Strengths: Explosive and athletic 6-foot-5 wing with a strong and muscular build. Ahead of most of his peers in terms of the physical stature of his body. Long and lanky. Likes to attack the basket. Uses his strength and explosiveness to beat his defender when penetrating to the rim. When he attacks, he almost always looking to take contact and score. Always a threat to score in the open court because he fills the lanes so well. Displays really good athleticism and looks to play above the rim in transition. Good rebounder who overbears his opponents with his physicality on the boards. Plays the offensive glass well and follows up with tip-ins. Good perimeter defender who likes to play with aggression on that end of the floor. Isn't afraid to gamble and play the passing lanes or go after steals. Great at blocking shots thanks to his length, leaping ability, and athleticism. Tough player who doesn't mind doing all of the dirty work for his team.
Weaknesses: Shooting has gotten better but is still a work in progress. Strength and athleticism gives him potential to get where he wants to on the court but will need to continue to work on his ball-handling. He's shown that he can put the ball on the floor and force his way to the rim, however, he needs to assert himself more on the offensive end. Solid finisher but is still improving in this area. Needs to show that he can make plays for his teammate off his penetration.
Overall: The rising senior is looking forward to an increased role for Imhotep this upcoming season. While his offensive game is still developing, he has the physical tools to be an exceptional defender and rebounder. He’s really athletic and would be able to play either the “2” or “3” at the next level. Once he becomes more skillful on the offensive end, it’ll give him the confidence needed to be more assertive and impose his scoring will. Marshburn should continue to receive interest at the Division II level.
Last updated: July 29, 2015