2005 Focus: Ross Marsden

The Martin Brothers shocked many last season with their success. This year one key will be the emergence of 6-9 junior forward Ross Marsden, who already has a pair of high-major offers on the table.

Last summer it was guys like Jimmie Binnie, Alex Thompson and Trent Meacham who shared the spotlight on the Martin Brothers team. This year Ross Marsden will get his turn to step up.

The 6-9 ½, 210-pound Ames High (Iowa) junior probably won't put up hefty numbers, but he'll be a key cog in Hank Huddleson's success this season.

``He's in the limelight now, but he's been with me for a full year," Huddleson said. "As a back to his back guy, will he get me 20 a night? Probably not. But he'll get me 10 and 10."

``He just doesn't make mistakes, he runs the court well, catches everything and has a high basketball IQ," added Huddleson.

Marsden will still need to get stronger and become more aggressive, but a pair of schools have already put forth scholarship offers: hometown Iowa State and Wisconsin.

``Being that I'm from Ames, I've always been a Cyclone fan," Marsden said. "I think that what Wayne Morgan has done has surprised a lot of people, including me."

In addition to Iowa State and the Badgers, Marsden also said that Iowa is in the mix – although the Hawkeyes have yet to offer the in-state big man. UConn put in a call to Huddleson the other day regarding Marsden and

Marsden is also a standout first baseman, but it's likely he'll skip this high school season (which is played in the summer in Iowa) to focus on summer basketball with the Martin Brothers.

``I think with what we did last summer, it's going to make us play harder as a team," he said. "I think we have a great shot at doing the same thing we did last year. We went in as the underdog with nothing to lose and we just have to prove ourselves again."

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