Starting to Emerge from the Shadows

Moving all throughout the country, Milwaukee Pulaski guard Roy Marshall hasn't been able to get settled and find his rhythm ... until this season. Marshall is the driving force on the Rams and he is starting to gain high Division 1 interest.

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee City Conference is consistently the toughest and most competitive conference in the state. Outside of the conference itself, the City Conference often fields a number of teams ranked within the top ten teams in the state of Wisconsin.

Additionally, the City Conference is annually stocked with talented players, both known and unknown throughout state. Whether it was Danny McKeown and Ed Reed in 2009 or Demarcus Phillips in 2008, the City Conference seems to consistently have one ultra-talented senior flying under the radar. This year, it appears that player is Milwaukee Pulaski senior wing Roy Marshall.

Marshall is one of the top scorers in the state, checking in at 25.6 points per game and has Pulaski off to a 6-1 start. Against Milwaukee Pius in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, Marshall scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Rams to a 12-point victory.

A number of teams have expressed interest in the 6-5 guard including Marquette, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wichita State, Wisconsin, Indiana Hills Community College and Lee College as well as a plethora of junior colleges.

Marshall has remained unknown to many high school basketball fans given the constant motion he has experienced throughout his life.

"Well his first four years of high school he moved all over the United States,"said Pulaski Head Coach Billy Harris. "He lived in Arkansas, Mississippi, Illinois and Memphis. His parents have been moving all around trying to have stability so now he is staying with his uncle and his uncle is taking care of him and this is his first year that he has had stability."

Additionally, Marshall has not played a lot of basketball due to all of the moving he has done throughout high school, including attended both Milwaukee Custer and Bay View high schools, and he finally has a chance to prove what he is capable of doing on the court.

"It started last year when he came to me from Arkansas," commented Harris regarding the lack exposure Marshall has received. "He played in the last three games and so this is his first full year of basketball. He has always had the talent, he just hasn't had the home stability to get him to where he needs to be and now he has that and now he is playing at a high level and it couldn't happen to a better kid."

Despite possessing great individual talent, Marshall recognizes that in order to get to Madison this March, Pulaski must play team basketball.

"I feel we have a chance to go to state if we play as a team and do what we got to do and work hard everyday," Marshall told Badger Nation and that his focus is on winning rather than personal attention "I don't really talk about recruiting; I am focused on the season. I'll worry about that at the end of the season. (Pulaski's goal is) a state championship hopefully, get our school our first state championship. So yeah, get our team a ring."

Marshall critiqued both his own game and Pulaski's overall level of play as a team as well as shedding light on how he has taken his game to another level this year.

"Individual I need to work on better shot selection," he said. "I take a lot of shots, and I think I could take better shots and I get tired some times so I want to work on my wind. I put in the work all year and I want to be the best and to be the best, you got to do it all. As a team, we need to work on our defense and our rebounding, and definitely our defense."

Lastly, Coach Harris discussed the type of player Marshall is capable of becoming, especially if he is considering attending a prep school or a junior college to enhance his skills, and the level of commitment the young man has shown on the court and in the classroom.

"Roy is an exceptional athlete," said Harris. "I coached Dwight Buycks who signed here at Marquette. Roy isn't Buycks yet but he has the capability of being that type of player. This year he is a 3.2 student, he is going to his classes, we got after school study, he has been there everyday, he is the first one in practice everyday, and he just wants to get better each and every game."

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