Finally, rounding out my season review’s is Hawkeye graduate and first team All-Big Ten selection, Roy Devyn Marble. The senior’s numbers increased from his freshman to his senior season. He led the Hawkeyes in a couple categories; most notably was the scoring category. Marble averaged 17 points per game this season on 42% shooting. He also led the Hawkeyes in steals per game with 1.8.
The Good: Marble gave the Hawkeyes a consistent scoring option that I don’t think they’ll have next year. During the Big Ten conference season he scored in double figures in 17 of 18 games. The only exception was senior night against Illinois. Weird, I know. He finished the season well, scoring 20 or more points in 7 of the final 10 games of the regular season. Marble was also one of the better defenders for the Hawkeyes.
The Bad: At certain points Marble would become a black hole when you just knew that he was going to shoot it while he was dribbling down the court. There were points where he could’ve passed up some shots and probably found a better one, but he was the guy for Fran and had the green light whenever. He was the guy that Iowa would count on for late game heroics, but never really gave Iowa anything at the end of games when they needed it. Most notably was the missed 7 footer against Michigan State at home that would’ve given Iowa the win.
Final Grade: B+
Even with the bad stuff, Marble was still a first team All-Big Ten selection. He was among the leaders in scoring in the Big Ten and Iowa doesn’t win 20 games without him. It’ll be interesting to see where Iowa goes with scoring next year without the consistency of Marble being there. He’s likely a second round draft selection and I wish Devyn the best as he moves forward.