Roy Devyn Marble doesn’t consider himself an emotional guy. But when his name was called late in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, the former Hawkeye couldn’t hold back the tears.
Marble became the first Iowa basketball player drafted into the NBA since 2007 when he was taken with the 56th pick in the draft.
He was selected by the Denver Nuggets, but his draft rights were ultimately traded to the Orlando Magic.
“It was a surreal night,” said Marble during a teleconference Thursday. “I was just blessed to be taken off the board, and I think the Orlando Magic is a good spot for me.”
Marble was the first Hawkeye selected in the draft since Adam Haluska was selected by New Orleans at No. 43 in 2007. Marble is the 52nd Hawkeye player to be selected in the history of the program.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard was joined by 20-25 of his family and friends at a sports bar in his hometown of Southfield, Mich. That group included Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and the rest of the Iowa staff as well as former teammates Melsahn Basabe and Anthony Clemmons.
“I got real emotional,” said Marble. “I don’t think people realize how hard I had to work to get to this point in my career. I am excited to be going to a good organization, and I am just trying to enjoy the moment.”
Marble left for Orlando, Fla., this morning to attend a press conference. He will head back to Michigan for the weekend and then return to Orlando for a team dinner on either Monday or Tuesday.
Marble played both guard positions at Iowa but told a group of media members Thursday that he likely will be a shooting guard with the Magic, and he could also move over to small forward if he gets a little stronger.
The Iowa senior was a first-team all-Big Ten selection and all-district honoree this past season after averaging a team-high 17 points per game. He also led the team in steals (60), 3-pointers made (52) and free throws made (142) while finishing second on the squad in assists (118).
He was the only player in the Big Ten to average 17 points and collect 60+ steals.
Marble finished his career as the program’s fifth-highest scorer at 1,694 points. He also was fifth in program history in free throws made (432), sixth in assists (397) and seventh in steals (176).
The Southfield, Mich., native became the first Hawkeye to amass 550-plus points, 100-plus rebounds, 100-plus assists and 60-plus steals as a senior. Marble is one of only two Big Ten players since 1986 to amass 1,675-plus points, 375-plus assists, 450-plus rebounds and 175-plus steals in a career.