Although just a 2010 prospect, Kendall Marshall has been recognized as one of the top floor generals in his class for several years. Now the starting point guard for the 17-under Boo Williams travel squad and Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell High School has further accelerated his career by ending his recruitment.
After being recruited by nearly every school in the country, Marshall narrowed his school list to Georgetown, North Carolina, Villanova and Virginia before announcing his commitment to his longtime favorite school.
"It's a very big day," said Marshall, 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. "It's a dream come true to commit to North Carolina. It's one of those things you think and dream about, but then when it actually becomes a reality, it's unbelievable."
Although Marshall grew up a fan of North Carolina basketball, he said it wasn't a forgone conclusion he would be a Tar Heel.
"Before my visit to North Carolina, I was very interested in the other schools recruiting me," he said. "But after my visit I knew I wanted to go there. I didn't want to rush into a decision, though, so I waited a little while. Now I'm ready to let it known that I'm going to North Carolina."
Despite being a young prospect, Marshall has a maturity to his game well beyond his years. His sound decision making and ability to execute under pressure have already earned the trust of his future coach.
"Coach Williams said he loves the way I play and think on the court. He said even if I'm not as athletic as some of his past point guards, I can do the job of running his program. One of the big reasons I want to play for Coach Williams is that he let me know he trusts me with his program."
Kendall Marshall scouting report:
With a superb basketball IQ, Marshall plays with surprising poise and at a deceptive pace. He sets up for a burst that is just fast enough to beat his man and controlled enough for him to read the situation with precision. The lefty also has a more-than-reliable jumper and has a knack for delivering the pass with timing whether it is off his penetration in the half court or a pass up the court in transition. Improving his explosiveness and improving on the defensive side of the ball are his next challenges.