Junior standout Naji Marshall began to explode onto the scene last summer running with DC Premier on the AAU circuit, and now as the high school season continues to get going he is making even more of a name for himself. Marshall was impressive at the DMV Tip-Off, and continues to add recruiting interest.
“Things have gone okay to start,” said Marshall. “We have lost a few games that we should have won, but overall we are playing well.”
He continued, “I’ve been working on playing hard and my strength and conditioning. I know if I play hard consistently good things are going to happen.”
Recently a lot of new interest has come Marshall’s way, and it is an exciting time for him on the recruiting trail.
“It has been cool,” said Marshall. “I’m getting calls from schools all over the country. So that has been good. I’m hearing from Xavier, West Virginia, Maryland, Cincinnati, Manhattan, and there are a lot of other schools.”
About the Musketeers, Marshall said, “Mike (Pegues) is a good friend with my coaches and I have a cool bond with him. I don’t know too much about Xavier, but I know they are having a good year and I like Coach Mike a lot.”
Xavier’s cross-city rival Cincinnati has also turned up the heat lately.
“I talk to Coach Antwan (Jackson) a lot and he is a D.C. guy, so that is good,” noted Marshall. “I know they like my game and they think I would fit in there.”
When it comes to West Virginia, Marshall said, “They like how I play hard and my passing ability, and playing for Bobby Huggins would be a great thing, so it is good to hear from them.”
Beyond those schools the Maryland Terrapins are also beginning to pick things up with Marshall.
“It is good to hear from the hometown school,” said Marshall of Maryland. “I’m not sure their exact level of interest, but it is good to hear from them and it is close to home so that would be a good thing.”
For now Marshall is just working on his game and his grades, and that is his focus, but look for more schools to pick things up as he is seen as the year goes on.