UNLV BASKETBALL:

Marshall returns to Orleans Arena with fond memories of state title game

UNLV freshman guard starred at Orleans as a sophomore at Mojave High

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UNLV’s Anthony Marshall drives past Kendal Brown-Surles during the first half against Southern Illinois at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday.

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Previewing UNLV vs. K-State with Austin Meek from the Topeka Capital-Journal

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Ryan Greene is joined by Austin Meek, who covers Kansas State for the Topeka Capital-Journal, to preview Saturday's matchup between No. 18 UNLV (7-0) and Kansas State (8-1). The contest tips at 4 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.

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Anthony Marshall dribbles up the court last winter during his senior year at Mojave High in North Las Vegas. Marshall was the state's Gatorade Player of the Year.

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall remembers the ball leaving his hand. Some three years later, the near half-court heave still looks like it could have found the bottom of the net.

Following a Wednesday afternoon practice with the Rebels at the Orleans Arena, the freshman from Mojave High in North Las Vegas was able to point to the exact spot on the court at the facility where he attempted his desperation shot in the final seconds of the 2007 state championship game.

It was a moment basketball dreams are made of — well, sort of.

Unfortunately for Marshall, who then was an up-and-coming sophomore for the Rattlers, his attempt hit the basket's front iron and fell helplessly to the ground.

"It felt good when it left my hand," Marshall said. "It was like everything was in slow motion like in the movies."

But the happy ending went to Northern Nevada's Galena High in a 54-51 victory for the large-school crown.

Despite the outcome, Marshall stole part of the spotlight in scoring 14 points in the second half and finishing with 18. He connected on a 3-pointer with three minutes to play, giving Mojave a two-point lead, but the Rattlers didn't score the rest of the game.

He'll return to the Orleans Arena on Saturday when UNLV hosts Kansas State at 4 p.m. Taking jumps shots Wednesday after practice at the facility, Marshall appeared to have the same touch he had during the state tournament — the left-hander with a smooth shooting stroke connected on several baskets in succession like he was slicing through Galena's defense.

"It was the last game of the year and nobody wants to lose that last game," Marshall said. "I guess you could say I didn't like that feeling."

Marshall followed the performance by shining on the summer circuit with the Las Vegas Prospects and instantly becoming a can't-miss college prospect. Recruiting Web site Rivals.com listed him as the No. 66 prospect in the country and rated him a four-star recruit in its five-star system.

"He does a little bit of everything," Prospects coach Anthony Brown said. "He's just an all-round good player who does the stuff to help you win."

Marshall's breakthrough game that summer was against perennial AAU power Pump N' Run. Brown said Marshall scored 30 points while being guarded by Jrue Holiday, who is now with the Philadelphia 76ers.

"That's when the light switched on that this kid was going to be all right," Brown said.

Seven games into his college career with UNLV, Marshall is averaging 4.7 points in 16.3 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 14 points against Holy Cross on Nov. 25 and had five points last Saturday in a 66-63 come-from-behind win against Santa Clara.

"He is doing a tremendous job for us," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "He was very well-coached in high school and came to us well prepared."

Marshall, who has played both guard positions for the Rebels, knows there is plenty of room for improvement. He is only shooting 38 percent and has misfired on all nine of the 3-pointers he has taken.

"I'm never satisfied," he said. "I'm working on all areas of my game to be the total package."

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected].

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  1. Anthony Marshall

    In 2 seaons-the star of the Rebels. He will be all-conference and will be dominating!!!!

    For now-the sixth man defensive stopper

  2. Just give Marshall a little time to gain experience and he will be a force to be reconed with.

  3. I was @ that game against Galena. Nobody could stop Luke Babbit(UNR). I was shockd to hear he was a sophmore because he wasn't playing like one for a state title game. Very poised. I'm with rebelsfan11, him & hawkins will be the face of this team.

  4. lol.... chopper is the sixth man. oh boy.

  5. Marshall is a silky smooth player. He just seems so comfortable with the ball in his hands. Next year this team is going to be so deep it is going to be hard to split up playing time evenly. Marshall and Hawkins are progressing every game and they will continue to grow through out the season.

    Lon is going to have a tough job on his hands over the next few years trying to juggle all this talent. I cant imagine if we get CJ and Pollee too. Our depth would be to much for its own good.

  6. if we got CJ & Polee, I think it would be very tough. IMO, I think Shaw should transfer (or see a HUGE hit in mins) if that happens to give Polee PT, if not then Polee needs to redshirt.

    CJ will probably be 6th man or start over Oscar and Oscar becomes 6th man.

    It would be tough. Players would have to work their asses off to get a starting spot. That would be a good challenge even for Tre and healthy competition isn't always bad..

  7. Shaw isn't going to transfer his senior year.

  8. Im just throwing stuff out there. Not saying it'll happen. I just am baffled as to how all the guys would get PT if we got CJ and Polee. That is a slim chance, but it would be crazy! My guess is someone redshirts that we wouldn't expect. Maybe Brice does what Joel Anthony did (redshirt after his sophomore yr) to get a little better for his last 2 yrs cause he has some real potential