Follow @LBeasley313 A lot of people are aware of Michigan Native and NBA Draft prospect James Young who played for the Kentucky Wildcats but I encourage you to not forget about Michigan’s other prized native and NBA Draft prospect Roy Devyn Marble of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
For those who don’t know, Marble is the son of Flint Beecher product Roy Marble. Most of you probably 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.), Marble 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 no one can deny that Marble did great things during his four years at Iowa.
As a junior at Iowa he averaged 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal per game. Then as a senior he elevated his game even more, as he led Iowa in scoring with 17 points per game while also averaging three rebounds and three assists per game. Marble finished second in scoring and was the first Big Ten player to finish his career with more than 1,650 points, 450 rebounds, 375 assists and 175 steals in the last 25 years. Marble, 21, was named first-team All-Big Ten in March and 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.
Since declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft, Marble, has spent the spring and the early parts of the summer on a whirlwind tour of NBA visits and workouts, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“He [Marble] attended the NBA scouting combine in Chicago and a pro day for himself and other Wasserman Media Group players in California. Since then he has had workouts in Detroit, San Antonio, Atlanta, Chicago and Milwaukee and has around 10 more planned. In fact, he has had to turn down NBA visits because his schedule is booked solid.” – Detroit Free Press
Most recently, Marble worked out for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets.
If you’re wondering, what is it about Marble that has NBA teams booking him left and right for workouts, he answer is simple; Marble is a talented and hard-working player and by drafting him a NBA team will automatically be making their team better.
To be honest, Marble could prove to be a great fit for his hometown team, the Detroit Pistons who he has already worked out with. Entering the draft, the Pistons will more than likely be looking to enhance the perimeter, starting with the shooting guard and small forward position. When it comes to Marble, you’re talking about smooth player. At 6-foot-6, he has a nice long frame 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.
There is no doubt in my mind that he could fit well with the Pistons. However, if he doesn’t get drafted by the Pistons there is no doubt that Marble will find a new home in the NBA. As I said earlier, Marble is a talented and hard-working player and by drafting him you are automatically making your team better. Regardless of where he is drafted, Marble will make some NBA team very happy.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit