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Countdown to tip-off: Marshall looking for exclamation point to UNLV career

The week leading up to UNLV’s first regular season game, the Sun will highlight one Rebel each day. Today: senior Anthony Marshall

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Anthony Marshall

UNLV Runnin' Rebel Anthony Marshall

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall drives to the basket against New Mexico during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 80-63. Launch slideshow »

This is the season Anthony Marshall has worked for the past several years. The hometown kid is leading a powerful team with a chance to make a deep NCAA Tournament run and bring back the aura not felt in this city for 20 years.

Far too often last season, especially as the team crumbled down the stretch, Marshall took the weight of the defeats on his shoulders. He often was the guy with the ball in his hands at the end of close games, and when it didn’t turn out well, he was reticent to share responsibility.

Now that he’s moving over to be the primary point guard, Marshall still is going to have the ball in his hands. However, considering the weapons around him, the task often should be to find the open man rather than take the last shot. Those around him are confident he can be the leader this team needs him to be.

Vitals

Ht	Wt	Yr	Pos.	Major

6-3	200	Sr	PG	Interdisciplinary Studies

How he got to UNLV

Marshall was one of three guards then-coach Lon Kruger was looking at for two spots. Fellow senior Justin Hawkins was the first to commit, and Marshall took the other spot while the other target, fellow Las Vegas local Elijah Johnson, went to Kansas, where he’s a senior starter on a top-10 team.

Box score stats

Yr	GP-GS	Min	FG%	3FG%	FT%	Rbs	Ast	TO	Stl	Pts

11-12	34-33	32	43.8	25.6	71.8	5.1	154	103	52	12.2

10-11	33-27	26.6	47.1	20.3	70.3	4	99	55	42	9.7

09-10	34-11	19.1	44.4	4.3	54.8	3.1	58	58	44	5.3

Advanced stats (via kenpom.com)

Yr	%Min	ORtg	eFG%	%Poss	%Shots	TS%	OR%	DR%	ARate	TORate

11-12	76.4	101.1	47	23.7	20.1	52.6	4.1	13.6	26.5	22.9

10-11	66.3	107.5	49.6	21	19.7	54.2	4.8	12.9	22.2	17.6

09-10	47.4	85.2	44.8	20.5	17.5	46.8	4.3	14.9	16.4	25.6

What they’re saying

"(Oscar Bellfield) was a steady point guard who averaged 5.4 assists, and his absence will likely require Anthony Marshall to be more of a primary ball-handler. Can Marshall handle those duties? Yes, I think so."

CBS Sports

"He’s a veteran guard being asked to play the role of facilitating point guard when it’s not exactly his strong suit. There is a lot of talent on the UNLV roster, and Marshall is the guy that can bring it all together."

NBC Sports

"If the Rebels are going to live up to billing, to have their reality be as good or better than the anticipation, then another S-word will have to be present throughout the campaign. That word is steady, and it begins with Anthony Marshall, who is transitioning from a combo guard role to be the team's primary ball-handler. It will be his job to orchestrate all the fun, new pieces and also set an example for the freshmen who will back him up in the Rebels' full-throttle system."

Sports Illustrated

Rice’s take

“Anthony’s extremely important to our team. He’ll be our starting point guard, and he’s worked so hard on being a distributor, but at the same time, he’s extremely versatile and does a lot of things for us.”

In his own words

“I don’t want to take any days off where I go home and look back and wish I had gone a little bit harder. I’m going to give everything I have.”

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. I think we will go as far as Marshall takes us. I believe we can go far. Have a great senior year and maybe, just maybe, a season to remember. Go REBELS!!

  2. They'll be some hiccups hopefully those come early in the season and he settles down early in the conference season.

  3. LOL jpcortez, are you really serious? This will be a season to remember, but not what your thinking of. UNLV needs to stop that run & gun game, it isn't working for them. UNLV does not have the pure shooters to play a run & gun game. Mr. Rice needs to go back to playing smart, basic fundamental basketball. If you get a chance watch Indiana University play. Go Hoosiers !!!

  4. I love Marshall......but he is NOT a point guard.....he frequently drives as hard s he cn and either gets a great dunk, or a charge. Anthony, if your listening, please work on learning how to pull up on a dime when driving to keep the defense honest....have to keep your dribble......good luck!!