Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Basketball Season Grades: Sean Marshall
I am not a big Sean Marshall fan. Through most of his career, he frustrated me as much as Oates. But this year he did improve enough for fans and announcers to start grouping him with Rice and Dudley as the “Big 3.”
The highpoint of his season and career came in the final seconds of the Florida State game. His buzzer beater won the game and gave Sean his moment in the sun.
Despite the FSU heroics and improved production, this season still contained a few Marshall lapses. In these games Sean was a nonfactor scoring and often a liability defensively. Other smallish gripes: Marshall never became an effective open court ball handler, still looked for his inconsistent outside shot, even though he was much better cutting to the basket, and still threw up ill advised shots (the fling against Gtown still sticks in my mind).
But overall, Sean did get better throughout the season. His maturity and consistency served as role models to the team. He won’t be remembered as an all time great, but he did keep the team together during a turbulent season.