June 18, 2009

Marble Jr. gets Iowa offer

When you are the son of a legendary player at any school, sometimes it leads a prospect to shy away from following in your father's footsteps. That isn't the case with Roy Marble Jr., who is on an unofficial visit to Iowa and picked up an offer from the Hawkeyes this afternoon.

"The visit has been great so far," Marble Jr. said on Wednesday evening. "I got to see the basketball offices, the arena, and the locker room area. Really all the basketball facilities. Tomorrow I am going to see more of the campus."

Marble Jr. is on the visit with his mother, who also sat down the Head Coach Todd Lickliter this afternoon when he extended the scholarship offer.

"He told me that I had an offer and that he wants guys who want to be in the gym a lot to help build the program. I like to be in the gym, so that was something I liked hearing."

In addition to Iowa, he now holds scholarship offers from Providence, Buffalo, Detroit, and Fairfield. He has been getting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Oregon State, Dayton, Duquesne, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Holy Cross, Miami, OH, and Murray State.

While he was at Carver-Hawkeye, he got to meet some of the current Iowa players and observe them working out.

"The guys on the team were really cool and they were really working hard today. Even the freshmen were in there working hard today," he said.

Like his father, Marble Jr. is a high scoring prep player out of Michigan. This past year, he averaged 22 points and 9 rebounds a game at Lathrup High School in Southfield, Michigan. After his day on the Iowa campus, Marble Jr. and his father, headed to North Liberty and watched the Hawkeyes in action in the Prime Time League. The young Marble isn't shying away from Iowa because of his father's Hawkeye career.

"I know a lot of people think that it would be a lot of pressure for me if I come to Iowa, but it doesn't bother me at all," he said.

On Thursday he will continue his visit to the Iowa campus and then head back home to Michigan. In July, he will be on the road with his AAU team, The Family.

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