Growing up is the theme for Marshall men's basketball, according to guard Andrew Taylor. Not only is Taylor growing into an expanded role as a leader, but he lauded several teammates for their physical work in the offseason to transform from the build of boys to looking like men on the court.

After starting his career in construction, Marshall director of sports performance Ben Ashford found his calling in athletic training. Now, Ashford is busy trying to assist head coach Charles Huff in building the Herd back into a championship-caliber team.