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2012 NBA Draft Profile: Kendall Marshall

KENDALL MARSHALL, NORTH CAROLINA, 6-4, 195 lbs., Point guard

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 also broke the ACC’s single-season record for assists with 351.

After just two seasons at UNC, 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.

He averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 9.8 apg, 2.8 tpg and 1.2 spg a game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 35 percent from behind the arc last season.

Suns Director of Player Personnel John Treloar's on Marshall: "He is a guy that is a great passer with great vision. He’s kind of a throwback as a point guard. The trend right now with point guards is in the mold of Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose – who are phenomenal athletes with their speed, strength and quickness . In Kendall’s case, he’s more of guy that’s a very good floor leader and makes his teammates better, as opposed to trying to get it done the way Westbrook does it. He’s a very good point guard and a lot of people might say that if he hadn’t gotten hurt, that was the team that would’ve given Kentucky a run at the end there."