TERRE HAUTE — Finally … Indiana State guard Harry Marshall can crack a smile.
Marshall has had little to grin about since August when it became apparent he would be academically ineligible for ISU’s first semester men’s basketball games.
All Marshall could do was put his nose to the grindstone both in the classroom and in practice to make sure he was prepared for the time when his eligibility was reinstated. In the interim, his teammates — many of them counting on Marshall for on-court leadership — faltered to a 1-7 start.
“It’s been a long semester … I’ve been getting extra shots in, I’ve been lifting, I’ve been getting workouts in. I’ve been listening to the games … and that has helped keeps me motivated,” Marshall said.
On Thursday, Marshall received unofficial word he would become eligible. ISU coach Kevin McKenna officially confirmed Marshall’s return Friday.
Marshall should be in the lineup today when ISU travels to No. 14 Purdue to play its second ranked opponent in seven days.
“I approached this whole week as if I was playing. Even if I wasn’t reinstated, I had the mindset to make my teammates better. I just wanted to go hard and get them to go hard, so they could play with or without me,” Marshall said.
That’s no surprise to McKenna who has watched as Marshall take that approach from the beginning.
“He’s shown a lot of leadership for us without being able to play. He came to practice everyday just like he normally does, he tried to make everybody at practice better,” he said.
Marshall was an integral part of ISU’s competitive 71-60 loss at Purdue last season. He had a game-high 20 points and shot nine of ISU’s 15 free throw attempts in that game. The only other Sycamore to reach double-digit scoring was Isiah Martin, who scored 14 in that game, but who hasn’t exceeded eight points in any one game this season.
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TERRE HAUTE — Finally … Indiana State guard Harry Marshall can crack a smile.
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