Marble Reflects on Draft Night

Iowa star Roy Devyn Marble realized a dream Thursday night being selected in the NBA Draft. The Michigan native shared his thoughts about the experience and his future.

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Iowa star Roy Devyn Marble spoke with the media late Thursday night after being selected No. 56 overall in the NBA Draft. The Michigan native is headed to the Orlando Magic.

You can read Marble's thoughts in this transcript from his teleconference:

Q: When you got drafted, what who was the call from? Did you hear from the Nuggets or did you hear from Orlando?

Roy Devyn Marble: I heard from (agent B.J. Armstrong) first then I heard from Orlando. I already knew I was going to Orlando even though everybody thought I was going to the Nuggets. I already knew about the trade.

Q: Take me through what it was like when you got that call and that you're dream of becoming an NBA player had come through.

RDM: It was surreal. At first, I was just happy. I'm just blessed to have been taken off the board. I think the Orlando Magic is a great organization. They've got some young guys with talent. I think it's a good spot for me, to be honest.

Q: Did you work out with Orlando?

RDM: I did not work out for Orlando. They did have interest in me but we felt like their draft position and projections weren't matching up with mine. So, we didn't do a workout but it ended up being me going there anyway. So, like I said, I think it's going to be a good fit for me and it was a team that was interested me. It just didn't seem like he positioning made sense.

Q: Since (the Magic) took Elfrid Payton in the first round, I'm guessing they're looking at you more as the two and a three. Have they told you that?

RDM: No, they haven't told me that but I'm pretty sure they're looking at me more as a two and a three. That's what everybody…that's what most teams felt my positioning was, as a two and a three, especially a two and then as I get stronger, a three also. So, they're probably going to use my versatility as a wing player more than as a point guard.

Q: What's this moment like for you?

RDM: It was very emotional. I'm not even an emotional guy but I was happy to come this far. So much hard work was put into it. I don't think people truly understand how hard I had to work to get to where I'm at today. So, I think all of that just poured out all at once. Like I said, I'm just blessed to be in this position.

Q: So what's the next step? When are you heading to Orlando? Is that where you're going to work out for summer league?

RDM: I will be going to Orlando (today/Friday morning) for my press conference and I will return back to Detroit Saturday and then head back to Orlando Monday or Tuesday for a team dinner.

Q: Was there ever a moment (during the night of the draft) before you got the call when you were wondering of you were going to get picked? Did you have uncertainty or were you confident you were join to get drafted?

RDM: It was a little bit of both. I would be naive to say that I didn't think either way. I was pretty confident that I was going to get picked because I knew there was a team coming up that I had worked out for and had genuine interest in me. We thought I would go higher but as the night went on and the picks ended up getting shorter and shorter you're sitting there thinking, what's going on? But like I said, I'm just happy I did get picked and I think I'm going to a great organization with a great chance to be on a roster come this fall. I'm just taking it all in stride and enjoying the moment.

Q: I know the whole coaching staff, Mel (Basabe), Sapp (Anthony Clemmons) and your family was there. Can you just talk about all that support from people that were with you your entire career?

RDM: It was unbelievable. I was so happy that all of those guys could come and watch and support me and to show how much love you have for one another. I really don't know what else to say. It was a blessing just to have people around you that genuinely care about you and your success and them being a part of the reason why I'm here today. It just meant a lot to me.

Q: How many people were there in terms of numbers?

RDM: As far as just watching the draft with me, probably 20-25 family and friends. And then some people showed up afterwards.

Q: What did Fran (McCaffery) say to you after you got picked and what was that moment like to share with him?

RDM: It was cool. He just embraced me and gave me a hug and said he was proud of me and congrats and that this is just one step towards your goal. So, we're just trying to take these steps and trying to get to the end result, which is being on a roster come this fall.

Q: You being drafted by the Orlando Magic, what type of impact do you feel that's going to have on Iowa now going forward as they move on as a program?

RDM: I think it's going to have a huge impact. I think prospects and recruits are going to look at Coach McCaffery and see that he does have a formula to put key players into the draft and looking at Aaron White moving on to the Durant camp is very helpful also. That should really help him moving forward as far as recruiting and really getting teams together that he wants.

Q: Was this at a restaurant in in Southfield (MI) where everyone got together?

RDM: Yeah, a sports bar/grill.

You can listen to Marble's teleconference below:

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