Indiana offers 2015 big man Nick Marshall

  • 07/21/2014 1:04 pm in

After Raymond Spalding’s decision to commit to Louisville on Sunday, Indiana has moved on quickly with other frontcourt options remaining on the board.

The latest prospect to receive a scholarship offer is Lexington (Tenn.) center Nick Marshall, according to Brian Snow of Scout.com.

The Indiana staff scouted the 6-foot-10 center at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, where he was playing with Team Thad, this past week during the second July evaluation period.

Rated the No. 123 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, Marshall told reporters in Atlanta that Indiana is among his top five schools:

Nick Marshall anchors Team Thad’s defense on the back end, and has had a terrific July in that role. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man is a great rim protector and does a very good job snatching up rebounds in his area. After clearing the boards, he’s usually busting it down the court and looking for put-backs at the rim. He’s not a finished product on the offensive end yet, but he’s coming along in that area. Following Thursday morning’s win, Marshall named a top five that consisted of Clemson, Indiana, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Other schools that have expressed varying degrees of interest in Marshall include Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tennessee and Texas A & M.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • marcusgresham

    Rim protector, rebounder, busting it down the court–’nuff said. He looks quite a bit thicker than Spalding, too. Someone tell him not to concern himself with SEC schools unless he plans on playing tight end.

  • jmac

    Need to hear more about this guy. CREAN has recruited a lot of rim protectors. Will this one be any different?

  • SCHoosier

    Yea but this guy can actually protect the rim when its ON the basket..not in storage):

  • SCHoosier

    Alex..did this kid just qualify academically….reason for late interest and offers? Would he be a “contingent” offer like Patterson was and have to cut it in some summer classes (too late for that?)

  • MK

    no one ever expected anything from Bawa or Tijan – they weren’t rim protectors they were space fillers. This is an actual basketball player.

  • Gregory Spera

    To bad about Spalding, but you could see that one coming ever since we found out that our “recruiting coordinator” had actually been working as a double agent for Pitino and Louisville. Hurts because I know ITH had billed him as a “big priority” for Crean. Would certainly take Marshall at this point and be thrilled. Still confident that Indiana can compete with the likes of Clemson and Mississippi State for recruits.

  • marcusgresham

    …but nothing has ever filled space quite like Tijan’s elbows.

  • NateMH

    With the recent downward trend on the recruiting trail I’d be thrilled with this guy. I’d dare to say our 4yr streak of signing a McD’s All-American is coming to a stop this year. I’m not sure what happened, but it seems as tho CTC has lost his momentum. If we can turn it around and get in the tourney again this year I could see him recapturing it.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, the name “Pitino” was the equivalent to Cialis for Spalding, but you can’t blame the kid since it’s his hometown.

  • NateMH

    Yea, I get the vibe of desperation lingering around our program

  • Hoosier Hall

    I figured Spalding would go to Louisville, it makes sense. He’s literally staying home. This guy seems like a solid player and has good size. Man, sure would love to have Luke Fischer still and not have a care in the world about all these other big men.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Marshall got offers from Florida and Alabama today….he is legit, not a desperation move

  • NateMH

    That is good to hear, it’d be great to pick up a big guy we could get excited about.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I wouldn’t give up on our bigs just yet!

  • N71

    Considering how difficult it is to land premium centers I thought Gonzaga had a smart thing going a number of years back. To first qualify myself, this isn’t fact based, its more pulling the essence of their strategy from mere perception. Its as though they would always have 2 or 3 Jeremiah April’s in process at various stages of development. A 4th may even be playing at a pre determined JC waiting for his chance to get called up so-to-speak. It wouldn’t hurt if IU considered something similar. They need to be legit though, Bawa or Tijan wouldn’t be at the level I would hope for. This approach would, in theory, lead to a more stable front court position versus always being in a state of transition.

  • SCHoosier

    Huh?. Cialis? .U expect Spaulding and Pitino to sit in bath tubs holding hands at sunset? Damn n o wonder they got him:)

  • ForeverIU

    Another prediction on 247 for Thon Maker going to IU (yesterday). The last four predictions are for IU. There’s been talk about him reclassifying to 2015. If Marshall accepts, will we oversign with Thon Maker (or any of the other elite bigs)? I have a good feeling about Thon Maker, but 247 does not list an offer to him from IU. Does anyone know if we’ve offered Maker?

  • OhioHoosier

    We have offered both him and his brother Matur.

  • ForeverIU

    That’s what I thought and was surprised the offer was not listed on 247.

  • Eugene Debs

    Nationally, people kinda see Crean as a “tool.”

    Also, let’s face it, he’s only had 2 good years at IU and that was with serious talent.

