Having already been to Villanova, Georgetown and Duke, Kendall Marshall decided to make the driving from Arlington, Va. to Chapel Hill, N.C., to meet with the UNC staff and see the campus.
“[The visit] was great,” said Marshall, a standout at Arlington (Va.) Bishop O’Connell. “I got to spend some time with the coaches and tour the campus. I went to the football game with the players. It was a great experience.”
During the visit, Marshall got to spend some one-on-one time with Roy Williams. During their meeting the 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard received a scholarship offer.
“I got there Friday night and we spent the whole Saturday there,” he said. “Friday night when we sat down for the first time, we talked for about 20 or 30 minutes and then he brought [the offer] up and said he wanted me to come to North Carolina.”
“It went great,” Marshall continued. “He talked to me about the future of Carolina and where he thinks I’ll be able to fit in. He talked basketball with him me, as if I was one of his players and that was great to hear.”
To go with the North Carolina offer, Marshall has already gained scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Villanova, Georgetown, Virginia, Ohio State, Connecticut and Pittsburgh. With so many offers, Marshall said he could end his recruitment soon.
“I would like to get it done early, possibly before the basketball season starts,” Marshall said. “I’ve talked to a lot of coaches and I’ve gotten the information that I need to make a decision and that will probably come sooner rather than later.”
“There’s no need to lead any coaches on,” Kendall’s father, Dennis Marshall, said. “There’s no need to drag things out for no reason. He’s known the few schools that he’s liked for a very long time. There’s no need to prolong it if the schools he likes have offered him a scholarship already.”
The No. 6 ranked player in the 2010 class, who has a top five of North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown, Virginia and Villanova, will take at least two more visits before he makes his decision.
On September 15th he’ll head to Wake Forest for an unofficial visit during their Homecoming weekend. Then nearly a month later he plans to visit Duke, for the second time, on October 13th.
While the visits will certainly play a role in his final decision, his connection and feel for the coaching staffs will be the biggest factor.
“The biggest thing is the player/coach relationship,” Kendall said. “Especially with me being a point guard, the coaches have to trust you so they can put the ball in your hands. That’s one of the main things I’m looking for in a coach.”
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