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Friday, June 8, 2012
Elbow news came weeks after wrist

By Robbi Pickeral

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said last week the team didn't know that point guard Kendall Marshall had fractured his elbow (at the same time as he fractured his wrist) until after the season.

Well after, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported Thursday:
Former North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall said he didn't know that he fractured his right elbow until six weeks ago despite the injury occurring on the same fall as his right hand injury against Creighton in the NCAA tournament. Marshall could not do contact drills at the Chicago NBA combine but he did shoot. He continued to say he wouldn't have been able to play in St. Louis but would have tried at the Final Four. UNC beat Ohio but lost to Kansas in the St. Louis regional. Marshall said he didn't want to hurt the team.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reported in Friday's editions that Marshall is working his way back from what he jokingly calls his "funny bone" injury. His elbow did not require surgery, and even though he couldn't participate in contact drills, he was out to prove that he could shoot the ball better than he showed last season. (Although his best attribute is being a pass-first guy.)
“I know my strength is getting people involved and everybody at the next level will score. I don’t need to score 20 points at the next level,” Marshall said. “I feel like I can adjust to any situation. But if a team is looking for a point guard to score first, that could be tough.”

Marshall also said he never anticipated leaving college after only two seasons. Wrote Bonnell:
Circumstances pushed him out the door. This is widely considered a weak point-guard draft, which Marshall said was a factor in his decision; he might never be more marketable than in 2012. Then, fellow underclassmen Harrison Barnes and John Henson turned pro and the tide crested.

“It just seemed time,” Marshall explained. “I think I’m at my best with weapons all around me. Everybody was leaving. It wasn’t going to be the same.”

Marshall, Henson, Barnes and 7-footer Tyler Zeller are all expected to be top-20 picks.

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