- Legit center size
- 7-5 wingspan
- Great interior defender/shot blocker
- Some scouts question his toughness/motor
- Has to get stronger
- Needs to keep working on midrange face-up game
Marshall hasn't turned up on many mock drafts, but he's a mobile shot blocker, a commodity that most NBA teams could use. Scouts wonder whether Marshall, generally a low-key person, has the toughness to play at the next level. He'll have to prove in workouts that he's got a nasty streak he didn't always show in college.
Marshall was chosen to the Lou Henson All-America team and the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team after a season in which he blocked 122 shots (3.7 bpg), third in the nation and more than 212 Division I teams. He was also chosen the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year for the second straight season and earned first-team All-MAC honors. Marshall, who helped lead the Zips to the NCAA tournament, is the career blocked shot leader at Akron and the Mid-American Conference (368).
13.0 ppg | 5.1 rpg | 0.8 apg | 1.4 tpg | 3.7 bpg | 28.2 mpg | .651 FG | .642 FT
Marshall became just the fourth Division I player in the last 30 seasons to average at least 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game while shooting at least 65.0 percent, joining Bo Outlaw (Houston, 1992-93), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown, 1983-84) and Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston, 1983-84).
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What Insiders Say
Akron coach Keith Dambrot
"Zeke has been way more consistent. If you look at the numbers this year, he's been consistently good. Whereas last season he showed signs of brilliance, but could never consistently put it back to back to back. I think he's gone eight or nine games in a row in double figures. I think he's averaged in his last nine games over four blocks a game and he's rebounding at a high level. So I think his maturity as a man has really made him a better basketball player and has made him more consistent as a player."
What Outsiders Say
Trainer Chet Feldman
"When we coach him on something and he does it with a sense of purpose, his potential is unbelievable," Feldman told the Akron Beacon-Journal. "We have to get Zeke to believe his potential is unbelievable. We see it. I see it."