CHICAGO – Kendall Marshall‘s strange comeback from the broken wrist he knew about (and the fractured elbow he did not) moves to an important stage today as the ex-North Carolina point guard participates in all basketball activities as part of the NBA’s annual pre-Draft camp. Marshall, though, concedes he still has pain and is hesitant to rely on the right arm.
Marshall suffered the injury March 18 in the NCAA tournament and underwent surgery the next day to repair the wrist. Only in late-May, though, after a series of complaints about problems with the elbow, did another test reveal the fracture to that joint. That setback that cost him valuable rehabilitation time with the Draft approaching, but the injury did not require surgery.
Now he comes to the largest gathering of college prospects and several representatives from every NBA team needing to play through pain to solidify his standing as a lottery selection. He’s likely in the second half of the Draft as the No. 2 point-guard prospect, behind only Damian Lillard of Weber State. Marshall had the option of skipping the basketball drills, and would have had a good reason to do so (unlike a lot of players who skip drills every year to avoid hurting their stock), but said he will take part in every activity and test except the bench press.
“I plan on doing everything,” Marshall said. “It still hurts to kind of dribble and pass, but I’m way farther along than I was, which is a positive. If I keep doing my rehab, hopefully that pain will get to at least a complete no pain.”
The pain was lingering long enough that he initially had conversations with advisors about possibly cancelling some team workouts that follow the Chicago gathering. That concern, at least, has passed. He has several interviews set or being scheduled for teams picking late in the lottery and expects to make each workout.
“It’s healing fine,” Marshall said. “It’s getting a lot better. I’ve played a little bit of pickup with it. There is still some pain. Obviously with the elbow being something that I didn’t find out about until two weeks ago, that’s been a little bit tougher. But the wrist is almost healthy. That’s definitely a positive.”