It’s about time.
After a seven year drought with no Hawkeyes being selected as first team all-conference players, Roy Devyn Marble has broken that spell. Adam Hulaska was the last Hawkeye to receive first team All-Big Ten honors and that was back in 2007; now Marble is selected in 2014.
Marble is coming off a season in which he was asked to carry the load for the Hawkeyes. Whether he did a good job of it is a debatable topic and I’m sure many people have different opinions on the topic. Marble led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 17 per game and was second to Mike Gesell in assists at 3.5 per game.
Marble was also consistently in passing lanes with his long arms, he averaged about two steals per game during the year. He almost always guarded the opponents’ best player, and was tough to handle from an opposing coaches perspective.
“He can hit that intermediate shot. He can hit a stepback. He can post a smaller guard. He’s so versatile. … I wouldn’t say he’s the level of (former national player of the year) Evan Turner, but he’s probably the closet thing to compare since Evan Turner was in our league.” – Matt Painter, thegazette.com
That’s quite the compliment considering how good Evan Turner was in the Big Ten.
Marble currently ranks 6th in scoring in Hawkeye history with 1,662 points and is 14 points away from passing Ronnie Lester for fifth; a number that should be reached on Thursday night against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Marble’s teammate, Aaron White, was selected to the third team by both the coaches and the media. White was second on the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game and led the Hawkeyes in rebounding with about 7 per game.
This dynamic duo will lead the Hawkeyes into the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night in the first round against the Northwestern Wildcats. This is a game that Hawkeyes need to have as their confidence could be wavering a little.