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Kendall Marshall

Scouting Report

A natural point guard who maximized the considerable talent around him at North Carolina, Marshall should be able to thrive in a similar situation in the NBA. He's not much of a scorer on his own, but he set an ACC single-season record with 9.8 assists per game as a sophomore in 2011-12 while leading the nation with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. His brilliant campaign was cut short by a broken wrist in the Tar Heels' second NCAA tournament game against Creighton, but that didn't stop him from winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard and declaring for the draft. Marshall's injury was especially disappointing in the midst of a brilliant March, during which he posted five double-doubles in six games while averaging 14.8 points on 58.3 percent shooting. That scoring surge may be encouraging to scouts, coming at the end of a season in which he averaged 8.1 points. Marshall attempted just 6.3 field goals per game, preferring to use his tremendous passing ability to create shots for the talented frontcourt of likely fellow first-round picks Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Although he lacks elite athleticism by NBA standards, he's an outstanding ball-handler with great vision and timing, making him an extremely efficient facilitator on offense. He also has good size for an NBA point guard, which should help him compensate against quicker players on the defensive end. Marshall's superior instincts alone may be enough to make him the first point guard off the board and a lottery pick, and he should get an immediate chance to help quarterback an NBA offense.

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