March 16, 2010

Marble still on board?

Devyn Marble didn't have to look far this weekend to consult with someone who had gone through a coaching change early in his college career. His father, former Hawkeye Roy Marble Sr., was visiting with his son this weekend and provided a sounding board for him as he continued to hear the news that the coach he signed with back in November had been let go.

"My dad was here this weekend and we were hearing about what might happen. He just told that I needed to let the situation play out and to be patient," Marble said.

Marble's father was recruited to Iowa by George Raveling, who left for USC after his freshman year. He was then coached by Dr. Tom Davis for the remainder of his Hawkeye career and went on to be Iowa's all time leading scorer.

Patience was in short supply for Marble, who spent a lot of time speaking with fellow 2010 commits Cody Larson and Ben Brust in the past few days.

"We are friends and we are sticking together," he said. "I wish it would have been handled differently and I didn't think it was the right decision to make. I don't feel Coach Lickliter had enough time to develop his recruiting class."

But that decision was made on Monday morning, one day after Marble spoke with Coach Lickliter. After the decision was made, Marble says he heard from two of Iowa's assistant coaches and discussed his future.

"I talked to both Coach Cornette and Coach Jordan today and they said that they are still encouraging me to go to Iowa and honor my commitment."

As of now Marble plans on doing just that. The 6-foot-5 guard says his plan is to stick with the Hawkeyes and follow in his father's footsteps.

"I still want to come, but today has been a very frustrating day."

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