In his January entry, Marshall discusses his team's holiday tournament travels and UNC's recent recruiting success.
ON THE ROAD
We got to go over to Las Vegas for the Bishop Gorman Holiday Classic and it was a different style of ball on the West Coast. It’s a very fast paced game, there’s not as much defense. It was a different feel, but we played very well. Jason Clark and I made all-tournament and our center going to Harvard (Frank Ben-Eze) got the MVP.
Then we went down to the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach [S.C.] and that was also a great tournament. All the top teams in the country go there and we ended up beating two of them, but we lost to Wheeler [Ga.] High and got fifth place in that one.
All the travel definitely takes a lot out of you because you have to be physically prepared going into the high school season and our coach always does a great job doing that with us. We came out ready to play every game and it went well for us. The trips and the whole experience was great.
I started off the season very well, but lately I’ve kind of been in a shooting slump.
Right underneath the knee cap there’s a lot of pain there and I’m having to ice my knees after games and practices. I’m just trying to make the best of it. I’m hoping that’s a good thing and it means a couple more inches. I’ve heard at most 6-5. I’m 6-3, 170 now.
I think UNC’s recruiting success the last week has been great. The more the merrier. I trust Coach Roy and I know he’s getting the best players that will fit in our program. I know the Wear twins and John Henson have great size and they can all shoot the ball. Then with getting Reggie Bullock, he’s an extremely good shooter from what I’ve heard in my class. I haven’t gotten to see Reggie play, but my dad and Larry [Drew] have. I guess he played Larry’s team last month and played well. They said he’s pretty good.
It’s great to hear about it.
I started talking to the Wear twins a lot lately. I probably started talking to Reggie a week ago. It’s mostly with the ‘08 class, though, I talk to Ed [Davis] and Larry a lot. Of the other recruits, I mainly talk to Dexter [Strickland]. I’m really in Dexter’s ear and things sound good right now, so I’m hoping that it’ll be another pickup for us.
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