Wayne Marshall, a beefy 6-9, 235 pound power forward/center from Martin Luther King H.S. in Philadelphia, Penn., is likely to stay in the city of Brotherly Love for his college experience.
Marshall, who had a terrific game on Sunday afternoon for the Philadelphia Phoenix club at the Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament in a semifinal round loss to Cecil Kirk's #1 squad, told Rivalshoops that he's considering LaSalle, Temple and UConn.
Both LaSalle and Temple, Atlantic 10 programs based in Philly, have offered scholarships, while UConn has phoned to express interest.
"LaSalle and Temple are my leaders, because I want to stay close to home," Marshall said. "I used to watch them when I was young, and I like the players that they have."
Marshall has scheduled an in-home visit with the Temple staff on Sept. 10, and also expects LaSalle to come to his home sometime next month as well. He's already had a chance to unofficially look at both schools, which is good, since he hasn't yet taken the SAT or ACT and can't make an official visit until a standardized test score posts.
Despite his deliberate gait up and down the court, Marshall is a skilled big man offensively who surprised us with his ability to put the ball on the floor and maneuver (footwork) to the hole.
Although he sometimes (ill-advisedly) floats out to the perimeter for midrange jump shots, Marshall has terrific hands (magnets) and is a great rebounder in the low post. He's also a physical defender who displays good form on his free throws.
Marshall said he's not sure if he will sign early or late, but we will keep you informed on his recruiting process. Stay tuned.