Early Exit?

Devyn Marble played a major role in Iowa reaching the postseason last year. His strong sophomore surprised some folks, but not the Detroit native. His performance caught the eye of NBA scouts and a strong junior year could put him in position to consider leaving school early for professional basketball.

Before anyone loses his mind or thinks he's the newest Marty Blake (google it), take a deep breathe. Devyn Marble is not saying he's leaving Iowa after the upcoming season. He would, however, consider it.

And really, what's the harm in that? Hawkeye fans should be encouraged that iii could happen.

Former Hawkeye Kenyon Murray was on AM-1630 KCJJ in Iowa City on Saturday talking about the topic. He said he had talked to people in the know that think it's a possibility.

NBA scouts are aware of Marble. His father, Roy Marble, Iowa's all-time leading scorer, has received feedback from among others, B.J. Armstrong, a former Hawkeye and player agent for the league.

Again, nobody is saying that Devyn is good enough for the league today. Nobody is saying that he'll be good enough at the end of his junior season to go pro.

However, young Marble is on the radar. He's long, he's athletic, he's played three positions in college, including PG at 6-6, and he's a year young for his grade. He gets to the rim and possesses a stellar mid-range game, a lost art these days.

Yes, he needs to find a consistent three-point shot and play every possession on defense. He's capable of both, especially the latter.

If you look at this week's NBA Draft, there were at least several players who weren't projected to be picked as high as they were in the selection process at this time last year. Damian Lillard, Terrence Ross and Andrew Nicholson come to mind. Likewise, few people predicted that Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III would be picked in the 20s a year ago.

Marble has the potential to play in the league. People in the know think so.

It should be fun to watch this winter if he can reach his goal sooner than some might believe.

Here's Marble on the subject:

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