Kendall Marshall's Journal - Mar. '09

Future Tar Heel Kendall Marshall, a 6-3 junior point guard at Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell, keeps Tar Heel fans updated on his path to Chapel Hill with regular journal entries at

MARCH 2009


Overall, I believe we had a successful year. We won two thirds of our games. There are games here and there that we could of won but overall we had a good year. We beat Gonzaga twice and they are always a good team. We also beat Kinston out of North Carolina with Reggie Bullock. Reggie has to deal with me for five more years about that.

Personally, I think that I've had a good year. Not great, but not bad either. I believe that I started to peak and we really started to come together and gel as we got towards the end of the year. I've had to take on a different role this year with being more of a leader with my play and vocally. Last year we had Jason Clark, who is now at Georgetown. When you lose him you lose a lot and I had to step up. Now when I walk out on the court I know that I have to compete and do my best to help my team.

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One thing that you have to do is win the Catholic League tournament championship, the state championship or the Alhambra tournament. I want to come in as a senior and sweep all three of them. My sophomore year we lost in three championship games - twice to Gonzaga and once to Benedictine with Ed Davis. This year was kind of disappointing so I want to make up for it next year.


My thing is just competing against the best whenever possible. You read about these kids from across the country all winter long and you see who makes the McDonald's All-American game and you want to do that as well. The main thing for me is going to be the camps and playing against the best and motivating myself to do the best. Whoever comes at me, I welcome all challenges.

Of course the camps like LeBron and Deron Williams, and of course the NBA Camp, are big on the schedule. Also, I look forward to the Peach Jam because that's all of the best Nike teams. Then of course you've got the Boo Williams tournament which is our home tournament. We've been fortunate enough to win the last two of them and want to do it again

Once I committed to Carolina it was always: "That's the kid going to Carolina, is he good enough to play there?" I always have to deal with that. But other than that, it's just the game of basketball. I still have to compete on the court and hopefully come out and take care of businesses.

You get on the Internet sometimes and you hear rumors and you see criticism. I think I've done a pretty good job of not listening to the critics. I use what I have to from it and just move on and play. I think this year with Reggie Bullock, Andre Dawkins, Travis McKie and James McAdoo playing with me on Boo Williams I won't have to worry about much focus on me and what I'm doing. We know that we've got to go out and win some tournaments.

-- Kendall

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