Iowa City, Ia. — Devyn Marble has flown under basketball’s radar for most of his college career.
He wasn’t highly recruited at Lathrup High School in Southfield, Mich. He averaged 19.1 minutes as an Iowa freshman, but wasn’t considered one of the Big Ten’s best rookies. Marble doubled his scoring average as a sophomore, to 11.5 points, while playing in the shadow of Matt Gatens.
But Gatens is now playing professionally in Spain. The table is set for Marble to be the Hawkeyes’ go-to guy in 2012-13.
“I just take it in stride,” said Marble, who has moved from point guard to second guard this season. “I have to take on more responsibility this year.”
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, whose team meets Quincy in a 1 p.m. exhibition game Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, said that taking over the go-to role is the next step for Marble.
“That should be what he’s thinking,” McCaffery said. “That’s how we’re go
ing to use him. Hopefully, he’ll be able to do that consistently.”
Gatens attempted a team-high 369 shots last season, and averaged 15.2 points. Marble was the second-leading scorer at 11.5 points, and attempted 319 shots.
Sophomore forward Aaron White said the 6-foot-6 Marble will be a matchup problem for defenses on the wing.
“Who are you going to put on him?” White said. “Put a 6-8 guy on him and he’s going to go around him. Put a guard on him and he’s going to shoot right over him. He can score the ball at will. That’s a big asset for our team.”
McCaffery has no doubt that Marble, who scored a career-high 31 points in a second-round NIT loss at Oregon to end last season, will significantly increase his scoring average.
“He definitely will,” McCaffery said. “He’s got a game. He’s got confidence. He’s got a body.”
Marble will score in different ways since he won’t have the ball in his hands all the time, like he did as a point guard last season. Instead of isolation plays, he’ll be coming off more screens and taking more jump shots.
“He’s not afraid of the limelight in a big game,” McCaffery said. “He’s going to have that opportunity. We’re going to go to him. He’s going to have the green light on a lot of nights, and he’s going to take more shots than anyone else. And he’s going to make them.”
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