UW Hopes Marshall Fills a Priority
MADISON - The guard position will undoubtedly be a priority in the 2011 recruiting class for the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers will be graduating Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon this year and only have two true scholarship guards behind them in sophomores Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson. Thus, Wisconsin has been focusing a lot of its recruiting efforts in an attempt to find a playmaker in the backcourt. The Badgers believe they have identified one in 5-foot-11, three-star Chicago point guard George Marshall. Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore began recruiting Marshall towards the end of this summer and has made a good impression on the young lead guard. "They started recruiting me and I started talking to assistant coach Howard Moore," Marshall told Badger Nation. "I went down to a game about a month ago. At the game Bo Ryan offered me a scholarship and Howard Moore showed me around the campus and the facilities. Lately their (Badgers) recruitment has been going well, they are one of my top schools, I don't have a clear leader but they are definitely one of my favorites." Moore has stressed the strong academic focus at Wisconsin and the great degree of importance placed upon a point guard for the Badgers. "He (Moore) is saying they have all the resources I need to be successful, a good academic program and they put a lot of responsibility on the point guard, because he has added freedom to run the team, run the offense, make important decisions and make plays," Marshall said. Furthermore, Marshall is attracted to the success the Badgers have enjoyed under Bo Ryan and views on court success as one of the biggest pulls a program can have that is interested in obtaining his services. "(What I like is) probably the whole atmosphere at Wisconsin, along with the success they have had, every game they sell out and they have had a lot of success winning in the Big Ten," Marshall stated. "I am looking for a program where I can come in and contribute to the team, has a good academic program, a program that is successful." Aside from the Badgers, Marshall is also being heavily recruited by Wake Forest, Arizona, and Arizona State, along with offers from DePaul Xavier, Baylor, Ohio and Illinois State. Marshall also added that he may visit Wisconsin this coming Saturday for the showdown with in-state rival Marquette. On the court, Marshall can do a number of things from the point guard position. "I feel I am a leader," Marshall said, "a guard who can knock down shots and score, but also make other teammates better."