April 28, 2009

Lickliter close to offering a legacy?

It's been 20 years since Roy Marble wore an Iowa uniform, but Coach Todd Lickliter and his staff seem to be warming up to the idea of another Marble joining the Hawkeyes in 2010. This past season, Roy Marble Jr. raised his recruiting profile and the Iowa coaches have taken notice.

Last week, they took their interest to a higher level by giving the 6-foot-5 Iowa legacy an offer with strings attached.

"I talked to Coach Jordan and he said that they want to get me to visit there and then they would likely offer me. He said that Coach Lickliter wanted to meet with me first," said Marble Jr. "It is exciting, but I just try to stay humble. I just have to keep working and try to get other offers."

Marble Jr., who averaged 23 points a game this past season at Lathrup High School in Southfield, MI, including a 35 point game against highly rated Country Day High School this past season, plans to visit Iowa in June during a break in his AAU schedule.

Like his father, Marble Jr. stands 6-foot-5, but he has a different style to his game.

"I watch his games when they are on the Big Ten Network and I go to my grandparents and grab his old game tapes and watch them all the time. He is a more explosive player than I am. He is more of a dunker. I am more of a slasher who can score and shoot it from three."

One thing that he does feel is an immediate acceptance from Iowa fans because of the success that his father enjoyed as a Hawkeye player in the 80's.

"I feel welcome when I come to Iowa. Everyone knows my dad and the people are always very nice to me and excited to see me and they say they want to see another Marble at Iowa," he said.

Iowa isn't alone is pursuing the 2010 prospect. During the recent recruiting period, Marble says that Providence, Michigan State, Buffalo, University of Detroit, Duquesne and others visited his high school for open gyms. Marble Jr. says that he plans to make an unofficial trip to Providence in May. The Friars are coached by Keno Davis, the son of his father's coach at Iowa, Dr. Tom Davis.

This spring and summer, Marble Jr. will be playing with one of the top AAU programs in the state of Michigan, The Family. He is currently nursing a strained hamstring and missed a tournament at the King James event this past weekend, but should be back in action in early May at a tournament in Minnesota hosted by Howard Pulley.

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