I think Marshall may surprise us this year. The RS year helped him get acclimated, and he practiced daily against four very different post players, all with different styles. MP3 is a true back to the basket player with better footwork than either of his brothers. He just lacks their strength, and to a lesser degree, their athletic ability. That said, the kid has moxie and grit. His demeanor is very different than his brothers, and I think that will make him a better defender than Mason/Miles before all is said and done.
Originally Posted by gumbomoop
I don't care for his shooting form, but that is minor if he can make shots consistently. Another difference is MP3 did not RS in High School as MP1/2 did, so the RS year in college puts him on the same development time line physically as them. Once MP3 gets his weight up, and gets stronger, it will greatly help him.
The good news is, with Mason and Ryan back, MP3 does not have to be a star out of the gate. I can't wait to see the ball dumped down to Marshall on the low block and watch him attempt to go to work down there with traditional post moves. It's going to be interesting to see how he fares. I do think his defense willl be ahead of his offense early on, but that is ok too.
One thing is for certain, MP3 is going to play with passion, and isn't going to back down from anyone. A lot like Tyler Thornton in that regard. Players like that are always valuable.
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