February 21, 2010

Marble enjoying strong senior season

With just a couple of regular season games left in his senior season, Roy Marble Jr. had a couple of very important spectators in the crowd on Friday night when his team faced rival Oak Park. Coach Todd Lickliter and assistant coach LaVall Jordan were in the stands to check on the future Hawkeye.

"Coach Lickliter and Coach Jordan were at my game on Friday night. We beat Oak Park 67-64 and I ended up with 26 points," he said. "I struggled shooting wise at the beginning of the game and then I jammed my finger, so that didn't help. But, I started to attack the basket, so I just found ways to score."

It was a big win for Marble's Southfield-Latrup team as they moved into a tie for first place in their league with Southfield High School, who has defeated Lathrup twice earlier this year in close games. Lathrup will likely get a third crack at them in the second round of the district playoffs early next month.

In his senior season, Marble has been averaging around 25 points a game and dishing out seven assists while playing point guard. He said that the Iowa coaches were very happy with what they saw on Friday evening from his performance.

"I talked to Coach Lickliter and Coach Jordan after the game and it was great to visit with them. They said I played really well and they said they wished I could come with them to play against Northwestern next week," he said with a laugh.

There is a part of Marble that wishes he could already be with the Hawkeyes, but he and three other signed prospects have been keeping in touch on a regular basis about their senior seasons and how their future team has done this year.

"We all keep in touch on a regular basis by texting each other or sending each other notes on Facebook about how our seasons of going," Marble said. "We have been talking about the Iowa team as well and it has been fun watching them play. They are young and that is the reason they have struggled to put a series of wins together. But, they compete hard against every team that they play, no matter who it is."

Marble has played his entire senior season at point guard and with the recent departure of Anthony Tucker from the Iowa team; he could be seeing playing time at that position next season.

"I wasn't happy to see Tucker leave just because of playing time for me in the future. Tuck was a good friend of mine and I hung out with him a lot on my visit and I still talk to him today. As far as coming in and playing point guard next year, if it will help the team I will do it. I like playing the position and feel like I can help the team there next year."

Standing 6-foot-5 and playing point guard, there are obvious comparisons that can be made to what former Hawkeye Jake Kelly did at the position late last season and what Marble Jr. could do down the road.

"When I came down for my visit they showed me a highlight video of what they had as far as a vision for me at Iowa as a point guard and most of it was of Jake scoring off the high ball screen and things like that," Marble Jr. said."

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