Roy Devyn Marble, 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Iowa
2013-14 stats: 17.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 42.0 FG%, 1.8 steals
The son of a former Hawkeyes star of the same name, Marble made his own name for himself during a distinguished four-year career that saw Iowa once again become a factor in the Big Ten after a down period. A big, versatile guard, Marble was a do-it-all player, excelling in several aspects of the game, while still managing to carry his team’s scoring burden. At the same time, Marble doesn’t necessarily stand out in any one area and as is the case with many college seniors, his long-term potential might not be as valued as younger, less-accomplished players.
Career highlights: As a freshman reserve, the Detroit-area native averaged 5.7 points per game, then broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore, posting averages of 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range, with his career-high 31-point effort in a season-ending NIT loss to Oregon highlighting his individual campaign. His junior year, Marble averaged an even 15 points, four rebounds and three assists per game, earning third team all-Big Ten honors and making the NIT’s all-tournament team after leading Iowa to the championship game. Marble’s senior year saw him continue to make gradual improvements, averaging 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game, being named a first team all-conference selection and leading Iowa to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, with games like his 30-point performance to beat Xavier and a 26-point outing to defeat Michigan standing out as some of his better games.
[NBA DRAFT PROFILE: Iowa's Devyn Marble]
Strengths: A well-rounded player, Marble is capable of functioning as a playmaker, scoring off the dribble, knocking down spot-up jumpers, posting up smaller guards, getting to the foul line and making plays in transition. His size and length makes him a solid defender and even with his slender frame, he’s an effective rebounder. Reliable with the ball in his hands and a good decision-maker, Marble is a calm presence with the ability to create for himself, the unselfishness to get his teammates involved and the leadership to take it upon himself to step up at big moments.
Weaknesses: After spending four years in college, Marble could still stand to get stronger, particularly because he’s not an especially explosive athlete. While he has decent quickness and can hit open shots, he thrives more on having a high skill level and knowledge of the game than superior pure talent or possessing a singular ability that can be considered elite. There will also be an adjustment process to not having to be his team’s focal point, as Marble will have to learn how to be more effective without having the ball in his hands as much.
Draft projection: Marble could be selected in the mid-to-late second round if a team values his all-around game, experience and consistent development in college, but even if he isn’t drafted, he’ll certainly get the chance to prove his worth in summer league. Wherever he lands, Marble should take great precaution to make sure his positive attributes are prized and in training camp, once again be willing to be a jack of all trades and if necessary, a specialist in one particular area, as either role could define his early professional career. There’s definitely a possibility he could start off in the D-League or overseas, but with his track record of work ethic, versatility and knack for scoring, Marble should eventually have the opportunity to show that he can be a serviceable backup role player.