August 23, 2012 in Division I
The talented folks at UM Hoops and Inside the Hall are currently combining efforts to rank their predictions for the 25 best players in the Big Ten next season. They posted Nos. 21-25 yesterday and Southfield Lathrup standout and Iowa junior Roy Devyn Marble made the list. From the story:
Iowa is a trendy pick to jump up to the top-half of the Big Ten next season and Marble could be the catalyst of any Hawkeye improvement once again. Marble is a jack-of-all-trades guard that can play on the wing but is perhaps most potent when playing on the ball. His 6-foot-6 frame is problematic for smaller defenders and Marble improved in almost every statistical category from his freshman to sophomore season. Marble ended the season on a high note, scoring 31 points on 10 of 15 shooting in a NIT loss to Oregon and will look to build on that progress in 2013. Marble’s 31-point performance was buoyed by seven made 3′s (on just eight attempts) which accounted for nearly one third of his 3-point makes on the season. If Marble is going to be one of the conference’s best guards, he’s going to have to prove that he can hit the 3-point shot consistently. If he does improve his three point shooting, he could easily be an all league player by year’s end.
Marble definitely has the versatility to be an elite guard in the conference and, more importantly as was pointed out in the post, he has prototypical size for a wing. Improved shooting would certainly vault him among the league’s elite, but his wingspan and athleticism also potentially make him a lockdown defensive player.