HS: Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell
AAU: Boo Williams
Class of 2010
The discussions regarding Marshall as a prospect began way before that, though, as Marshall was much ballyhooed before even playing so much as his first high school game. My first opportunity to watch Marshall came at the end of his freshman year when he was playing with his Boo Williams travel team at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville. Having heard and read about Marshall, I was curious to see him myself and observed at the time: "He has a great feel for the game, a super mid-range game he uses to score and he's already more than holding his own on the 17 U level." At the time, I rated him an Elite High Major prospect in the scouting report
While he isn't necessarily vocal, he's a natural leader who clearly puts the time in on his own to work on all areas of his game. He also has the ability to move from one play to the next. It's basketball and mistakes are going to be made, but Marshall doesn't let a few miscues ruin him for the rest of the game.
Although he wouldn't be characterized as a speed merchant, Marshall is quicker than given credit for. Also, his ability to advance the ball up the floor via pinpoint passes over long distances and the quickness with which he recognizes opportunities and makes quality decisions allows him to play "faster" than some might think his physical attributes would allow him to do.
In addition to improving his ability to slide on defense, Marshall's shooting remains a work in progress. Where he shot more of a set/push shot when he first broke onto the scene, he now shoots a much more structurally sound shot with excellent extension, arch, backspin and follow through. However, he'd still benefit from generating a little more explosion off the floor -- in particular on pull-up shots that he consistently sets up with clever dribble moves and simple ball fakes.
Given how much can change over time, it's A) impressive that he's retained his status as one of the top floor generals in the class of 2010 and B) done so without developing any kind of prima donna or Hollywood-type attitude along the way. His maturity, mental toughness and ability to balance his life on and off the floor should serve him well when he arrives in Chapel Hill for summer school a year from now to begin his career as a Tar Heel.
Scouting Report: Kendall Marshall
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