Wisconsin Guard George Marshall decides to Transfer

George Marshall shown above, has decided to transfer from the Badgers program.

Sophomore guard George Marshall, who hasn’t played in almost a month, has decided to leave the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. The program announced Marshall’s departure before the 70-64 win Saturday over Marquette. The 5'11, 175 lb guard appeared in the Badger’s first two games of the season, but missed the next four after suffering a concussion in practice on November 15th. "I love my teammates and the team and I'm thankful to the University and Coach Ryan for the chance to play at Wisconsin," Marshall said in a release. "I'm excited to look for a new opportunity." Marshall, a native of Chicago, Illinois, was in his third year with the Badgers after redshirting the 2011-12 season. He had appeared in 37 games for UW, including six starts, averaging 4.0 points and 1.0 assist per game. One potential landing spot for Marshall could be Illinois-Chicago. Not only is Marshall a Chicago native, where he played at Brooks College Prep located in Chicago, but also the Flames coach is former UW assistant coach Howard Moore. Moore built a relationship with Marshall and his family while recruiting him to UW. On another note, Marshall also turned down a scholarship offer from another Chicago-area team, DePaul, when he chose the Badgers.


Marshall is the second member of the Badgers’ four-player 2011 recruiting class to transfer. He joins forward Jarrod Uthoff, who made a highly publicized exit from UW following the 2011-12 season. Uthoff landed at Iowa, where he sat out last season and is now a key reserve for the No. 23 Hawkeyes. Marshall is best described as a scoring point guard. He's a smart and heady player who can make plays off the dribble and create for his teammates; really understands the game and knows how to play. He possesses good leadership skills on the floor and with some added strength and more development could move up a level in his ranking. Whichever program lands this young recruit, they can be sure he’s equipped with much experience.

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Jim Polzin