Iowa’s Devyn Marble spent the last month working out for 15 different NBA franchises. On Thursday, he waited more than four hours to hear his name called during the NBA Draft. It was worth the wait.
Marble was selected by Denver with the 56th pick of the second round, but ended up with Orlando because of a trade. Orlando was not one of the teams Marble worked out for.
“They did have interest in me, but felt like their draft position and projections weren’t matching up with mine,” said Marble, who will fly to Orlando, Fla., today for a news conference. “We didn’t go in for a workout. But I think it’s going to be a good fit for me.”
Marble got the news of his impending selection from his agent, former Iowa guard B.J. Armstrong. Then Orlando called. Marble knew Denver was picking him for the Magic as part of a trade.
“It was just nice to be taken off the board,” Marble said. “The Orlando is a great organization for me. They’ve got some young guys with talent. I think it’s a good spot for me, to be honest.”
Marble watched the draft at a sports bar and grill in his home town of Southfield, Mich. He was joined by family and friends, the entire Iowa coaching staff and former Hawkeye teammates Melsahn Basabe and Anthony Clemmons.
“I’m so thrilled for him,” McCaffery said. “I think it’s an unbelieveable opportunity to go to a great franchise and be there for a long time. I think Orlando is a great fit for him. It’s been an awesome night for all of us to be here and be a part of it.”
As soon as he was drafted, McCaffery and Marble shared a hug.
“It was cool,” Marble said. “He just embraced me, gave me a hug and said he was proud of me. He said, “This is just one step toward your goal, trying to get to the end result, which is being on a roster come this fall.”
Versatility is one of Marble’s biggest attributes. He played with off-guard and point guard at Iowa, but things he’s play off-guard or even small forward in the NBA.
“They’ll probably use my versatility as a wing player more than a point guard,” Marble said.
Marble, a first-team all-Big Ten selection as a senior, became the first Iowa player to get drafted since Adam Haluska was taken in the second round of the 2007 Draft (43rd pick overall) by New Orleans.
The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17 points overall and 18.3 in Big Ten play as a senior, and started all 70 games his final two seasons at Iowa. He finished fifth on Iowa’s career scoring list with 1,690 points. He was also sixth in career assists (397) and seventh in steals (176).
Marble was Iowa’s 31st first-team all-Big Ten selection, and first since Haluska in 2007. He was one of three seniors on the Big Ten’s first team in 2014. The others were first-round picks, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris.
Marble, whose father, Roy, was a first-round pick in 1989, played both off-guard and point guard for the Hawkeyes during his career. Originally signed by Todd Lickliter out of Lathrup High School in Southfield, Mich., Marble had second thoughts when Lickliter was fired after the 2009-10 season. McCaffery had to recruit Marble all over, but finally got his man.
Marble started six games as a freshman, 27 as a sophomore and then every game over his final two seasons, helping McCaffery rebuilt a one-proud program and getting the Hawkeyes back to the NCAA Tournament this year for the first time since 2006. Iowa was 11-20 in Marble and McCaffery’s first season, but went to two NITs, reaching the finals in 2013, and then the NCAAs in 2014. Iowa won 25 and 21 games in Marble’s final two seasons.
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