Marshall is an extremely long, lanky and athletic swingman from a small NCAA school who led his team into the NCAA tournament this year and gave his stock a tremendous boost in the process.
Physically, he has good size for the 2/3 position in the NBA at 6-7 and with a fantastic wingspan. He is a terrific athlete who possesses excellent quickness and body control and a very solid first step and vertical leap. In terms of raw tools, Marshall certainly fits the bill and has a big upside to improve.
Offensively, Marshall's team often relied almost exclusively on his ability to create his own shot from almost any situation. His ball-handling skills were good enough for the level he played at, and combined with his excellent first step he could get to the hole and finish strong simply by jumping off one foot and letting his length do the rest. He showed flashes of potential in terms of perimeter shooting as well, hitting 39 three pointers this year in 32 games and showing very nice elevation on his shot combined with a high release. He has shown a little bit of ability to hit shots off the dribble as well at times.
Marshall might be viewed by some teams as a potential hustle player who can bring a lot of energy off the bench with his raw athletic ability. He is a good rebounder because of his physical tools, and has the toughness and body control needed to take a hit at the basket and finish after contact.
He was somewhat of a positionless player at the NCAA level, roaming freely around the court (he is very quick off the ball) looking to create havoc and playing every position from the 1-4 for his team this year. The experience he received playing bringing the ball up the floor his Oakland at times undoubtedly helped his progression as a player.
Defensively, he has all the physical tools needed to lock down his man as a SG or SF, but wasn't allowed to fully show that this year because of the fact that his team played a lot of zone and they needed him to stay out of foul trouble at all costs. He still averaged just under 2 steals (he can be a terror in the passing lanes) and a block and a half per game.
Despite his age (as a fifth year senior), Marshall is a very raw prospect in almost all aspects of the game. Physically, he is very skinny still. In terms of skills, his ball-handling is good enough to get by people in the Mid-con, but because of how long his arms are he will need some serious work to be able to create shots for himself in the NBA. His overall basketball IQ is not extraordinarily high, as he gets caught doing things that many raw and inexperienced players are plagued with; picking up his dribble, running into brick walls (3.2 turnovers per game backs that up), killing his team's ball movement, gambling excessively for steals and blocks, over-penetrating and getting caught in no man's land, or taking bad shots out of the context of the offense.
This would not have been as obvious or extreme if he played for a better team that did not rely as heavily on him as they did, but its still an issue.
His perimeter shooting is also something that needs work, as he shot 29.5% from outside. Part of that has to due with the fact that his shot selection isn't always great.
Mentally, his focus isn't always there and he can be very streaky both from game to game and even within the game itself. He needs to learn how to play with the same energy and focus for an entire game, as right now he is excellent in spurts and then very passive in others. This might not be as much of an issue in the NBA, though, as not only will he mature with age but his role and minutes on the court will not be as big as they were in college.
Marshall started his NCAA career at Ball State University in 2000-01. He only played in 13 games and averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. After that season he decided to transfer to Oakland and redshirted a year because of that.
Over the last three seasons, Marshall played for Oakland in the Mid-Continent (Mid-con) conference, a fairly average mid-major conference whose best teams this year were Oral Roberts and UMKC. He made an immediate impact as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 18 points, 6 and a half rebounds, nearly 3 assists, 3 steals and a block and a half per game in 35 minutes of action. He came down to earth a bit as a junior, averaging 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2 assists in similar playing time.
This year, Oakland scheduled one of the toughest out of conference schedules of any team in the country, going up against Xavier, Illinois, Marquette, Texas A&M, Missouri and others. They started off the season 0-7, with Marshall putting up decent numbers on poor percentages against these teams. Despite going into their conference tournament with a 7-18 record, they won five straight games to miraculously secure themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament, with the last three wins coming by a combined 8 points. Their improbable run continued after beating Alabama State in the play-in game (where Marshall was extremely impressive on national television), and Oakland became the toast of the national media. They were matched up with eventual national champions North Carolina in the first round of the tournament, and were handedly dismissed 96-68. Marshall had 16 points and 5 rebounds on 5-17 shooting. On the year he finished up with 20 points per game, nearly 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block and a half on 44% shooting from the field.
Marshall is really a beauty in the eye of the beholder type prospect, whose range is most likely somewhere in the 2nd round if he'll be drafted. He has all the physical tools needed to make it in the league, but will probably need to sit for a year or two in a system and be worked with before he'll be able to become a solid rotation player.
He was invited, but at the last minute declined his invite to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which came as a surprise to some. Logic says he's sparked enough intrigue to garner an invite to Chicago, but that decision is now in the hands of NBA teams and the committee.
Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year, first team All-Mid-Con pick, and the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. First team All-Mid-Con, and the top scorer in the conference in 2005. Also finished among the top-10 in the Mid-Con in rebounding (5th), steals (4th), and blocked shots (3rd).
Born in Guyana.
Graduated salutatorian of his high school senior class.