If you believe in people passing along their genes, you'll be real happy with Iowa's latest men's basketball commitment.
Roy Marble Jr, son of Iowa's all-time leading scorer, Roy Marble, told the Hawkeye coaches on Thursday that he would be accepting their scholarship offer. The younger Marble became the third known verbal commitment in the 2010 class, joining Ben Brust, who pledged his allegiance to the program on Wednesday, and Cody Larson.
Marble Jr. plays the wing at Southfield-Lathrup High in Lathrup Village. Michigan. Scout.com lists him at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds and ranks him as a two-star player on a five-star scale.
Hawkeye Nation spoke with Marble Jr. and the following is a transcript of that interview:
Q: When did you decide?
A: I pretty much decided last night, but I called this morning and told the coaches.
Q: You've visited quite a few schools and had some other offers. What led you to pull the trigger for Iowa?
A: When I went up on my visit, I loved the environment. I was real comfortable. And I love the fan support. That's really what I was looking for, where I was comfortable, where I was wanted. It was a tough decision, but when it came down to it, I feel like I made the right decision.
Q: We've talked about you thinking about waiting until the July evaluation period ended to see what was out there. Why did you decide to get it done now?
A: As I talked to other coaches and other people, if you have a high percent that you want to go there, don't wait due to the fact that a lot of kids are committing early. You don't want them to take your scholarship and then you're stuck with what's left.
Q: So, in addition to liking Iowa, you wanted to grab a scholarship?
Q: Did Ben Brust committing yesterday influence your decision at all?
A: Yeah, a little. He's a guard. I knew I could see myself playing with him in the backcourt. He's real athletic for his size. I can't wait ti play with him in the near future.
Q: What is your size right now?
A: I'm 6-4 ½, 175.
Q: Do you feel pretty good about the possibility of putting more weight on that frame?
A: Yeah, supposedly I'm supposed to end up being 6-7 by the time I leave high school. We'll see how that goes.
Q: What did you dad say when you told him?
A: He was shocked. Actually he had to end up calling me back so he could get himself together.
Q: You've told me that you've never been intimidated by going to the school where your dad is the all-time leading scorer. Is it kind of neat, in a way, that you're following in his footsteps?
A: Um, yeah, but at the same time, even if he didn't go there, I probably still would have ended up there. It does help that he went there. My grandmother went there, too, so it kind of runs in the family.
Q: Do you think you'll wear his number or are you going to try to carve your own identity?
A: No, I'm not going to wear his number.
Q: After you visited Iowa, you told me you were going to Dayton, Miami of Ohio and Michigan. How did those visits go?
A: They went well. They all pretty much had the same thing to offer. My major was one of the top programs at each of the schools. It wasn't that. They all had good facilities. It just came down to how I interacted with the players and the coaches and where I felt the best being for the next four years. Iowa was the most comfortable place for me.
Q: How much of a relief is it to have this decision over with?
A: It's nice because I don't have to keep opening up all of this mail or keep getting all these calls and stuff. (laughs)
Q: Will it help you focus on your game more now that the decision is out of the way?
A: Basketball wise, I think it helps. I was working to keep getting offers. I was playing extremely well. I'm not going to slack off now, but as far as when I start back in school in the fall, I think I'm going to be more concentrated on my school work than I would be if I were still available.
Q: What are you looking to major in?
A: Business management.
A: I like to interact with people and I love dealing with money. (laughs)