Since 2000 only one Hawkeye basketball player has been selected in the NBA Draft and that was 7 years ago. A guy by the name of Adam Haluska was taken in the second round. Since then it has been nothing but crickets from the Iowa basketball program.
Well, this just might be the year an Iowa player is finally selected again.
Iowa shooting guard/point guard, Roy Devyn Marble, is the latest hopeful.
A native of Southfield, Michigan, Marble definitely has the height and the length to play at the next level. At 6’6″, he has the ability to disrupt players quite often. He consistently gets in passing lanes and alters shots from smaller guards. Currently he sits at 194 pounds, so he could benefit from adding some muscle mass.
Marble currently leads the Hawkeyes in points per game at 16. He also averages 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals a game for the 17th ranked Hawkeyes. He’s had stretches where he’s really carried Iowa this season, but then again he’s had stretches where he’s been wildly inconsistent going whole halves without scoring. Now, he’s come out in the second half and scored in double digits just about every time, but you’d like to see him become more balanced in that category.
He likely plays the wing in the NBA because I don’t know if he will be able to run the point for an NBA offense. His height and length better suit him playing the wing anyways.
Something teams will look at is his field goal and free throw percentage. Right now, Marble is shooting 42% from the field and 69% from the line. These numbers may worry some teams on draft night. However, Marble hasn’t been a great shooter during his whole time in a Hawkeye uniform. His highest percentage was 44% during his sophomore campaign. He does still find ways to be productive though.
It really startles me that his free throw percentage is down where it’s at, considering last year he shot 81% from the line.
There are only a couple things that really worry me with Marble. Sometimes he has a tendency to become a black hole with the basketball. For instance, he took 23 shots in the games against Xavier and Villanova and then 24 shots in the loss to Wisconsin about a month ago. He’s been better recently, but will shoot some shots that may be ill-advised.
The other thing is he sometimes struggles keeping his man in front of him. Smaller players will go around him with relative ease. Aaron Craft was a perfect example of that last Tuesday.
There are a lot of things that he does well though. In my opinion, Marble is one of the best finishers at the rim in college basketball, especially in transition. He absorbs contact well and knows what it takes to get a foul call. His length and athletic ability no doubt help him in this aspect of the game. As I mentioned earlier, he gets in passing lanes very well, also.
Currently, Walterfootball.com has Marble going 44th to the Washington Wizards. Draft Express has him going one slot ahead of that at number 43. I think that early to mid second round is a fair place for him to be selected.
If all goes well, Iowa should have their first draftee in the last 7 years.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.