percent from behind the arc (7-for-12). Elmore added seven rebounds and was 9-for-10 from the free throw line against the Miners. 

The Charleston, West Virginia, native followed his career-high performance with a 29-point, five-rebound, eight-assists game against the UTSA Roadrunners Feb. 2. Though UTSA won the game in overtime, the game never would have reached the extra period had Elmore not converted a four-point play in the dying seconds of regulation, draining a 3-pointer while being fouled and then converting on the ensuing free throw. Elmore’s overall shooting numbers were not great against the Roadrunners, but he was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe
in the game.

Elmore and the Thundering Herd hit the road for games at North Texas on Thursday and Rice on Saturday.