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Anthony Marshall’s pro career journey to start at Portsmouth Invitational

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UNLV guard Anthony Marshall pounds the court during their Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game against New Mexico Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. New Mexico won 63-56.

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 »

UNLV senior guard Anthony Marshall has accepted an invitation to play in the Portsmouth Invitational from April 10-13 in Virginia, Rebels coach Dave Rice said Friday.

The event is a chance for college seniors who aren’t NBA locks to play a few games in front of several scouts. Last year, UNLV’s Chace Stanback and Oscar Bellfield both played in the event. Bellfield would go on to spend time in the New York Knicks’ training camp and their NBA Developmental League team, the Erie BayHawks, until he was dropped in December. Coincidentally, the BayHawks picked up Stanback earlier this month.

Marshall is one of 64 players invited to the tournament. The rosters aren’t announced until April 5, but it’s very possible he could be joined by fellow local high school grads Pierre Jackson (Desert Pines/Baylor) and Elijah Johnson (Cheyenne/Kansas).

So far there are only five players confirmed for the event: Mark Lyons (Arizona), Travis Releford (Kansas), Jordan Hulls (Indiana), Stan Okoye (VMI) and Maurice Kemp (East Carolina).

Marshall, who this season was second-team all-Mountain West and named to the all-defensive team, averaged 10.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. For his career, Marshall averaged 9.4 points, 4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

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  1. Why is AM not expected to get drafted? What has he done wrong? Do scout really how much he's improved over his 4 years? Do they know what UNLV is without AM?

  2. @YE - He's not a true point guard, he's too small to play the two, he's not a great ball handler, he can't create off the dribble. He was a nice college player, but he's a longshot to play in the NBA in my opinion.

  3. I know, it just is odd to see our most valuable player on our team not be NBA bound yet AB is a lottery pick.

  4. @YE - Anthony Bennett's game translates better to the NBA. I think that Marshall will have a good career somewhere, probably in Europe. He'll probably get invited to the NBA Summer League here in Las Vegas, and he might even see time in the D League.

  5. I hope someone see's his potential. He has evolved his game throughout the years, from an out of control player to a better ball handler and shooter. He only had this year to be a true PG and he did well for someone with not a lot of experience.

  6. Best of success to Anthony. I enjoyed watching him play for UNLV. He always gave 100%. This season he was willing to play out of position as a way to help the team.

    I think Anthony can have a nice pro career. May never make it to the NBA, but he likely be a solid player for many pro teams in other countries, and might even get a chance to play here in the USA in the D-League.

    Go get em Anthony!!!!!

  7. AM is NBA material. The jump shot has improved, and he;s developed a very good handle and can post up or shoot it outside. GL in Portsmouth, Anthony, have fun

  8. Good luck to AM. I had a great time meeting and watching him play over the last few years. Hopefully he can land somewhere where he's happy and making a living doing what he wants after school.

  9. Yes, AM has a legit shot. He can create his own shot, can finish at the rim, has improved dramatically from the perimeter, has solid handles, makes good interior passes, and excels in a half court game. He's got an NBA body & is a great defender too. He does lack full court vision though & is weak in transition decision making....and those are big deals....but his skill set in the half court, with the right team, could get him a shot somewhere. He'd be a project but worth the investment imo.

  10. Good for Anthony Marshall