Nov. 3, 2011
A native of Chicago, Ill., George Marshall was named second-team all-state by the Associated Press as a senior after averaging 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He missed six weeks of his senior season with a hand injury, but returned in February to lead his team to a Chicago Public League Championship, hitting the game-winner with four seconds left in the semis and then scoring a game-high 23 points in the finals.
TV: Family Guy, The Boondocks and Sportscenter
Movies: Scarface and Friday
Music: Nas, Lil' Wayne and Jay-Z
Pro Sports Teams: The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers
Who else recruited you and why did you ultimately choose Wisconsin?
Arizona, Baylor, DePaul, Wake Forest and Xavier. I chose Wisconsin because I have a really good relationship with the coaches, it's a great school for academics and it's been a successful basketball program. It's also not too far from home, and I just thought it would be the best fit.
What was your official visit like?
It was really exciting because it was when the football team beat Ohio State. The environment was crazy. I just had a great time.
When did you first meet your fellow freshmen?
I met Frank about a year ago since we're both from Illinois. I've actually known Traevon for six or seven years. We grew up playing on the AAU scene, so I've seen him at a lot of different tournaments. I just met Jarrod and the other guys on my visit.
What's the strongest part of your game?
My ability to create for myself and others.
What do you most want to work on?
I need to keep getting stronger, and really just work on every aspect of my game. I think there's room for improvement with everything you do.
What's your go-to shot in H-O-R-S-E?
I don't have a go-to shot but I do have really good range.
What is your first sports memory (both playing and watching sports)?
Playing, when my team won the city championship in middle school. Watching, when the Bulls beat the Jazz in the NBA Finals in 1997.
What has the coaching staff told you about what it takes to be a great point guard at UW?
They said you have to be tough. You have to play defense. You have to make plays, be smart and take care of the ball.
How much can you learn from Jordan Taylor?
I've been learning a lot. I've been learning something every day. He's a great player and he's been taking me through everything that's been going on.
You are George Marshall, Jr. What did people call you to separate you from your father?
When I was younger, they'd call me Little George but I eventually grew out of that.
Your dad played college basketball at Bowling Green. Have you seen footage of his playing days?
I've seen a lot of newspaper clippings, but not any video.
How did you end up at Brooks Academy?
When I was in eighth grade, they weren't a traditional powerhouse. Coming in, I was the top-ranked point guard in the state in eighth grade, so me going to Brooks wasn't likely. I had about five other guys that were also top players and we all got together and decided to go to this school and turn the program around. And that's what we did.