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2013-14 Men's Hoops Outlook: Point Guards

November 7, 2013
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Davon Marshall

As the Liberty men's basketball team prepares for its Nov. 8 season opener versus Randolph, LibertyFlames.com will provide a four-part preview of the 2013-14 season. Today's article provides a look at the Flames' point guards.

When Marshall was asked last season to fill the role previously held by four-year starting point guard Jesse Sanders, he and his coaches knew it wouldn't be an easy fit. However, the Niagara Falls, N.Y., native proved he could handle the tall order.

Nicknamed the Niagara Falls Ghost, Marshall's performances were seen and heard throughout the 2013 Big South Championship. Averaging 18.0 ppg in the four-game span, the junior went 20-of-33 (.606) from the field, 17-of-24 (.708) from three-point land and 15-of-16 (.938) at the foul line to earn tournament MVP honors.

In Liberty's First Four game against North Carolina A&T, Marshall cemented his name in the program record books, knocking down six three-pointers to surpass Seth Curry's (102, 2008-09) single-season three-point record with 107 triples.

Marshall stayed active this summer, playing alongside Burrus with Athletes in Action in Jamaica.

"Davon is coming off a terrific junior campaign," Layer said. "He's played this summer and is in the best shape of his life. He is stronger and more confident than he's ever been. I think he's poised to build on last year in a way that we all expected him to. Last year it was finally all put together. I think this year will be another level of growth, and our expectations are very high for him."

Another player expected to earn minutes at the No. 1 spot is sophomore Joe Retic. A transfer from Owens Community College, Retic averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 5.1 assists per game with the Express. He totaled 406 points, 125 rebounds, 184 assists and 56 steals en route to earning multiple honors including, XII District 11 All-Tournament Team, NJCAA D-II All-National Tournament Team and second team All-OCCAC.

Rounding out the point guards is freshman Devon Pekas. Standing tall at 6-4, Pekas hails from Hawley, Minn. A three-year letterwinner at Hawley High School, Pekas averaged 19.1 ppg while earning all-conference and MVP honors.