No coach in the country made it more of a point to watch Naji Marshall during the month of July than Xavier’s Chris Mack. In the end that proved to make a major difference as the Washington DC native selected the Musketeers on Friday.
At 6-foot-6 with a unique ability to pass the basketball and tremendous versatility, Marshall was one of the most impressive players all July long with D.C. Premier. During the regular season of Under Armour play Marshall averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He raised those numbers even higher during the Under Armour Finals.
About the decision to pick Xavier over schools like Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia Tech, Marshall said, "It was just the perfect fit. They see me coming in and playing a lot of different positions and I should be able to compete for playing time right away."
A big deal for Marshall was the decision of Mack and lead recruiter Mike Pegues to be at every one of his game's during the month of July.
"That was a real big thing for me," said Marshall. "I knew I was one of their priorities, but this showed me that I am a guy they really wanted and it meant a lot to me.
During May, Marshall made an unofficial visit to Xavier and that really propelled the Musketeers into the lead in this recruitment. Now he will make his way back to campus shortly to visit in an official capacity.
"I will be making my official visit to campus on August 5, and I am going to be there the whole weekend," said Marshall.
Marshall is the third commitment for the Musketeers, and the second top 100 prospect. He joins fellow four-star Elias Harden as well as three-star shooter Jared Ridder in the class for Xavier. The Musketeers are expected to add another two to three prospects in their 2017 recruiting class.