Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Tulsa
After earning MVC Freshman of the Year laurels last season, Marcus Marshall looks to lead the Missouri State resurgence this season as one of the MVC's top guards and a primary on-court leader for the Bears.
2012-13 Played in 32 games as a true freshman, making 28 starts ... Became just the second MSU player (Blake Ahearn) to be named MVC Freshman of the Year ... Also claimed MVC All-Newcomer Team and All-Freshman Team honors ... Finished fifth in the league in FT% (.800), which also ranked 145th nationally ... In Valley games, he ranked 15th overall in scoring (11.6), 7th in minutes (33.4) and 8th in FT% (.795) ... Averaged 21.5 ppg in Valley Tournament in St. Louis ... Named CollegeSportsMadness.com MVC Freshman of the Year and CollegeHoopsDaily.com MVC Rookie of the Year ... Was also the top-scoring freshman in the MVC (11.1 ppg, 368) ... Scored 25 points on 13-of-16 FT's vs. Wichita State (3/8/13) in MVC Tournament quarterfinals ... Broke Blake Ahearn's MSU freshman scoring record (368 points) ... Made 27 straight FT's from 2/5/13 to 2/23/13 ... Had team-high 18 points in MVC Tournament win over SIU (3/7/13) ... Manufactured 11 points in home win over Bradley (3/2/13) with 7 rebounds and 5 assists .. Posted 11 points in come-from-behind win at Eastern Michigan (2/23/13) in BracketBusters ... Dropped career-high 25 points on visiting UNI (2/19/13) on 7-of-13 shooting and 9-for-9 at the line ... Produced 19 points in back-to-back games - a home win over Indiana State (2/12/13) and at No. 22 Wichita State (2/9/13) ... Was 7-for-7 at the line with his first block in win over Indiana State ... Posted third straight double-figure game with team-high 14 points in win over Evansville (2/2/13) ... Notched 10 points at No. 17/21 Creighton (1/30/13) ... Tallied 12 points in home win over Drake (1/27/13) ... Played 38 minutes vs. No. 20 Wichita State (1/23/13) ... Shared team-high scoring honors with 13 points and season-high 5 assists at Bradley (1/19/13) ... Tallied 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in home win over Illinois State (1/8/13) ... Contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds with team-high 4 assists in win at Drake (1/5/13) ... Dropped 11 points on Southern Illinois (12/30/12) in MVC debut with game-high 6 rebounds ... Named runner-up for the StatSheet.com Missouri Valley Freshman of the Week on 12/24/12 ... Had 7 points and team-high 7 rebounds at New Mexico State (12/22/12) ... Shared game-high honors with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with a pair of treys and 4 rebounds at Alabama A&M (12/18/12) ... Registered a team-high 14-points against Valparaiso (12/15/12) on 6-of-10 shooting and 2-of-2 from 3-pt. range and game-high 4 assists ... Earned his second MSU Coors Player of the Week Award for Valparaiso game ... Had 9 points behind a 7-for-10 effort at the line at Tulsa (12/5/12) ... Played 32 minutes and tallied 18 points with 4 3-pointers against SMU (11/25/12) in Puerto Vallarta third-place game ... Named MSU Coors Player of the Week for week of 11/18 to start a string of three straight double-figure scoring games ... Scored 17 points against South Carolina (11/24/12) in Puerto Vallarta with a 34-minute stint in OT loss and 3 treys ... Dropped 15 points on Malone (11/21/12) in first collegiate start with 5-for-7 shooting effort, including 3-for-3 from long distance ... Scored 16 points and snagged 5 rebounds in collegiate debut against Philander Smith (11/9/12) with a 9-for-10 outing at the line ... Third on the club in scoring during 2012 summer tour of Costa Rica, with 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game with 20 assists, 11 steals and 5 3-pointers.
High School: Averaged a team-high 22.4 as a senior in 2011-12 at Johnson High in St. Paul, Minn., leading the Governors to the second round of the state playoffs ... Helped Vern Simmons' squad to a 19-7 overall record for the season and a sectional title ... Club was 12-0 in the St. Paul City Conference ... Senior season was highlighted with several memorable efforts, including: 33 points in win over Lakeville South (12/13/11), 24 points in the Best Buy Holiday Classic finals (12/31/11) to earn all-tournament honors, 25 points in win over St. Paul Central (1/27/12), 32 points vs. St. Paul Highland Park (2/9/12), 37 points in win over St. Paul Como Park (2/23/12), and 30 points in regular-season finale against Minneapolis Washburn ... Averaged 30.3 points over his last four games, including 36 in win over St. Thomas Academy in sectional final (3/16/12) ... Shot 51 percent from the field in the state tournament ... As a junior, Marshall averaged 16.0 points per game and helped his team to a 25-4 ledger in 2010-11 ... Was a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, and noted by ESPN as the No. 3 recruit in the state of Minnesota ... Signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Missouri State on Nov. 9, 2011 ... Primary MSU recruiter was assistant coach Pat Baldwin.
Personal: Marcus M. Marshall was born 6/3/94 in Minneapolis ... Son of Will Marshall and Denise Robinson of St. Paul, Minn. ... Has 12 siblings ... Undecided on academic major ... Had scholarship offers from Murray State, UNI, Kent State and Indiana State ... Also recruited by Green Bay, Minnesota, Kansas, Butler and Wisconsin.