Devyn Marble came to Iowa City as a thin, relatively raw 17-year old in 2010. But Iowa fans witnessed first hand the growth Marble was able to sustain annually. And the son of former Hawkeye great Roy Marble eventually blossomed into one of the finest players the Iowa program has ever had.
After four years of Big Ten battle-testing and a wealth of individual success, the Southfield, Mich. native has a chance to be selected in the NBA Draft.
Marble certiainly proved himself in one of the nation's best (if not the best) basketball conference in the country. During his senior season, he averaged 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals -- and earned an All-Big Ten first team selection.
But what should the team that selects him expect out of the 21-year old?
What's clear about Marble's game is he's not afraid to create his own shot. On a consistent basis, Iowa's offense would grow stagnant from a lack of movement and rotating, forcing Marble to find a open area on his own.
This hurt Marble's performance and eventual stat line on an efficiency level. But the professional team that gives him a look should expect to see an above-average offensive IQ.
On defense, Marble is incredibly underrated. His length (6-foot-6) gives him the unique ability to guard multiple positions at a high level. He has expereince playing both guard positions, and at times showed plus-skill defending the opponent at both those spots. In addition, the aforementioned length could lead some teams to believe in his ability guarding small forwards.
That is a relatively unproven facet of Marble's defensive ability. But the potential of that versatility certainly won't hurt his stock.
Marble's shooting technique could use some work. He elevates well, leading to a high release point. But there's a flare in his off-hand elbow could eventually cause issues for his shot against better and faster competition, because it makes it difficult for a shooter to repeat a shooting technique consistently.
There is enough in Marble's game to warrant a pick, most likely in the second round. It's not yet known whether or not he possesses enough talent to stick in the league for a long time. But, as previously stated, he'll be given a shot. And if Marble can seize that opportunity, his game definitely offers a significant amount of value.