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2012 NBA Draft
June 28, 2012
The Phoenix Suns introduced their first-round draft pick, Kendall Marshall, during a press conference at US Airways Center on June 29, 2012.
The feeling was mutual, as the Suns were excited to be able to add the talented, "throwback point guard" out of North Carolina.
Kendall was accompanied to Phoenix by his proud parents and youngest sister.
After meeting the media, Marshall got a chance to meet and mingle with fans, who were excited to welcome him to the Valley.
Marshall autographed copies of the morning newspaper announcing the Suns' pick, as well as fan-made posters.
As a sophomore, Marshall averaged 8.1 points and 9.8 assists a game for the Tar Heels.
Marshall said he enjoyed playing in the Tobacco Road rivalry while he was at North Carolina.
Suns GM Lance Blanks discusses the addition of Marshall immediately after making the pick.
Marshall showed the ability to split defenders and get into the lane while a Tar Heel.
UNC Head Coach Roy Williams called Marshall the best passer he's ever coached.
Marshall has been described as a pass-first point guard.
Marshall played two seasons at UNC, and he nearly averaged 10 assists per game last season.
Marshall made time for the Tar Heel followers, one of the more passionate fan bases in collegiate sports.
Marshall was pictured here after he was named the Bob Cousy Award winner, which goes out to the country's best collegiate point guard.
Fans at the Suns' SixthMan Draft Party cheer the pick.
The pick drew applause from the Suns' scouting staff, as well.
The draft board is updated at the draft party, held at The Palomar Hotel, across the street from US Airways Center.
And updated on the white board inside the team's draft war room on the fourth floor of US Airways Center.
Suns President Brad Casper thanks season ticket holders for coming to the team's draft party at The Palomar Hotel.
Suns broadcasters Tom Leander and Eddie Johnson break down the draft.
Suns owner Robert Sarver and radio analyst Tim Kempton watch ESPN's broadcast of the NBA Draft.
Sarver bounced back and forth between the draft party and the draft war room.
Assistant coaches Noel Gillespie and Elston Turner look over scouting reports.
Suns President of Basketball Operations, Lon Babby, and GM, Lance Blanks confer in the draft war room.
Lon Babby finds a moment to smile in the Suns' war room during the 2012 NBA Draft.
Mark West, Suns VP of Player Programs, pulled out all the stops for the draft, including wearing his lucky hat.
GM Lance Blanks speaks to everyone assembled in the war room during the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Suns war room was ready on the fourth floor at US Airways Center.
On hand to help the Suns was Lindsey Hunter.
Assistant Coach John Shumate was also on hand.
All hands were on deck to help with the draft process.
Conversation was constant in the war room, as the Suns discussed options in the draft.
Everyone involved in the war room stayed connected as the draft unfolded.