I love Kendall Marshall. He's probably my favorite prospect in the draft. On most days, I'm trying to convince people of why my Utah Jazz should trade up solely so they can get their hands on the North Carolina point guard.
If you don't already believe what he can do for a team on the next level, look at what happened once Marshall went down with a wrist injury in the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina just wasn't the same team without him. He was the vocal leader, the floor general and the guy who created everything for that elite college team. They looked lost without him (that was especially true of Harrison Barnes).
One day, he'll do the same for whatever team drafts him. While I envision him taking the reigns from either Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns or Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks, it may take him a little while to get going.
But his passing comes across as natural and teams should be salivating over selecting him in this year's draft. For some reason, they are not. I don't know whether it's his recent wrist injury or the bigger hype for his teammates Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and John Henson, but it certainly isn't something that should be happening. Marshall deserves much more attention than he is getting.
According to hoopsworld.com:
The one thing that Marshall exudes is a confidence in who and what he is as a player. It’s all too common in the draft process for players to let their ego run away from them. Marshall comes off surprisingly comfortable with who and what he is as a player at the next level.
In the end, Marshall will have the better career and will transform a team in need of a point guard like him.
He's the next Mark Jackson.
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