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Prospect Profile

Kendall Marshall

  • Full Name: Kendall Marshall
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 195
  • Birthdate: August 19, 1991
  • College: North Carolina
Phoenix Suns Round 1: Pick 13
 

Video: Draft combine workout

Strengths:
*Great, instinctive passer
*Good size for a true point
*Better shooter than he’s sometimes given credit for
*Understands the game

Weaknesses:
*Not a blow-by athlete
*Could stand to improve free-throw percentage

NBA projection:
Most mock drafts have Marshall being taken somewhere in the teens in the first round. He’s not an elite athlete as compared to other point guards he’ll face in the NBA, but he’s a true pass-first set-up man who knows how to get the ball in the right place where his teammates can score. If Marshall’s body can stand up to the pounding it’ll take in the NBA, he’ll have a long career making his teammates happy and helping his team win.

2011-12 Season:
Marshall earned second-team All-ACC honors after leading the league, and finishing second in the nation, in assists per game (9.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.5). He broke the ACC’s single-season record for assists (351) — the old mark was 303 by Georgia Tech’s Craig Neal — and roared past the previous North Carolina high (284 by Ed Cota). Marshall finished his career as North Carolina’s all-time leader in assist average (7.96) and the ACC’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.01). His season ended prematurely after he fractured a bone in his right (non-shooting) hand in an NCAA tournament third-round victory over Creighton.

Key statistics:
8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 9.8 apg, 2.8 tpg, 1.2 spg, 33.0 mpg, .467 FG, .354 3PT, .696 FT

Cool statistic:
Marshall passed for 15 or more assists five times in his career. He’s the only player in UNC history to have more than one 15-plus-assist game (Raymond Felton, Jeff Lebo and Ed Cota each did it once.)

Reminds me of:
Mark Jackson

What Insiders Say:
North Carolina coach Roy Williams
“I think Kendall Marshall is the best point guard I've ever had in several areas. One is after the other team scores, he can attack with the basketball and pitch ahead and we can lay it up while everybody is still celebrating hoping their girlfriend is watching them run back down the court. He can attack you after you score better than anybody. He pitches ahead better than anybody I ever had. He thinks past first, second, third, fourth, maybe not fifth, but at least the top four.”

What Outsiders Say:
Creighton coach Greg McDermott
“He just doesn't make bad decisions, he doesn't take bad shots. The decisions he makes with the basketball and space and off of ball screens are always the right decision and obviously he's surrounded by some very talented guys that are going to have long careers beyond their college careers. But to me he's the straw that stirs the drink. He's in total control. His facial expressions don't change; he's a point guard that plays the game the right way, and I have tremendous respect for him.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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