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After his international experiment failed — for red tape and administrative reasons that Zeke Marshall referred to as “the dark side” — he believes he’s found a home with the Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics’ NBA Development League team. Two weeks after he joined the Reno Bighorns, the two-time Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year was part of a Dec. 10 three-team trade that sent him to the Red Claws. Pushing behind the scenes to get Zeke Marshall was David Lewin, a former Cavaliers scout who has been watching Marshall play since his sophomore year at UA. Lewin is the Celtics’ scouting director and serves as the Red Claws’ general manager.
Marshall knows he must work on all those, along with avoiding foul trouble. Against the Charge, he picked up three in a span of 95 seconds in the third quarter. Adjusting to the pros was hard for Marshall, who started out with Slask Wroclaw in Poland. He was released after 2½ weeks and landed in Taiwan with Yulon Luxgen, where he averaged 12.7 points and four rebounds per game. “Apparently it was my knee issues,” he said of the Poland mess. “I went to Taiwan, it was about the same thing. I didn’t want to uproot myself anymore. I thought I was wasting time developing. I had offers, I could have gotten a lot more money, but it was time for me to come over here and start polishing my game. Once I get my foot in that [NBA] door I’ll be fine. Then I’ll have all the mentors and the resources I need to do what I need to do.”
Red Claws coach Mike Taylor said the Celtics’ interest in Marshall came from the time Lewin spent around the UA program while with the Cavs. Asked if Marshall’s perception that the Celtics really wanted him was correct, Taylor said, “Without a doubt. The Celtics front office made a trade to bring him here.”
Asked if Akron center Zeke Marshall was in the plans, Grant said, “I don’t know. We had him in and he did a nice job. He’s a really nice kid. We still have a few extra spots on the summer-league team we’ve got to work through.”
Akron’s Zeke Marshall will work out for the Cavaliers on Monday, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. If he is drafted, Marshall is expected to go in the second round. The 7-foot center won the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year award as both a junior and a senior, but he has been inconsistent in his private workouts and left a few team scouts disappointed.
The Indiana Pacers will hold their fifth workouts open to the media with prospects for the 2013 NBA Draft on Tuesday, June 18 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Prospects will work out in front of team officials and conduct interviews with the media beginning at 12:30 PM. Players scheduled to workout for the Pacers on Saturday are Matt Dellavedova (St. Mary’s), Angel Sharpless (Elizabeth City State), Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State), Zeke Marshall (Akron), and Jeff Withey (Kansas). The list of players is subject to change.