As one of three main returning players for Coffeyville C.C. in Kansas, 6-2, 180 pound shooting guard Fred Marshall was being counted on for major contributions in 2002-2003.
And the New Orleans native has delivered, especially in conference play.
According to Coffeyville Asst. Coach B.J. Hill, Marshall averages 24 points per game in Jayhawk East Conference action. That has helped the Red Ravens forge a tie atop the East standings this winter at 11-3.
As a direct result of his stellar play, high majors are now starting to look at Marshall.
While New Orleans and Louisiana Tech have offered Marshall, Hill said that Oklahoma and UNLV have been in to take a look at Fred.
Memphis and Illinois have called to inquire, while Wisconsin is expected to be in shortly to evaluate Marshall.
"Fred is the reason that we are in first place," Hill said. "Not only is he carrying us offensively, but he's also a tough defender."
Overall for the season, Marshall averages 19.6 points a game and shoots roughly 41 percent from beyond the three point arc. He has buried 64 three point attempts this winter, and ranks fifth among steals per game (2.36) among Jayhawk Conference players.
A fine athlete blessed with an explosive first step, Marshall is indeed one of the top sophomores in the Jayhawk Conference this winter.
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