Junior Julius Marshall - Men's Basketball - Evergreen Athlete of the Week
December 01, 2003
by James J. Portune
OLYMPIA, Wash. - For transfer players, those who have played at other colleges before coming to The Evergreen State College, the transition can be tough. In less than two months they are expected to learn head coach John Barbee's offensive and defensive system and have an immediate impact.
Issaquah native Julius Marshall (Issaquah H.S.) has not only lived up to the expectations but has exceeded them. A 13-point, 8-rebound, performance against Pacific Lutheran University and a 20-point game against Malaspina University at the Lewis-Clark State KOZE Clearwater Casino Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho, this last weekend earned Marshall Evergreen Athlete of the Week.
"With the other players scoring it opened up Julius," said Barbee. "He does everything. When he is on the floor he tries to the correct things."
Standing 6'4", typical size for a four-year college shooting guard or small forward, you would expect to see Marshall playing out on the offensive wing. Against Malaspina on Saturday (Nov. 29), Marshall showed he is a long-range threat by hitting 5-of-5 three point shots. But where Marshall does most of his damage is in the paint against much taller post players. In the season opener at Saint Martin's, Marshall pulled down a game high 10 rebounds. Friday (Nov.28) against PLU, Marshall lead the team again with a game high 8 rebounds.
"Julius has always had a good noise for the ball," said Barry Janusch, his former coach at Olympic College and current Athletic Director. "His ability to rebound made him a prolific scorer at Issaquah High School and for us."
It has been two seasons since Marshall last competed in a college game. Last year he reshirted at Harris Stowe State College in St. Louis, Missouri. He sat out the 2001-02 season. His freshman (1999-00) and sophomore (2000-01) years he played for Coach Janusch at Olympic in Bremerton, Wash.
Coach Barbee recruited Marshall to Evergreen after seeing him play in open gym over the summer.
The tell-tall sign that Marshall played well in Idaho was his selection to the five player All-Tournament team.