In the Big Ten, it’s easy to get overlooked because year after year the conference produces great players such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Chris Weber, Trey Burke, Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Evan Turner and many more. Then there are plenty of talented players in the Big Ten right now such as Aaron Craft, Glenn Robinson III, Keith Appling and many more. However, there is one player that college basketball fans need to wake up and watch to this season and that player is Iowa senior Roy Devyn Marble.
For those who don’t know, he is the son of Flint Beecher product Roy Marble. Most of you remember him from his college days, when he played four seasons at the University of Iowa (1985–1989). While at Iowa, he was a three-time all-Big Ten performer, Iowa MVP, and Hawkeyes’ all-time leading scorer. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft. He also spent a short time with Denver Nuggets during 1993 and also played in the CBA and Canada.
Now when it comes to his son, Roy Devyn Marble, I must say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. While at Southfield Lathrup High School (Mich.), Devyn was a two-time team MVP, averaging 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals a game during his senior year. He was also named to the 2010 Oakland County Dream Team along with many other accolades.
In his senior season at Lathrup he decided to take his talents to Iowa and so far at Iowa he has shown that he has the potential to be a force. Devyn is truly a good all around player, who just doesn’t get enough credit. Last season as a junior he averaged 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal per game.
When it comes to Devyn you’re talking about smooth player, he first has a nice long frame seeing that he is 6’6 which makes him threat on both sides of the ball. He is a solid scorer. He has the ability to split defenders and get into the lane, he may be thin but he still has shown the ability to finish at the rim. He shoots consistently from mid-range and is able to create space for himself with his dribble. He’s made some really big shots so far in his career and has made it very clear that he is not afraid to take a big shot
From a passing stand-point, he is very underrated. He is a creator, he may not be a true point guard but the skill set is there and so is the mentality. He has an impressive basketball IQ and has shown good vision and excellent instincts when passing the ball. He understands what passes to make and how to make the right pass without hesitation.
He enters his senior season ranked 28th in Iowa career scoring with 1,134 points. He and his father Roy Marble are the only father/son duo in the Big Ten to eclipse 1,000 career points at the same school. Going into this season, he is the unquestioned leader and I have no doubt that Marble has high expectations for his team and himself. He is expected to start at point guard this season, which will open the door for him to be the main creator for this team, a role he is more than capable of handling.
This is the year for him to show NBA scouts what he is really capable of. While there is no doubt that Devyn is a good all-around player, many scouts would love to see him become that dominant player that he was in the NIT last season. Some feel he lacks explosiveness but as I mentioned earlier, he is a smooth scorer who has the ability to slash and finish as the rim along with a great mid-range game. I look for him to improve his three-point shooting this season and as I mentioned earlier, show scouts that he can be a potential combo-guard at the next level.
He has already established himself as a player to watch in the Big Ten this season just as he did last year, so I’m telling you ahead of time to watch this young man this season along with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Honestly, Iowa could be one of the Top Five teams in the Big Ten this season and might even make the NCAA Tournament this season, you just have to watch to find out.
Written by LBeasley, Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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