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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.
“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.”
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.”