"It's nice playing for the community that I grew up in," Marsden said. "It's a great place to play and a lot of great people. It's also great to play in front of my friends and family.
"Hilton Magic and being close to my family and friends, Coach Morgan and his staff are great here; it felt like the right decision."
Marsden was named the 2005 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year; he was also a Des Moines Register first-team Class 4-A selection, along with being an all-CIML Elite pick. As a senior Marsden averaged 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Going to the college in your hometown has some advantages for Marsden.
"Being in town I know where everything is so that makes it a lot easier," he said.
Perhaps the biggest advantage is having mom and dad minutes away.
"I still go home and get my laundry done and get some food," Marsden said.
So has Marsden accomplished a nickname of his own? He said after he signed the Ames Tribune ran a headline calling him the Home-boy.
"The kids at school always called me that, so that's always stuck," Marsden said. "But Mike Evanovich calls me the deputy mayor."