April 19, 2010

Marble sticking with Iowa

On Friday afternoon, Coach Fran McCaffery and assistant coach Andrew Francis had an important lunch date in Michigan. That date was with 2010 signee Devyn Marble, who was the last of the four signed recruits that he had to visit. The son of former Hawkeye Roy Marble was sold on his new coach almost immediately and that is good news for the Iowa Basketball program.

"I'm sticking with the Hawkeyes," Marble said on Sunday afternoon. "Coach McCaffery was happy to hear that news."

The 6-foot-5 guard and his mother met his future coach for the first time on Friday afternoon and he was sold right out of the gate on his new coach.

"I really enjoyed having lunch with him and Coach Francis on Friday. My mom was there with me and we had a good visit. I told him I can't wait to get down there."

The lunch conversation covered a wide range of topics, from playing in the Prime Time League this summer, to taking classes this summer, and what he knows about Marble's strengths as a basketball player.

"We covered a lot of topics," Marble said. "We talked about playing in the PTL and he said he wants me to play this summer, which I was excited about. He also talked about the transition to Iowa and how it has been tough being away from his family."

"He said he has been talking to a lot of people about me. He hasn't seen me play, but he heard a lot of good things about me as a player and was excited to have me in the program. He said he can't wait to get me on campus."

The conversation also turned to fellow 2010 recruits Ben Brust and Cody Larson opening up their recruitment in the past two weeks. Marble and the rest of the class have a close bond, but he understands they had to make their own decisions.

"He didn't say much about them other than they wanted to see what else was out there and that he was going to continue to recruit them to come to Iowa with me," he said. "Cody's decision wasn't really a surprise because after coach was let go he talked about. Ben really loved the coaching staff, like all of us did. I think it really hurt him that Coach Lickliter and his staff were let go. Coach McCaffery says that he hopes they still come back and I hope so too."

During this whole transition, Marble also leaned on his father for advice. After his freshman season at Iowa, Marble Sr. faced his own transition to a new coach. He preached to his son to be patient and that is exactly what he did.

"He kept telling me to be patient and make sure it was ok and it turned out ok for me."

This coming Saturday, Marble will conclude his high school career by playing in the Michigan High School All Star game.

"I'm really excited about it," he said. "This will be my last opportunity to play with the guys from Michigan before college and I am l looking forward to it."

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