Marshall Participates in Practice

ST. LOUIS – Kendall Marshall practiced a limited amount on Saturday afternoon, marking the first time he's practiced since fracturing his right wrist on Sunday. North Carolina will make a decision on his playing status against Kansas after shootaround on Sunday morning.

Marshall sat and spoke to reporters shortly following practice with his right wrist heavily wrapped with ice.

"It is sore; it hurts," Marshall said. "I just wanted to be out there. I didn't do any full contact things. It's tough to catch and tough to pass, and I really want to be able to pass, but shooting the ball felt great. Not using my off-hand and really concentrating on form, that felt good. But we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

The Dumfries, Va. native fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist during Sunday's third-round NCAA Tournament game against Creighton. He had surgery on Monday morning to insert a screw in his wrist.

When asked to expand on the difficulties of catching and passing on Saturday, Marshall offered the following: "I didn't do a bad job with it today, but hopefully it continues to get better. Every 24 hours there has been improvement, so hopefully it will be the same thing tomorrow."

Marshall was fitted for a specially-designed brace on Thursday evening and the sophomore said the support is doing its job in keeping his wrist stable. The brace allows a 20 percent range of motion, which Marshall demonstrated by holding his left hand out, palm down, parallel to the ground and slightly hinging his wrist up and down.

"It gives me just enough movement to where it's not hurting," he said.

Marshall indicated that he can make a fist with his right hand with no pain and has no problems with his hands or fingers.

When asked if he would play if the game were on Saturday, Marshall replied: "I wouldn't play right now, but things can change in 24 hours. We'll make a decision after shoot-around tomorrow."

Marshall, his parents, head coach Roy Williams and trainer Chris Hirth will all be involved in the decision-making process.

"There are two things that have to happen: one, he has to feel comfortable that he's not hurting; and then two, I have to decide, 'Can he be effective in the game with his situation?'" Williams told reporters during his press conference on Saturday.

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