Naji Marshall

Prep Showcase: Xavier signee Naji Marshall goes for 43 points in two games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Chris Mack, Xavier have a top 10 recruiting class. One of the crown jewels of the group is four-star wing Naji Marshall. He had a big showing at the National Prep Showcase.

Xavier signee Naji Marshall had two strong outings at the National Prep Showcase this past weekend.

Marshall helped the Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy to a pair of wins. In the first contest, Marshall was 8-for-14 from the field, scoring 18 points and reeling in eight rebounds. In the second contest, he was 10-for-16 from the field and went for 25 poitns and eight rebounds.

Throughout the weekend, Marshall played his normal, tough brand of basketball, but he also showed an improved comfort level on offense. Not known for his shooting, Marshall was 4-for-7 from three in the two games.

He was aggressive when he had opportunities, and although ball handling is still an area for improvement, he found ways to slice to the rim and is a very good finisher once he gets there.

The Musketeers currently have a top 10 recruiting class and Marshall is a big part of that, as he ranks No. 39 in the country. He proved over the weekend that he’s well deserving of that lofty slot in the 2017 top 100.

Q&A with Naji Marshall

Evan: How do you think you played today?
Naji: I didn’t play great, you know, my team went 2 and 0. We shared the ball, we rebounded, played defense, followed the scouting report and came out with 2 victories.

What do you attribute (the expansion of your game) to?
Just hard work you know. Working on my jump shot, working on my strength and conditioning being able to run up and down the floor and just, you know, polishing the things I do best.

Do you feel more comfortable as a shooter?
Oh most definitely…time and effort.

What do you like about Xavier’s team?
They’re doing pretty good right now. Coming off two big wins and they play in the championship today, so hoping to get a “W”. I like the way they play and I like their intensity on defense and the way they push the ball on offense.

He’s just telling me to stay in the gym really. Just keep polishing the things that I do best, work on my jump shot, and basically do anything possible to get ready for next year.

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