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Wisconsin nabs Marshall

By Joe Henricksen

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Howard Moore continue to hit Illinois hard. The Badgers locked up George Marshall of Brooks on Tuesday.

The 6-0 point guard, who is among the top dozen prospects in the Class of 2011, is a heady player with a high basketball I.Q. and always seems to have the game under control. Marshall is a versatile offensive player, with a nice pull-up, mid-range game and also capable of knocking down shots from beyond the arc. He’s at his best, however, creating and distributing for others with his playmaking skills.

Marshall established a connection with the coaching staff and thought playing and going to school in Madison was the perfect fit.

“I developed a great relationship with coach [Howard] Moore and really think I can reach my full potential playing for coach Ryan,” said Marshall, a classy kid with no baggage. “Wisconsin had the right balance of basketball and academics. It felt right and didn’t think there was any need to wait.”

Wisconsin, who signed Deerfield’s Duje Dukan last fall and already has Bolingbrook big man Devon Hodges committed in the Class of 2011, will graduate two guards who play major minutes — Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon –this year. Current sophomore guard Jordan Taylor will be a senior and Class of 2010 recruit Josh Gasser, a 6-4 point guard, will be a sophomore when Marshall arrives on campus in the fall of 2011.