When it comes to my favorite UNC basketball players of the last decade, Kendall Marshall has to be in the top five for me even though he was only here for two short years and a wrist injury.
His court vision was unprecedented at the college level in this generation, his enthusiasm and leadership were unmatched on our team. He found a way to get everyone involved in the offense. Imagine him running the point for the 2012-2013 version of the heels.
Regardless, he left for the NBA this past summer and he is starting to become a valuable prospect in the Phoenix Suns organization. After a stint in the D-League for about two weeks, he has seen a significant increase in minutes. Of course, this could have something to do with the fact that the Suns have the worst record in the Western conference at 23-48. Regardless of why he is playing more minutes, he is.
Before we further discuss his NBA progress, let me show you what in my humble opinion, is his best pass at UNC: Here he is as a freshman playing against Florida State.
45-foot bounce passes being thrown as if it were no big deal. I mean, did you see the spin on that thing?
Now, onto the NBA. This season, Kendall is averaging 2.6 points per game along with 2.1 assists per game. But if we take a look at some of his more recent performances we can definitely see some improvements. Against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 18th, he recorded 11 points and 5 assists in 25 minutes of playing time. Against Houston on March 13th, he recorded 10 points and 6 assists to go along with 2 steals in 28 minutes of playing time.
More importantly, if you have not already seen his most recent highlight, then watch this absolutely stunning backdoor pass to Jared Dudley about two weeks ago against Houston (make sure to watch the entire video and see the pass from a reverse angle, do you notice anything?)
Yeah, that pass went through the legs of Omar Asik, so that’s pretty cool I guess. So, Kendall is doing pretty well in the NBA. He is playing much more and much better in March than he was in November. This does not mean that I am not sad he does not reside in Chapel Hill still, but I am happy for his prospect of future success.
At least there are some Tar Heel players still playing in March….. (Too soon?)