Area basketball fans might remember the name Harry Marshall as much for his Owen Valley High School exploits as for his standout career with the Indiana State Sycamores.
The Sycamore was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Second Team following the 2010 season and was also an All-Defensive squad performer as voted on by the MVC coaches.
Marshall ended the regular season in style this winter as he scored 21 points and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Missouri State that kept ISU out of the MVC Play-in Contest for the first time since 2001.
Now you can add professional basketball player to Marshall's credits as the former student at Patricksburg Elementary recently signed a professional contract to play for Lanstede-Basketbal in Europe. He's already made a name for himself after beginning training in the Netherlands and has been recognized as a leader and a top player for the club.
Marshall played basketball for Owen Valley's middle school and high school and received several scholarship offers before choosing to join Indiana State. He earned a spot with the Sycamores as a walk-on as a freshman and played all four years for ISU. Last season as a senior, Marshall played in 24 contests and started 21 of them and led the conference scoring with 16.2 ppg. and topped ISU with a season average of 14.0 ppg. He also hit nearly 85 percent of his free throw attempts for a team that finished second in the nation in team free throw percentage.
The former Patriot also is the first-ever initial walk-on in the history of Sycamore basketball to join the 1,000-point club. Marshall averaged 3.9 rebounds per game and scored a career-high 29 points against Wichita State. Marshall is the first Sycamore to earn either first or second team all-conference honors since David Moss did so as a second teamer in 2005-06.
His mother recently emailed me and noted that she was going to be sending monthly care packages and mentioned that any cards or letters from the community would be welcome to help Marshall with the transition to a foreign country.
Below is a quick note that she sent with her address to forward any notes to a local athlete that has reached a very high level of success in the sport he loves.
"If anyone would like to send Harry some wishes or letters of encouragement to show their support you may send them to me to be forwarded. Former teammates, classmates, coaches, teachers, family, friends, fans, or just members of community are all, welcome and encouraged to send their sentiments!!! Our very own small town boy who made it to the Pros is something we should all be proud of."
Cards and letters may be sent to the following address until Sept 30th:
8250 Harris Road