  • Bryce Kepner

    You realize that in Knight’s time, people weren’t a huge fan of his either…

  • Bryce Kepner

    Gonzaga also recruits great European big men! They usually have a lot more experience coming into college

  • HoosierHysteria5

    I don’t necessarily care if people like Crean. As long as he can get us wins and banners, I’m happy. (I’m still waiting on that last part…)

  • IUJeff

    How about the Big Ten regular season championship banner from 2012-13?

    Haters gonna hate but geez, do a little homework.

  • HoosierHysteria5

    Ok, no need to bite my head off. Excuse me for forgetting that Big Ten regular season championship banner. I was, however, talking about national championship banners. I don’t hate Crean, but thank you for putting words in my mouth. I was having trouble finding them on my own.

  • Michael

    lol…

  • Michael Crawley

    Wow! I hope you are right Thon would be Huge! There are prediction about Thon going to IU? That kid is Legit a program changer! Two big studs like Thon and Marshall with the best back court in the country. Guys that would be banner #6. My gosh we would be loaded!

  • hardly

    let’s hope…S&C is IU’s strong suit so that fits him well.

  • HoosierGrampy

    I’m glad Fischer moved on when he did…he might have developed into a really good player and then gotten “homesick”…that would have really sucked.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Before getting hyper excited about the possibilities of successfully recruiting Maker and Marshall, remember that CTC doesn’t feature bigs in his guard-oriented offensive sets…and it would be unlikely to see both of them on the floor at the same time. Cross your fingers, but don’t hold your breath to see either of them in stripes. (I hope I’m wrong, but we’ll see.)

  • Guest

    S&C…?

  • hardly

    strength & conditioning

  • HoosierGrampy

    IU’s offer is not listed on Maker’s 2016 profile either, fyi. On the other hand, 2015’s Doral Moore’s profile does show an IU offer…I don’t recall reading anything about him, but there are some good YouTube highlight videos of him. Dude got hops, game and runs well.

  • IUBizmark

    I agree, but if you’ve watched Thon play, he plays like a SF with the hight of a Center. Having Marshall anchor the paint for rebounding and D and allowing Maker to dribble drive would likely be how Crean uses him.
    I’m not thrilled about another one and done big, but there isn’t another player I’d rather get than Thon.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Yeah , you gotta do a little homework on Maker. He is a big man but has the skill sets of a SF. He can block a ton of shots though

  • plane1972

    I don’t think many kids with the size of a traditional center want to play in a system that would feature a center because most prefer to face the basket, and they know they will look better and have more space when surrounded by good guards. It didn’t stop Cody or Noah. It won’t stop guys like Thon and Zimmerman from at least looking at IU, particularly since Crean has a recent record of sending them on to the league. Not saying we will get Thon or Zimmerman, but guys like that will look IU if the current trend continues.

  • hardly

    i’m thinking he should play a 3, which is where he will play in the nba. he seems to have the skills to play it, and that’s how i would recruit him.

  • Michael Crawley

    i know… You gotta get excited about something though.

  • SCHoosier

    Is that anything like S&M?

  • Bryce Kepner

    in the last ten years they’ve made the tourney more times then we have….

  • HoosierGrampy

    The lengthy list of schools recruiting Maker, Stone and Zimmerman contain some very successful and relevant schools. While it would be great to have any of these young men on campus, I am not optimistic about our chances of getting a LOI from any of them. Still don’t see the name Doral Moore featured in any articles on recruiting–ESPN does list an IU offer, though.
    CTC has coached a grand total of 4 players who got drafted in the NBA’s 1st Round. Coach Cal put more than that into the league in 1 year. Coaches Izzo, Boeheim, “K”, Self, Miller, Alford, Beilein, Matta, Donovan also have a fairly lengthy list of former players who are now in the NBA. CTC’s sending 4 to the league is nothing special…it could become a great recruiting tool, and perhaps it will be–but not the way the program is developing during his watch.

  • HoosierGrampy

    YouTube shows a video clip of Thon Maker and Skal Labissiere squaring off in Day 1 of NBPA Camp. While offensively he has a nice, mixed skill set somewhere between Garnett and Durant, I don’t see a college coach letting anyone 7′ tall stray too far from the paint…his “D” on Labissiere frankly sucked on several trips down court.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I get what you are saying, but if you coach Maker, you let him play to his strengths. The guy can step out and hit the long range shot easily and has a good midrange game. Of course he’ll play in the paint, but you allowing him to play his game will REALLY space the floor for whoever he plays for.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Vonleh had really decent 3-point range, but Crean’s offensive mind set/coaching style is NOT going to encourage any big man to emulate guards. Watford had Zeller in the paint. Maker will not likely have someone with those skills under the rim.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Vonleh took 3s last year. I’m not saying Maker is going to stay on the wing 100% of the time. He plays in the paint but also has the ability to shoot from outside. Period

  • deebo

    Sign him