Naji Marshall Reportedly Signs 2-Way Pelicans Contract as Undrafted Free Agent

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 20, 2020

Xavier forward Naji Marshall reacts after tying the score during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against DePaul in the first round of the Big East men's tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in New York. DePaul won Xavier 71–67. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Xavier forward Naji Marshall, who made the All-Big East First Team last year, will play pro ball for the New Orleans Pelicans after agreeing to a two-way contract, per Matt Babcock of Babcock Hoops.

The Xavier men's basketball account confirmed the news as well: 

Marshall averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Musketeers last year.


Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

PlayerNaji Marshall

Position: SF

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 220

Pro ComparisonDeAndre' Bembry

Scouting ReportOne of our favorite draft sleepers, Marshall slowly climbed the board with his playmaking for a wing and defense. At 6'7", he can be used to create in pick-and-rolls and guard positions 1-3. Shooting is a big swing skill, but he's capable from three with room to keep improving.


Pelicans Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

Eric Bledsoe, PG: $17.5M (2023)

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JJ Redick, SG: $13.3M (2021)

Zion Williamson, PF: $10M (2023)

George Hill, PG: $9.6M (2022)

Lonzo Ball, PG: $8.4M (2021)

Darius Miller, SF: $7.1M (2021)

Jaxson Hayes, C: $5M (2023)

Nicolo Melli, PF: $4M (2021)

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG: $3M (2023)

Josh Hart, SG: $2.2M (2021)

Kira Lewis, Jr.: Rookie scale contract (2024)

Naji Marshall, SF


Free Agents

Derrick Favors, PF: UFA

E'Twaun Moore, SG: UFA

Brandon Ingram, SF: RFA

Jahlil Okafor, C: UFA

Frank Jackson, PG: RFA

Kenrich Williams, SF: RFA

Joshia Gray, G: RFA

Zylan Cheatham, SF: RFA

Sindarius Thornwell, SG: UFA


Marshall joins a young and rebuilding team centered around emerging superstar forward Zion Williamson.

The ex-Xavier star could find himself carving out some early playing time for the Pels as a backup forward in the rotation. That playing time may not come right away with the season starting soon on Dec. 22, but Marshall could see opportunities as the year progresses.

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