Family Plays Role in McCarty Coming to Iowa

News broke on Sunday night that Stephen McCarty would be walking into the Iowa basketball team this season. The point guard from Detroit turned down two Division I scholarships to become a Hawkeye. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the newest Iowa addition. Find out what he had to say about how he ended up in Iowa City and what he thinks about his chances to play in this update.

Roy Marble Sr. watched his alma mater struggle with point guard depth last season. As a result, he found a possible opening for a family member.

Iowa already had signed his son, Roy Marble Jr., in the 2010 Class. So, he encouraged another relative to reach out to the Hawkeyes.

"(Marble Sr.) thought I should go out there with (Marble Jr.)," Point Guard Stephen McCarty said. "He thought I might be able to help them turn things around and try to make some things happen. He told me to send my film out there.

"They liked what they saw."

Iowa coaches invited the 6-foot, 165-pound floor general from Detroit to walk on last week, he said. He accepted it despite having Division I scholarship offers from Sacramento State and Buffalo.

"I saw that last year they needed another point guard," McCarty said of Iowa. "I can play fast tempo and get some things going on the fast break. I'm Big Ten. I can do that Big Ten stuff. I might as well give it a shot."

McCarty prepped at West Bloomfield High in the Detroit area. Marble Jr. played at Southfield-Lathrup High. They teamed up for The Family AAU program and in middle school.

"He's a pretty decent shooter and a great competitor," Marble Jr. said. "I know he's going to work hard while he's there (at Iowa)."

McCarty feels like he'll get a chance to contribute right away based on what the Iowa coaches have told him.

"There's not a lot of depth at point guard," he said. "The coaches told me that they're not going to recruit any more guards (in the ‘10 Class) and they're going to give me a chance to fight for minutes."

McCarty believes that his game fits well with new coach Fran McCaffery's system.

"I can push it up the floor and use my speed," he said. "I can shoot the three. I have good court sense and vision and I can play some defense. I need to get stronger and become more aware on defense."

McCarty plans to move to Iowa and join and play in the Prime Time League this summer in North Liberty.

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